Baseball receives seven commitments
Missouri State baseball coach Keith Guttin has announced the commitment of four high school standouts and three junior college prospects to attend Missouri State. Jon Barnes, Kyle Boschert, Aaron Conway, Kyle Dyer, Aaron Meade, Tyler Ryun and Matt Welch have committed to the Bears and will be eligible to compete in the 2008 baseball season.
Jon Barnes is a sophomore at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College. A 6-2, 235-pound right handed pitcher, Barnes recorded a 4-3 record and 11 saves with a 1.91 ERA as a freshman at Coffeyville in 2006. The Broken Arrow, Okla., native led Broken Arrow High to a third-place finish in the 6A state tournament his senior season, and he played at Sapulpa High School southwest of Tulsa his first three seasons of high school.
A 6-2, 190-pound right handed pitcher, Kyle Boschert attends Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo., where he went 7-2 on the hill with a 2.60 ERA as a freshman in 2006. At St. Charles (Mo.) High School, Boschert went 9-2 with a 1.60 ERA as a senior and 7-2 with a 2.20 ERA his junior season, striking out 169 batters in his final two seasons. He was first-team all-state selection after his senior year and earned first-team all-district nods his junior and senior seasons.
Aaron Conway is a 5-7, 160-pound all-conference second baseman from Triad High School in Maryville, Ill. Also an all-state soccer player, Conway’s baseball teams have been regional champions the past three seasons and won a section championship last season.
Kyle Dyer is a native of Sand Springs, Okla., and is a senior at Charles Page High School, the same high school that produced former MSU pitcher and first-round draft pick Brett Sinkbeil. The 6-3, 188-pound Dyer has pitched and played in the infield and outfield his first three years in high school on the way to all-metro, all-district and all-conference honors as a junior in 2006.
Aaron Meade is a senior at Rockhurst High in Kansas City, Mo. The 6-2, 175-pound southpaw has pitched and played in the outfield during his career.
A 6-0, 180-pound shortstop and pitcher, Tyler Ryun attends Platte County High School in Platte City, Mo. The senior was an all-conferece and all-district selection as a sophomore and junior.
Matt Welch is a teammate of Barnes at Coffeyville CC, and also attended Broken Arrow High School.The sophomore played outfield, shortstop and second base as a freshman and hit .357 while leading Tigers in doubles and home runs on the way to second-team all-conference honors. Welch started every game his senior year of high school, batting .378 and earning all-conference and all-metro accolades as well as the team Golden Glove Award.
The 2007 season will be the Bears’ 25th year in Division I and also the 25th season for Bears’ head coach Keith Guttin, who enters the year with a 841-502 career record. It’s the 17th season for Missouri State in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Bears were 33-22 last season and finished second in the Valley with a 15-8 league record and were the runner-up at the MVC Tournament.