The Fayetteville SwampDogs have officially announced the signings of a talented quartet from the 2016 Horizon League champion Wright State University consisting of redshirt junior left-handed pitcher Danny Sexton (Pataskala, Ohio), right-handed pitcher Derek Hendrixson (Centerville, Ohio), infielder Matt Morrow (Richmond, Ind.) and right-handed pitcher Jeremy Randolph (Miamisburg, Ohio).
The WSU Raiders are coming off a very accomplished 2016 campaign, finishing 46-17 overall and earning a trip to the NCAA Regionals in Louisville, Kentucky. Wright State fell to the second-ranked Louisville Cardinals by a score of 3-1, falling one game short of a Super Regional appearance.
Sexton redshirted the 2016 season after previously playing at Tiffin University and Sinclair Community College. Sexton went 10-0 in 13 appearances at Sinclair CC with a 2.57 ERA through 70 innings and 76 strikeouts. At Tiffin, he was the runner-up for Freshman of the Year in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).
“Sexton should be starting for us this summer,” said SwampDogs head coach Matt Hollod. “He competes on the mound with the best of them and will give us a great option from the left side.”
Hendrixson did not play in his first year at Wright State last season, but put together an illustrious career on the bump at Heidelberg University. At HU, he was 7-0 with seven saves, 86 strikeouts and a 1.15 ERA in 78.1 innings pitched. He holds the record for ERA at Heidelberg where was a two-time first team all-conference selection, first-team All-Midwest and a 2015 ABCA All-American. He played last summer in the Northwoods League and in 53 innings of work he fanned 70 batters while only allowing 12 free passes with a 1.35 ERA.
“Derek is a proven front line closer who can also start,” says Hollod. “Derek will be able to help us in multiple roles if need be.”
Morrow started in 61 of 62 contests at second base during the 2016 campaign, hitting for a .267 average with a .394 on-base percentage. He recorded 60 hits including 14 multi-hit games. In 2015, Morrow was a freshman All-American, member of the Horizon League Newcomer Team, and a first team all-league honoree. He saw action in 49 games with 40 starts either in the outfield or at DH. Morrow hit for a .309 average with 46 hits, tallied six stolen bases and posted a .416 slugging percentage.
“Matt is a hard-nosed kid who gives us some options with his versatility,” said Hollod. “Matt played OF his freshman year, 2B as a sophomore, and is now competing for that starting SS role. I think Fayetteville will enjoy watching Matt this summer, as he is a very good infielder who can hit, and also run a bit.”
Randolph was named to the Horizon League Newcomer Team in 2015 after appearing in 14 games with seven starts on the mound. He posted a 7-0 record with a 2.22 ERA in 44.2 innings pitched.
Hollod had this to say: “Jeremy is coming off of an injury this past season but is fully recovered. He will be competing for a key role this spring and we will be following him to see where he will fit in with us. He had a great freshman season, and I expect great things out of him this summer.”
Be sure to stay tuned during the remainder of the off-season as we continue to periodically announce our new members of the 2017 Fayetteville SwampDogs!
About the SwampDogs: The Fayetteville SwampDogs enter their 17th season playing in the Coastal Plain League in 2017. The SwampDogs are one of the most successful franchises in the league’s history, making the Petitt Cup Playoffs eight times in the past 11 seasons, reaching the championship round three times. The SwampDogs boast over 100 alumni taken in the draft and have produced seven players who have gone on to play in Major League Baseball including slugger Mark Reynolds and David Aardsma. For more information on the Fayetteville SwampDogs, visit the team website at www.goswampdogs.com and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @GoSwampDogs. Be sure to also like us on Facebook at Fayetteville SwampDogs Baseball. Where baseball is fun!
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