The Fayetteville SwampDogs are pleased to announce the signing of pitcher Blake Schriever and outfielder Joey Cooper from Cal State Northridge to the 2018 roster.
Schriever, who grew up in Yorba Linda, California, is in his second year at Northridge. The right-hander went 2-0 in 9.2 innings pitched for the Matadors last season but was granted a medical hardship waiver after suffering an injury, making him a redshirt freshman this season. Schriever has pitched in 9 games for Northridge in 2018, tossing 11.2 innings in 1 start and 8 appearances out of the bullpen. The 6-0, 162 lb. reliever has a 1-0 record, 3.09 ERA and 12 strikeouts while holding opposing hitters to a batting average of just .167.
“Blake is a competitor on the mound, who is as consistent as they come,” said SwampDogs head coach Matt Hollod. “He should play a big role for us on the mound this season. “
Cooper is in his first year at Northridge after two impressive seasons at Palomar College, including a sparkling .434 batting average in 2017. The redshirt junior is off to a hot start for the Matadors as well, batting .298 with 2 home runs and 19 RBIs through 23 games. The 5-10, 175 lb. native of Bakersfield, California also has a .443 on-base percentage in 2018.
“Joey is an incredible defender,” said Hollod. “He will also give us quality at bats at the plate. He should be very similar to Andrew Henrickson last season, which is a great compliment as we strive to bring home the Petitt Cup.”
The SwampDogs look forward to having Schriever and Cooper join the team this summer. The season is just around the corner, with the fun beginning May 29 at the Swamp.