Head coach Lane Burroughs announced that right-handed pitcher Brandon Smith has signed to join the 2014 Northwestern State baseball team.
The 6-3, 200 pound junior college transfer played at Meridian Community College and led the Eagles to a 2012 conference championship. He has a career 3.93 earned run average and 110 strikeouts and 23 walks.
"We are very excited that Brandon has decided to become a Demon. He comes from two tradition rich programs in Meridian (MS) Community College and Petal High School where he played for Dillon Sudduth and Larry Watkins," said Burroughs. "Brandon is an experienced pitcher that really fills up the strike zone with three quality pitches. He played for Coach (Chris) Curry (Demon pitching coach) at MCC as a freshman, so he is ready for everything we will throw at him."
The Petal, Miss., native helped his high school team to an overall record of 104-32 during his four years including two state titles and a national ranking. His record on the mound was 29-5 and had a .440 batting average his junior year and a .370 average his senior season.
"Brandon is used to competing for Championships and that is something we need around our young players," said Burroughs. "He is a quality arm, but more importantly a tremendous student and young man."
Smith was a four-year letterman in both baseball and football.
He was named a Mississippi Scholar, a member of the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, and active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
At Meridian he was named to the Dean's List and Who's Who Among America's Universities and Junior Colleges.
The biology major is the son of Rhonda and David Smith and has one brother, Drew. After graduation from NSU he would like to be accepted into medical school and become a successful doctor.