Northeast Mississippi Community College signs Kentucky transfer

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BOONEVILLE, Miss. – Northeast Mississippi Community College head baseball coach Kent Farris has announced the addition of Tyler Cox, a University of Kentucky transfer, to the Tiger 2014 baseball team.

Cox, a native of Lexington, Kentucky, toed the rubber for the Wildcats during the 2013 season after signing with the four-year university out of Paul Dunbar High School in Kentucky.

During the 2013 season for Kentucky, Cox made four appearances for the Wildcats while throwing 4.1 innings and allowing just six hits and two earned runs for the Wildcats. Cox also had a 1.000 fielding percentage for the Wildcats – converting on both of his fielding chances in the 2013 season.

Cox was a member of one of the highest recruiting classes in the country when the University of Kentucky signed the Dunbar product.

Collegiate Baseball ranked the University of Kentucky signing class as the eleventh-best in the nation while Baseball America made the Wildcats 2013 recruiting class the eighteenth-best in the nation.

Prior to joining the Wildcats, Cox starred at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, Kentucky and was named a Rawlings All-Central Regional Honorable Mention in 2012.

After posting a 4-4 record on the mound and one save, Cox was also an honorable mention selection to the Kentucky All-State Baseball Region 11 team as well.

During his senior season, Cox, a right-handed pitcher, struck out 65 batters in 51 innings pitched while posting a 2.35 earn run average and lead the Bulldogs to a 24-15 overall record, an 8-7 mark in Region 11 and a 6-4 record in the 43rd District.

Cox, who was a dual threat for the Bulldogs, hit .314 during the 2012 season with five doubles and the 5-11, 180-pound right-hander helped Paul Laurence Dunbar score 190 runs while holding the opposition to just 116.

During the 2012 season, Dunbar reached the first round of the Region 11 playoffs and advanced to the championship game of the 43rd District playoffs.

During his four years with the team, Cox helped the Bulldogs amass an 86-57 record with three trips to the 43rd District playoffs, an appearance in the Region 11 playoffs and outscored the opposition 828-596.