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Baseball Adds 12 for the 2019 Season

UNCGSpartans.com 01-10-2018

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Head coach Link Jarrett and staff announced the addition of 12 student-athletes for the 2018-19 academic year. This class features four junior college transfers and eight players out of high school. The Spartans will add five position players and seven pitchers in this year’s class.

Zack Budzik is a prototypical middle infielder from Monroe, North Carolina. He possesses the tools that will make him a threat at the plate and on the bases. Budzik is an exceptional fielder with great range and a strong arm. He earned four letters at Sun Valley High and has been a starter for three prior seasons, earning All-Southern Carolina Conference last season. He was Sun Valley’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2016 and played for Region Six in the Powerade State games earlier this summer. Last season, he led Sun Valley High back to the state playoffs for the first time in ten years. He is the first Division I baseball commit from Sun Valley in the last 15 seasons. As a sophomore, he hit for a .373 average with four doubles and stole 10 bases. His junior season saw him hit for a .347 average with eight extra-base hits including his first home run.

During the summers, he played with the Carolina Vipers under coach Aaron Bray. In 2017, he was a WWBA World Championship All-Tournament team selection, as well as a WWBA 17U National Championship All-Tournament Team honoree. In 2016, he garnered WWBA Underclass World Championship All-Tournament team honors and WWBA 16U National Championship All-Tournament Team award. With Budzik, the Vipers were champions of the 2016 Perfect Game Elite Underclass Championship.

He is the son of Tom and Pan Budzik and has one brother, Jacob. He plans to major in business while at UNCG.

UNCG adds a catcher from one of the country’s most talented travel teams in Hunter Corbett. Corbett has earned three letters at Deland High under head coach Roger Hutchinson in the 5 Star Conference located in Florida. Corbett has the tools to be a top-level defensive catcher at UNCG. He possesses a physical frame with great athleticism behind the plate. He has a great feel for receiving and blocking with solid arm strength. Corbett will be a big addition to the Spartan catching ranks who will see two of their catchers depart after graduating this season.

As a sophomore at Deland High, he hit for a .326 average with three doubles, a triple and drove in 11 runs. As a junior, he hit for a .455 average and led Deland to the FHSAA Class 9A – District 2 Championship. He was a scholar athlete award winner during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years, as well as a recipient of DeLand High Academic Award in 2015. He is currently a member of the honor roll.

For two seasons he has competed for the Central Florida Gators head coach, Joe Mercadante. He was a 2017 Perfect Game Preseason Underclass All-American Honorable Mention and was named to the Showcase Top Prospect team honorable mention at the 2016 Perfect Game National Underclass Showcase. He has been a member of the 2016 16U Perfect Game World Series Champions and his Central Florida Gators were ranked No. 1 in 2016 for all 16U Travel Ball teams. The Gators were also ranked ninth in 2017 for all 17U Travel Ball teams. He is a Top 500 player in the class of 2018.

Corbett is the son of Craig and Jennifer Corbett and has one sister, Haleigh. He intends to major in business at UNCG.

Jacob Curry will join the Spartans after playing two seasons with Southeastern CC in West Burlington, Iowa. In his freshman season with the Blackhawks, Curry made 11 appearances with seven starts. He earned a 3-1 record in 38.0 innings of work and struck out 34 hitters while earning a 4.74 ERA. Curry’s arsenal includes a fastball with good life and movement, as well as a swing-and-miss type slider.

Curry was a four-year letter winner at Pontiac Township High in Pontiac, Illinois under head coach Brian Lambert. He was an All-Cornbelt Conference performer in his junior and senior seasons as well as being an all-conference infielder as a junior. He led his team to a Cornbelt title as a junior and the PTHS Indians won back-to-back regional championships, the first in 33 years for the school. As a senior, he went 6-3, starting 10 games and appearing in 14. He struck out 61 hitters in 66.1 innings of work and earned a 2.22 ERA in his final season. For his efforts, he was named an Patagraph Area and MCStrong All-Star. He competed for the Decatur Commodores for three seasons under coach Kevin Koslofski. During high school, he was a member of the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society in high school.

Curry is the son of Craig and Rita Curry and plans to major in kinesiology.

The Spartans will add first baseman Mike Ferrara, Jr. for the 2019 season. Ferrara plays his prep baseball at Archbishop Wood High in Warminster, Pennsylvania, earning two letters. Ferrara led the Vikings to two District 12 Championships and a Catholic League Finalist. He earned All Catholic League honors as he finished among the top 25 of all southeastern Pennsylvania hitting leaders. He led Archbishop Wood in batting average, home runs and recorded the best fielding percentage.

Ferrara is a solid defender with potential to hit for a high average and high slugging percentage. The right-handed hitter possesses power to all fields and is expected to be a middle of the order type of bat.

He has competed for two seasons with the Philly Bandits under coach David Amaro. Through the summer of 2017, he helped the Bandits earn a 41-3 record and was named to the Perfect Game WWBA All-Tournament team.

He is the son of Kristina Ferrara and intends to major in business administration.

The Spartans also boost the pitching ranks with left-handed pitcher Ryan Hennen. Hennen was the 2016 NJCAA DIII National Pitcher of the Year, as well as being named a 2017 Third Team Academic All-American. He has experiences great success by commanding all of his pitches in any count. With Century College last season, he appeared in 12 games, making nine starts. He earned a 7-0 record, and a 1.80 ERA in 65.0 innings pitched. He struck out 71 hitters, good for a 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. 

Hennen earned three letters for Cold Spring High; in Cold Spring, Minnesota under head coach Jeff Illies. With the Cold Springs Spartans, Hennen was a two-time All-Central Lakes Conference selection, two-time all-area honoree and was selected as the all-area Player of the Year and was a Minnesota All-Star participant. He started seven games as a senior, going 6-1 and earning a 1.20 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 39 innings. He went 8-0 as a junior with 85 strikeouts in 52.2 innings pitched, earning a 0.79 ERA. As a sophomore, he made three starts, with a 1.80 ERA and a 2-1 record.

Hennen is the son of Doug and Sharon Hennon. He has two siblings, Jake and Kristie and plans to major in kinesiology.

The next addition to next year’s class is Maddux Holshouser. Holshouser is a left-handed pitcher from Salisbury, North Carolina and competed at Jesse C. Carson High School in China Grove. With the Carson Cougars, Holshouser earned four letters under head coach Chris Cauble. His junior season he earned all-county and all-conference honors.

As a sophomore, Holshouser appeared in 11 games, earning a 5-2 record for Carson High. He logged 46.0 innings and struck out 31 hitters, earning a 3.80 ERA. His junior season he earned a 6-3 record in 14 appearances. In 46.1 innings, he raised his strikeout numbers to 45 and lowered his ERA to 1.96.

Holshouser competed for the South Charlotte Panthers for summer ball under coach Don Hutchins. He’s a projectable pitcher that has the ability to keep hitters off balance with his breaking ball.  

He is the son of Jeffery and Jennifer Holshouser and intends to major in finance at UNCG.

Corey Jackson is an athletic right-handed pitcher from Surrey, British Columbia who played his freshman season at New Mexico Junior College. Entering his sophomore year, he transferred to play at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa. As a freshman, Jackson went 1-0 in seven appearances and one start.

Jackson’s dominant fastball swing-and-miss slider allow for some versatility from the right-hander. Jackson has the potential to work into the starting rotation or serve in the closer role out of the bullpen.

Jackson competed at the Yale Secondary school in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada during his prep career. As a senior, he earned a 5-0 record, making six appearances and five starts. He struck out 36 hitters in 27 innings pitched to go with a 3.10 ERA. In his sophomore and junior seasons, he struck out 80 hitters in 74.2 innings of work, earning four wins.

The Spartan pitching staff will add another key piece in right-handed pitcher Austin Koehn. Koehn is a four-year letterwinner at Patterson Mill High in Bel Air, Maryland under head coach Matthew Roseland. A highly decorated prep athlete, Koehn was named first team all-conference, first team all county, first team all-metro and was a second team all-state selection as a junior. He earned 2017 MSABC preseason all-state team honors and competed for the MSABC Classic North Region team. In 2016, he earned first team all-conference, all-county and all-metro, as well as Baltimorebaseball.com’s Diamond Nine 2016 Big 26 Maryland team all in 2016. 

Koehn’s competes with the Baltimore Redbirds during the summer, playing under head coach Jonas Fester. Previously, he competed with the Mid-Atlantic Dirtbags of the Arena Starz. He was named to the 2017 All-Tournament Team during the Perfect Game World Championships as well as earning Arena Starz 2014 National Championship as part of the Triple Crown Summer Nationals.

He is the son of Jeffery and Michelle Koehn and plans to major in business management at UNCG.

Jackson Prillaman will add a lot of versatility to the Spartans, being that he has the ability to play multiple positions. He earned four letters at Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point. He is a two-time all-conference honoree and was an all all-area selection at second base as a sophomore. He hit for a .403 average in his sophomore season with two home runs ands seven stolen bases. As a junior, he hit for a .396 average with three homers and 11 doubles. He has competed with the NCBA Golden Spikes for four seasons under head coach Scott Bankhead.

Prillaman is the son of Michael and Cheryl Prillaman and plans to major in business administration. He has three siblings, including Caylin Prillaman (High Point, N.C./Wesleyan Christian) who is a member of the UNCG women’s soccer team.

The Spartans add a tough, gritty infielder in Nick Solomita. Solimita is a shortstop that exhibits the ability to be a threat at the plate to accompany his solid glove and strong arm.

He earned four letters while at North Lincoln High. The Denver, North Carolina native helped the Knights earn a 3A/4A Conference championship in 2016, and was part of the best offensive game in school history. He drove in five of the Knight’s 20 runs, hitting a grand slam in the contest. Solomita helped win the South Fork Conference tournament by hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning off of one the top pitching prospects in the state. In his junior campaign, he hit for a .344 average with five doubles, three home runs and swiped six bases.

He also competed with the South Charlotte Panthers during summer ball. In 2016, he helped the team get off to a 19-0 start before dropping its first game. His team won the Perfect Game Super 25 Team Championship and was named to the All-Tournament team. Solomita earned WWBA Underclass World Championship All-Tournament honors in Fort Myers, Florida. This year, he was named a Perfect Game Preseason Underclassman All-American. During the 2016 summer and fall season, Solomita hit for a .333 average with 39 runs scored, 21 RBI and stole 17 bases and followed that with a.324 average with 35 runs scored, drove in 21 runs and stole 17 bases in the summer and fall season this year.

In the classroom, he is a member of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, member of the Spanish club, member alliance for Christ, discreet math award and part of the beta club.

He is the son of Freddy and Barbara Solomita and plans to major in communications while at UNCG.

The Spartan pitching staff adds a left-handed pitcher from Des Moines, Iowa in Jack Voigt. Voigt played the last two seasons at Century College in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. The southpaw has great deception on his fastball has potential for a great slider. Last year with the Wood Ducks, Voigt made 14 appearances, earning a 5-2 record in 36.1 innings of work. He struck out 53 hitters for an average of 13.1 per nine innings pitched. Voigt’s abilities will allow him to fulfill many roles for the Spartans.

He played his prep career at Ankeny High School in Ankeny, Iowa graduating in 2016. He earned four letters with the Hawks under head coach Joe Balvanz where he was a prep all-star and all-conference selection. In his senior year, he went 5-4 in 10 appearances. He logged 55.2 innings of work, striking out 58 hitters and earning a 2.16 ERA. He also played for the Ankeny Cubs for five seasons under coach Pat Geary. Last summer he competed in the Northwoods League with the Willmar Stingers.

Jack is the son of Jim and Mindy Voigt and plans to major in engineering while at UNCG. He has two younger siblings, Anna and Charlie.

Jake Wolf will join the Spartans after competing for Middle Creek High during his prep career in Apex, North Carolina. Wolf earned two letters playing under head coaches Jeremy Thompson and Wes King. The right-handed pitcher possesses the ability to throw several quality pitches accompanying his power breaking ball. Wolf has the potential to be used in high-leverage situations, using his breaking ball as a strikeout pitch. He was named to the 2017 NC Powerade State Games, representing Region 3.

During his junior season, Wolf helped Middle Creek HS finish with a 22-5 record, making it to the third round of the state playoffs. He was a three-sport athlete and earned two varsity letters in baseball and basketball as well as competing in football during his sophomore season. As a sophomore, he made 15 appearances with nine starts to earn a 9-0 record. He logged 70.2 innings and struck out 54 hitters to earn a 2.30 ERA. He appeared in 15 games with five starts to earn a 4-1 record as a junior, earning a 1.89 ERA in over 35 innings of work, striking out 38 hitters.

He competed with the Dirtbags travel team under head coach Trey Daly. He played for Perfect Game in Atlanta in 2016 and 2017 as well as competing at Fort Myers in 2016 with Perfect Game. Outside of baseball, he has volunteered for the Miracle League of the Triangle and First Tee of the Triangle.

He is the son of Matt Wolf and Rebecca Quinn-Wolf and has a sister, Abby. The right-handed pitcher intends to major in communications at UNCG.

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