The Mount Vernon Nazarene College baseball program has signed Adam Rowe to further his education and join the Cougars' roster for the 2001 season.
Rowe, a left-handed pitcher/outfielder from Wooster, Ohio, recently finished up a stellar career at Wooster High School. As a senior, Rowe led the Generals with 30 hits and nine stolen bases to go along with a .388 batting average, 16 runs batted in, and 26 runs scored. He also posted a 4-4 record on the mound with an outstanding 1.03 earned run average, 50 strikeouts, and only 10 walks in 47 1/3 innings of work.
For his efforts during the 2000 season, Rowe was selected to the All-Federal League First Team and chosen as Co-Most Valuable Player of the Wooster team. He was also chosen as an Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award recipient by the Ohio High School Athletic Association.
"I am looking forward to having Adam in our program," said MVNC head coach Keith Veale. "He has been effective on both his high school and summer teams. We were looking for someone who could make a quick transition and contribute innings right away, and Adam has that potential. The scouting report on him is that he can throw more than just a fastball for strikes. I think that he can be a big contributor for us early in his career."
In addition to playing on the Wooster High School team, Rowe played for the Wayne County American Legion team in 1999 and set a record by notching 11 wins during the season. He was the Most Valuable Player of the Pemberville Invitational during that summer. He is currently playing for McDonald's Investments, a Connie Mack team in Avon Lake that competes in the Cleveland Diamond League. He has posted a 3-0 record on the mound so far this summer.
"There were several reasons why I chose to attend MVNC," said Rowe of his college choice. "The main two reasons were that the college has a good baseball program and excellent learning facilities. I am looking forward to attending MVNC in the fall."
The Cougars posted a 29-20 overall record in 2000 as the program notched its seventh straight 20-win season. The team also advanced to the championship game of the NAIA Region IX Tournament. In addition, one MVNC player, Dave Byard, was drafted by the New York Mets, while another player, Andy Heimbach, signed a free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.