The Lehigh Valley Catz are proud to announce that Evan Neiser, a left-handed pitcher out of the University of Arkansas Little-Rock and member of the 2002 Lehigh Valley Catz, has signed a letter of commitment and will be a member of the 2003 Catz squad. Neiser is currently 1-0 with 1 save and a 5.14 ERA in 9 appearances for UALR. Evan, now a junior, spent his first two collegiate seasons with NE Oklahoma A & M were he compiled a record of 10-5 over two seasons. Last summer with the Catz, Neiser was 3-1 with a 1.32 ERA earning 2nd Team All-MACBL honors. In addition, Evan fired a complete game shutout in the first round of last year’s MACBL playoffs as the Catz defeated the Moosic Mets 2-0.

Catz Head Coach Adrian Yaguez on the Neiser signing:

“Evan is a huge signing for us and our pitching staff – and I was committed to seeing him back with us in 2003,” explains Coach Yaguez. “Evan gets more out of sheer guts and determination than most kids I’ve been around. He’s not very big, but his heart sure is. He pitched real well for us last year and never backed down from anyone. He brings more to us than just another arm on the staff – He’ll help raise the bar – and make those around him better.”

Evan Chipman-Old Dominion- In two games vs. George Mason, Evan went a combined 3-9 with two runs scored and an RBI. ODU split the two games, losing game one 5-4 in 11 innings, then rebounding to win game two 8-2. In 18 games, Chipman is batting .283 with 10 runs scored and a team-leading 11 stolen bases.

Erik Ruff-West Chester-Erik was swinging a hot bat last week, going 8-18 with 8 RBI’s and 7 runs scored in 5 games played. He raised his overall average to .333 and is now tied for second on the team with 18 RBI’s and 34 total bases. West Chester won all five games last week, running their overall record to 15-3 on the season.

Ted Ledbetter-Oklahoma City- Looking back on our updates last week, Ted was batting an impressive .460 on the season. Somehow, Ledbetter improved on his incredible season and raised his batting average to a whopping .468. In 36 games and 111 at bats already this year, Ted leads OCU with 52 hits, 13 doubles and a .496 on-base %. Ted also has 4 home runs and 35 RBI’s. OCU is 32-5-1 on the season.

Matt Black-Oklahoma City- Matt blasted a two-run HR in a 19-0 OCU victory over St. Gregory’s. Black is now batting .275, with 1 HR and 8 RBI’s in 31 games played.

Please note, all updates are provided by information listed on each school’s individual web site. Catz players are encouraged to have their sports.