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LSUS signs two top recruits to baseball program

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Shreveport, LA (LSUS Sports Information) -

The LSU Shreveport Pilots baseball program got better after signing a pair of recruits that should make an immediate impact with left handed pitcher Kevin Williams (League City, Tex.) and Cody Cross (Metairie, La.).

Today is a big day for our program with the addition of Kevin and Cody," said LSUS Head Coach Al Cantwell. "Having a guy like Kevin will be a big addition to our staff. He has had the ball at the biggest stage of his level and has gotten the job done. He is a winner and his experience and maturity will help us tremendously."

Williams will enter his junior season as he transfers from Tyler Junior College after winning the 2014 NJCAA Division III World Series. The Apaches swept through the field winning all four games but it was Williams who got the ball rolling as he picked up the win in the opener allowing just three runs (two earned) on five hits with five strikeouts working around three walks in seven innings of work.

In 14 starts for the Apaches, Williams posted a 7-3 record with a 2.88 earned run average and led the team with 78 innings pitched. LSU Shreveport Pilots Pitching Coach is excited with the opportunity to get to work with Williams, "His work ethic is second to none; he will come in and make an impact and be in our starting rotation. The way he prepares himself reminds me of the work ethic that Jared Mortensen had who is now in the Minor Leagues." The 6-1 southpaw brings a repertoire of an above average fastball, good breaking ball and a changeup that is getting better day by day.

Not only is Williams a good tool to have on the field but he gets his work done in the classroom as well having already earned his Associates Degree in Exercise Science he will now work toward his Bachelor's Degree in Community Health at LSUS. He aspires to one day become a strength and conditioning coach or perhaps a baseball coach in the future after his playing days are done.

Cross comes to LSUS as a true freshman out of Grace King High School in Metairie, Louisiana, where he was a standout student/athlete. He compiled a perfect GPA of 4.0 and also scored high on his ACT with a 26. He will enter the Criminal Justice Field at LSUS. Not only did he excel in the classroom but he gathered many awards for his efforts on the diamond.

His number speak for themselves with a career batting average of .386 accompanied with six homeruns and 126 runs batted in over his four-year letter career. He will be listed on the LSUS roster as a catcher but he also experienced some success on the mound for the Fighting Irish posting an overall record of 20-8 with a 2.73 ERA with 200 career strikeouts and three no-hitters.

During his high school career Cross compiled plenty of accolade do go along with his stats as he was a three-time All-District Selection. His senior season boosted his resume as well as he was named to the All-State team after claiming All-Metro team honors and the 8-5A District Player of the Year.

The Pilots will have their pick as to where Cross ends up defensively as he also played short stop for the Fighting Irish but Coach Brent Lavallee says that he will more than likely end up behind the plate for the Pilots, "He has good hands and an above average arm for anyone coming out of high school. It is never a bad thing when you have a young player that can play many positions but we feel he will best serve us behind the plate, our pitchers will love throwing to him, but that is not to say he won't play any other positions for us."

Coach Lavallee first saw Cross play in summer ball after his junior season, "I was very impressed by his demeanor and bulldog type mentality and especially how he performs in the classroom as well. He is everything a coach dreams of."

"We were really excited when Cody was here on his visit. We are looking for him to challenge for time behind the plate. You can't teach arm strength like he has and he will be a big weapon for us behind the plate," ended Coach Cantwell.

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