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11-10-2017, 09:04 PM
BASE Signs 10 to NLIs

Eight high school seniors, two junior college transfers to join GU in 2019

Nov. 10, 2017

SPOKANE, Wash.—Gonzaga baseball head coach Mark Machtolf announced that 10 players have signed National Letters of Intent Friday. They will all join the Bulldogs for the 2018-19 school year and first take the diamond in 2019.

Bryson Beltran | INF | Seattle, Wash.

Beltran plays high school ball for Seattle’s Eastside Catholic. As a junior, Beltran played in 23 games while posting a .301 batting average, 22 hits, and 16 RBIs, picking up Second Team All-Metro honors. During his sophomore year, Beltran earned the Eastside Catholic Baseball Crusader Award (MVP). He was also selected to play in the 2015 Perfect Game World Underclass Championships.

Why Beltran chose Gonzaga: "Gonzaga is a great university with a strong tradition in both academics and sports. I'll be playing for a great baseball program and receiving a great education while staying grounded in my faith."

Coach Machtolf on Beltran: “Every time we have seen Bryson play, he has been an absolute force at the plate. We think Bryson has the chance to be a middle-of-the-order power hitter as a Zag.”

Tyler Chipman | RHP | Cashmere, Wash.

Chipman plays baseball, basketball, and football at Cashmere High School. On the diamond, he earned First Team All-State honors in 2017. Last May, he tossed a no-hitter while fanning 11 in six innings during a 1A Northeast A/Caribou Trail League crossover game. He also helped the Bulldogs reach the 1A state playoffs in 2016.

Why Chipman chose Gonzaga: “I chose Gonzaga after learning about everything it has to offer. The determined coaching staff, the outstanding academics, and the amazing atmosphere on campus made becoming a Zag an easy decision.”

Coach Machtolf on Chipman: “Tyler is a three-sport athlete who we think will really make a huge jump when all his efforts are focused on pitching. We are very excited about Tyler joining the Zags family.”

Daniel Copeland | RHP | Vancouver, Wash.

Copeland is a right-hander for Skyview High School in Vancouver, Wash. He is a three-time All-League First-Teamer, and he earned First Team All-State honors the last two seasons as well. During his junior year, Chipman led the Storm to a third-place finish in the Washington 4A state tournament. He’s also earned multiple Honor Roll Scholar Athlete awards, too.

Why Copeland chose Gonzaga: “I chose to play at Gonzaga because as soon as I stepped foot on campus it felt like home, and you can’t get much better than that.”

Coach Machtolf on Copeland: “Copeland will bring a bulldog mentality to our pitching staff. He is a great competitor who we think will excel on the field and in the classroom for us.”

Brett Harris | INF | Arlington Heights, Ill.

Harris will come to Spokane with plenty of collegiate experience. He spent last season at the University of Houston, where he redshirted. He transferred to Central Arizona College in Coolidge, Ariz., over the summer and will play for the Vaqueros next season. In high school, Harris earned All-Conference honors twice and All-Area Honors as a senior.

Why Harris chose Gonzaga: “I chose Gonzaga because when I stepped foot on campus it felt like home. The guys were all very welcoming, and the school is beautiful. On top of it all, Gonzaga is known nation-wide for its prestigious academics.”

Coach Machtolf on Harris: “Brett will bring an experienced bat to the Zags lineup. He can play multiple infield positions and projects to hit in the middle of our order when he steps on campus.”

Ben Larson | RHP/INF | Port Orchard, Wash.

Larson is a two-way player for O’Dea High School in Seattle. He picked up 2017 Preseason Underclassmen All-American Honorable Mention accolades and was named a top 500 recruit by Perfect Game. He also claimed All-Metro League Honorable Mention accolades as a junior. Larson plays club ball for Boys of Summer 18U Blue.

Why Larson chose Gonzaga: “I chose Gonzaga because of the incredible education it offers along with great coaches, facilities, and atmosphere.”

Coach Machtolf on Larson: “Ben joins us as a player who will have the chance to be both a hitter and a pitcher in his career. We have a great track record with his summer team and look forward to him being a Zag.”

Stephen Lund | C/INF | Verona, Wisc.

Lund has spent the last three years on the Verona High School baseball team, where he picked up Second Team All-League honors as a freshman and First Team accolades a year later. He also plays club ball for GRB Academy and competed at the 2017 Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament.

Why Lund chose Gonzaga: “From the moment I stepped on campus, I knew it was the place for me. The atmosphere the coaches have built there is like none other, and the campus just felt like home from the moment I got there.”

Coach Machtolf on Lund: “Stephen is a premier defensive catcher who comes from one of the top club teams in the Midwest. We think he has a chance to push for playing time early in his career.”

Daniel Naughton | RHP | Pendleton, Ore.

Naughton is a right-hander from Pendleton, Ore. As a junior at Pendleton High, he fanned 43 batters in 33 innings, allowing a 4.66 ERA. He also pitches for Hodgen Distributing AAA in legion ball, for whom he tossed a five-inning no-hitter and struck out 12 batters against 19U Spokane North Stars.

Why Naughton chose Gonzaga: “I chose Gonzaga because of the amazing atmosphere the coaching staff and the school itself has created. The size is perfect for a good learning environment.”

Coach Machtolf on Naughton: “Daniel is one of the premier arms from the state of Oregon. He is a very good athlete who we think will continue to get better over his four years at Gonzaga.”

Grayson Sterling | INF/OF | Boise, Idaho

Sterling comes to Gonzaga from Boise’s Capital High School, where he helped lead the Eagles to third place in the Idaho 5A state tournament in 2017. As a junior, he earned Second Team All-Conference honors while posting a .382 batting average with 28 RBIs and 11 hits for extra bases.

Why Sterling chose Gonzaga: "I chose Gonzaga for the excellent academics as well as the opportunity to learn the game of baseball from outstanding coaches and intelligent teammates."

Coach Machtolf on Sterling: “Grayson has the chance to be an impact left-handed hitter in our program. He is a premier student and will be a great representation of our program.”

Nick Troglic-Iverson | RHP | Oakville, Ontario

Trogrlic-Iverson comes to Gonzaga from Central Arizona College. As a freshman, Trogrlic-Iverson posted a 3.04 ERA in 24 relief appearances. He tallied a 40-14 strikeout-walk ratio and went 4-3 while picking up a handful of saves. The Oakville, Ontario native helped lead the Vaqueros to within one game of the NJCAA World Series.

Why Trogrlic-Iverson chose Gonzaga: “I chose to attend Gonzaga because of the long tradition of winning, great team culture, and the commitment to development the program promotes.”

Coach Machtolf on Trogrlic-Iverson: “We think we got the best juco pitcher from the state of Arizona this year. Nick is a big time prospect who has the chance to be an immediate weekend starter for the Zags.”

Mason Wells | LHP/OF | Spokane, Wash.

A dual threat, Wells earned First Team All-GSL honors in 2017. On the hill, he posted a 1.17 ERA as a junior, striking out 46 in 31.1 innings of work. At the plate, he hit .370 with 20 hits, eight of them two-baggers. He tossed six shutout innings to push Mead past University during a play-in game to the 4A bi-district playoffs in May.

Why Wells chose Gonzaga: “I chose to go to Gonzaga as I think they are on the rise to be one of the best teams in the nation, and I would love to be a part of that. Also, Gonzaga is in my hometown. I think it would be great to put us on the map for something other than basketball. It’s time for the Gonzaga Bulldogs to become a well-known baseball team across the whole nation.”

Coach Machtolf on Wells: “Mason is a great left-handed pitching prospect who comes from Spokane. We think Mason has the chance to have an early impact in his career.”

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