Beavers Sign Six From Portland Area

Nov. 26, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State signed six baseball players from the Portland area during the fall early signing period that concluded recently, OSU head coach Pat Casey announced Wednesday. The Beavers signed shortstop Darwin Barney (Beaverton, Ore./Southridge HS); righthanded pitchers Nate Fogle (Gresham, Ore./Centennial HS, Mt. Hood CC) and Marc Hamel (Portland, Ore./David Douglas HS); righthanded pitcher/first baseman Eddie Kunz (Portland, Ore./Parkrose HS); righthanded pitcher/outfielder Rob Summers (Beaverton, Ore./Southridge HS); and righthanded pitcher/shortstop Dan Turpen (McMinnville, Ore./McMinnville HS).

All six will join OSU's program next fall. OSU will also announce several additional signings from the early-signing period at a later date.

'This gives us back-to-back recruiting classes that we feel have been the best in the sate in quite some time,' Casey said. 'It's a group with good diversity; there are some pitchers, some infielders ... I think it's going to be a real solid class with some guys who have a chance to come in and compete for positions early.'

Barney was the Metro League Player of the Year last spring and an all-state first team selection. He batted .412 with three home runs, 11 runs batted in and nine stolen bases during the high school season; in summer American Legion baseball, he hit .528 with eight homers, 45 RBIs and was 20-for-20 on stolen bases.

'It was mostly because it felt like the right thing to do,' Barney said of choosing OSU. 'It's a program on the rise. I felt like I would fit in with the players and coaches, and I really liked the campus.'

Said Casey: 'Darwin Barney is a very good athlete. He's a very capable offensive player who can run. He'll have a tremendous chance to try to fill Tony Calderon's place at shortstop in 2005.'

Fogle was an All-Southern Region first team selection last spring, going 5-2 with a 1.41 ERA; in 51 innings, he allowed just 26 hits and 14 walks while striking out 75.

'I've always want to go there,' Fogle said of Oregon State, where he plans to study History. 'I've always been an OSU fan, and it's the closest school to home.'

Said Casey: 'Nate Fogle could come in and be a dominant arm. He had great success last year, and I anticipate him coming in and being an impact guy immediately.'

Hamel was an All-Mt. Hood Conference second team pick last spring as a first baseman. On the mound, he posted a 5-1 record and 2.46 ERA; in 63 innings, he allowed just 43 hits while striking out 83. At the plate, he batted .389 with three homers, one triple, 10 doubles, 24 RBIs and was 3-for-3 on stolen bases.

'I liked everything about Oregon State,' said Hamel, who is considering majoring in Education. 'The program is getting better every year, and coach (Dan) Spencer (the OSU assistant who recruited him) is a great guy. I really like it there.'

Said Casey: 'Marc Hamel is a kid with good upside. We project him to be a guy who's going to get a lot better in the next couple of years.'

Kunz was 1-4 with one save and a 4.35 ERA last spring, striking out 53 while walking only 19 in 31 innings; he also batted .278 with three homers and 11 RBIs. His numbers were much improved during the American Legion season, though, lowering his earned run average to 2.82 and striking out 81 in 49 2/3 innings while raising his batting average to .432 with 15 homers and 44 RBIs.

'I really liked the atmosphere there,' Kunz said of OSU. 'It's got a great college town feeling, and I want to see what that's like. It's a little town, it's got great scenery, and I really like the outdoors.'

Said Casey: 'Eddie Kunz has the potential to be a two-way guy; he could well be one of the best high school arms in the state, along with Dan Turpen. They'll be coming into a good situation with us losing a lot of arms after next season.'

Summers was 6-0 with one save and a 1.06 ERA last spring; in 46 1/3 innings, he allowed 34 hits and just 11 walks while striking out 59. He also batted .360 with two homers and 18 RBIs. He was named to the All-Metro League first team and the all-state third team as a pitcher; as a sophomore, he'd been all-league first team as a utility player.

'It's close to home and it's a great baseball school,' Summers said of OSU, where he'll study Business. 'They've got great coaches; I've heard a lot of good things about them.'

Said Casey: 'Rob Summers is a real good athlete. We've seen him perform very well both on the mound and in the field. He has good potential power. Athletically, he could compete early here.'

Turpen was 8-5 with a 2.06 ERA last spring and batted .468 with two homers and 24 RBIs, earning Pacific-9 Co-Player of the Year honors and being named to the all-state third team as a pitcher. In summer American Legion ball, he was 9-1 with a 1.10 ERA and batted .326 with two homers.

'I really liked the baseball program and the coaches,' said Turpen, who is interested in studying Physics and Business. 'And it's close to home for my family to come see me play.'

Said Casey: 'Daniel Turpen is one of the best pitchers in the state, and he's a great athlete. I think he'll be a guy who can pitch for us early in his career.'

OREGON STATE BASEBALL LETTERS OF INTENT - FALL, 2003

Darwin Barney, SS (Beaverteron, Ore./Southridge HS)In 2003, batted .412, 3 HRs, 11 RBIs, 9 SBs;Metro League Player of the Year; all-state first teamNate Fogle, RHP (Gresham, Ore./Centennial HS, Mt. Hood CC)In 2003, 5-2, 1.41 ERA;NWAACC All-Southern Region first teamMarc Hamel, RHP (Portland, Ore./David Douglas HS)In 2003, 5-1, 2.46 ERA; batted .389, 3 HRs, 24 RBIs, 3-3 SBs;All-Mt. Hood Conference second team first basemanEddie Kunz, RHP/1B (Portland, Ore./Parkrose HS)In 2003, 1-4, 1 save, 4.35 ERA; batted .278, 3 HRs, 11 RBIs;Rob Summers, RHP/OF (Beaverton, Ore./Southridge HS)In 2003, 6-0, 1 save, 1.06 ERA; batted .360, 2 HRs, 18 RBIs;All-Metro League first team pitcher; all-state third team pitcherDan Turpen, RHP/SS (McMinnville, Ore./McMinnville HS)In 2003, 8-5, 2.06 ERA; batted .468, 2 HRs, 24 RBIs;Pacific-9 Conference Co-Player of the Year; all-state third team pitcher
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