The Mount Vernon Nazarene College baseball team has taken a step towards filling out its roster for the 2001 season with the addition of Justin Clarey.
Clarey, a catcher from Hilliard, Ohio, has signed a letter of intent to continue his education and further his baseball career at MVNC. A three-year varsity letterman at Hilliard Darby High School, Clarey batted .376 with 21 runs scored and 20 runs batted in as a senior on his way to earning Ohio Capital Conference First Team and All-District Second Team honors. Clarey also posted a 3-3 record on the mound with a 1.31 earned run average, and he received Special Mention for the Columbus Dispatch-Agonis Club Team.
"Justin is very athletic-looking with the size and strength to fit into our playing equation early in his career," said MVNC head coach Keith Veale. "With (NAIA Honorable Mention All-American catcher) Jeff Lavin graduating, we have a real need for some help behind the plate. I think that Justin has the potential to step in especially defensively. He has a solid arm and receives pitches very well."
In addition to his accomplishments on the baseball diamond, Clarey has also excelled in the classroom by being named a national student-athlete and being selected to National Honor Society.
"There are several reasons why I have chosen to attend MVNC," said Clarey of his college choice. "MVNC has good academic programs and an excellent baseball team. It also has a supportive environment and encourages a Christian lifestyle."
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.