The Mount Vernon Nazarene College baseball program has signed a former Shenandoah High School standout to join the Cougars for the 2002 season.
Josh Eibel, a centerfielder/catcher, from Cumberland, Ohio, stole a school-record 26 bases in 23 games as a senior at Shenandoah in 2001. He also posted a .453 batting average as he was named to the Pioneer Valley Conference Team, the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference First Team, and the Eastern District First Team.
"Josh is another piece in the equation of filling up our outfield positions," said MVNC head coach Keith Veale, who must replace all three starting outfielders who graduated after the 2001 season. "His initial strengths are running speed and arm strength. I was not only impressed with his speed, but the way he attacked the next base. He showed a lot of confidence out on the basepaths."
In addition to playing baseball, Eibel was an Eastern District First Team selection as a senior. He also played summer baseball for the Cambridge American League Post #84 during the past two summers.
MVNC posted a 35-16 overall record in 2001 as the program notched its eighth straight 20-win season. The Cougars also advanced to the championship game of the NAIA Region IX Tournament for the third straight year and the semifinals of the National Christian College Athletic Association National Tournament.