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INA, Ill. (Jan. 28, 2014) – Rend Lake College sophomore pitcher Trey Garrett recently signed a national letter of intent to play next year at Florida International University in Miami. FIU is an NCAA Division I Program in the Conference USA.
The 6-foot-1Benton native is the son of Mike and Julie Garrett. He played for Benton Community High School before coming to RLC, where his arm strength helped him excel on the pitcher’s mound. Coming out of BCHS in 2012, Garrett was one of the top recruits in the state.
Garrett came into the fall with no offers, but after several strong performances at showcase events, he picked up the interest of many Division I schools.
“I didn’t really have a plan for where I was going to go. The fact that it’s in Miami and in warmer weather helped me make that decision,” said Garrett.
Last year as a Warrior, the criminal justice major had 10 appearances as pitcher with seven game starts. The right-hander posted a 5.45 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 36 innings. Offensively, he hit .242 with four doubles, 25 runs, 21 RBI and nine stolen bases.
Garrett also played over the summer for the Richmond RiverRats, a collegiate summer baseball team out of Richmond, Ind., where he made 19 appearances. He ended the summer with a 3.26 ERA at 21 strikeouts in 30 innings.
When it comes to this spring season, Garrett says he’s looking forward to helping the Warriors have a successful season.
“Hopefully we can get a bunch of wins this year and go further in the postseason,” he said.
Head Coach Tony Etnier added, “Trey is a gifted athlete who played the outfield and pitched for us last year. This summer in the Prospect League, his ability as a pitcher really took off. The increase in his velocity and the development of a legitimate out pitch is what attracted so many Division I 1 programs this fall. I am very happy for Trey and think that Florida International will be a great fit for him next year.”
For more information, contact Etnier at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1282. For all things athletic at the Lake, visit www.rlc.edu/warriors.