NewsCougars Sign Evangel Christian Pitcher for Next Year
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Mount Vernon Nazarene University baseball team has added a right-handed pitcher to its roster for the 2004 season with the addition of Aaron McVay.
McVay, a native of Gahanna, Ohio, has been a solid four-year contributor at Evangel Christian High School. The three-time Mid-Ohio Christian Athletic League selection was the MOCAL Player of the Year in 2002 after posting a 3-0 record on the mound with a 0.66 earned run average and 51 strikeouts in 32 innings. He also tossed one no-hitter during his junior season.
"Aaron is a significant signing for our program," said MVNU head coach Keith Veale. "He is a quality young man with gifted baseball talents. He is highly regarded by his teachers and peers, and he will be an excellent addition to our pitching staff."
"We were impressed with Aaron's arm strength and command of pitches when we had him in for a workout," Veale added. "I also appreciate his strength of character and feel he will be an excellent representative of our program."
In addition to excelling on the baseball field, McVay is a standout in the classroom with a 3.5 grade point average. He is a member of National Honor Society, and he also was selected to an All-Tournament Team in basketball in 2002.
"There are several reasons why I chose MVNU," said McVay of his college choice. "It has a good Christian environment with courses in my area of interest - business. It also has an excellent baseball program."
MVNU is currently 24-17 overall. The Cougars, who won the American Mideast Conference North Division title with a 13-7 record, are the top seed at the NAIA Region IX Tournament that begins on Wednesday in Chillicothe, Ohio.