Baseball Signs Three During Early Signing Period
Nov. 16, 2010by Bo BuntonSoutheast Missouri State Sports Information
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO. – Head Coach Mark Hogan and the baseball program had three players sign National Letters of Intent during the early signing period this week.
Andrew Lack, Mike Bibas and Hank Williams Jr. have committed to play for Southeast Missouri State in 2011-12.
Andrew Lack is a 5-10 shortstop and pitcher from Kennett High School in Kennett, Mo. He is a four year starter for the Indians, while also lettering all four years in football, basketball and swimming.
As a junior, Lack was named to the Bootheel All- Conference and All-District teams, after hitting .420 in 81 at-bats. He had 34 hits, 22 runs batted in, seven doubles, one triple and two home runs.
On the mound, he had a 3.05 earned run average in 36.2 innings, while striking out 31 batters. Lack walked only four batters, while giving up a dismal seven extra base hits. He appeared in 13 games, starting five, and finished with a 5-1 record, while helping the Indians to a Bootheel Conference title.
As a sophomore, he hit .308, with 20 hits and 65 at-bats, and had three doubles and a home run.
He ended with a 2.97 ERA in 33 innings, while striking out 23. He was a part of a Bootheel Conference championship team during that season.
Lack was also named to the Bootheel Conference Honorable Mention All-Conference team as a football player. As a student, he ranks 17th out of 107 students in his class, and is a member of the Honor Roll and National Honors Society. He is a four year member of Varsity Choir, as well as a four year member of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).
“Andrew has a tremendous upside and has great versatility,” said head coach Mark Hogan. “We expect him to be on the field early in his career, and visualize using him both at shortstop and on the mound.”
Mike Bibas is a 6-6 pitcher from St. Louis, Mo. He played for Meramec Community College last season.
As a freshman at Meramec, Bibas pitched in 26.0 innings, and struck out 28 batters. He compiled a 4-4 record and a 6.50 earned run average.
Bibas graduated from St. John Vianney High School in 2009 and played for current assistant coach Steve Bieser.
Bibas was named to the Metro Catholic All-Conference team after compiling a 2.24 earned run average in 50 innings. He struck out 64 batters for an average of 8.96 strikeouts per nine innings. He held opponents to a low .217 average.
As a junior, he compiled a 1.72 ERA in 44.7 innings. He struck out 38 batter and opponents only had a .207 batting average against him. He was named to the All-Conference team, as well as winning the Cy Young Award.
In his sophomore season, Bibas had a 3.25 ERA in 23.7 innings, while striking out 20 batters.
“Mike is a projectable weekend starter for us,” said Hogan. “He is a tall, right handed power pitcher, who we believe could fit into our rotation as soon as he steps onto campus.”
Hank Williams Jr. is a 6-4 pitcher from St. Peters, Mo. He pitched last season at Meramec Community College and compiled a 6-4 record. In 59.1 innings, Williams struck out 56 batters.
As a senior at Ft. Zumwalt South High School, he had a 8-2 record on the mound, with a 2.12 earned run average and 94 strikeouts in 62.7 innings pitched.
In the Missouri State Championship game in 2009, Williams pitched a complete game, and struck out eight batter while walking only one. He gave up six hits and four runs in the game, and ended his prep career as a State Champion. He garnered first team All-State honors for his performance during that year.
"Hank is another tall, right handed power pitcher, who we see as a weekend starter from day one," said coach Hogan. "He and Bibas have similar traits, and we expect to have great things from him."