FELICIAN BASEBALL INKS SEVEN EARLY

Courtesy of Mark Mentone, Felician SID

RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Felician College baseball coach Chris Langan has received seven player commitments from high-school seniors who signed a national of intent during the NCAA's early-signing period in November. Six of the seven signees are either pitchers or catchers.

Christopher Ayala (Marlboro, NJ/Marlboro) is a 6-foot-1, 200-pount catcher from Marlboro High, where he also participated in wrestling. His most recent amateur squad was the Ocean Sports Academy Marlins wood-bat showcase team. He expects to major in business management at Felician. "Chris is a big strong catcher that should provide immediate offensive help," Langan said.

Christopher Faber (Neptune, NJ/Neptune) is an outfielder and left-handed pitcher for Neptune High. He was teammates with Ayala on the Ocean Sports Academy Marlins, and was a 2009 American Legion All-Star. Faber, who also participated in swimming at Neptune, is a member of the National Honor Society. He intends to major in pre-physical therapy. "Chris is very athletic, a speedy runner who can pitch and will add a left-handed bat," Langan said.

Matt Marsh (Oceanport, NJ/Shore Regional) is a first-team all-division pitcher for Shore Regional of West Long Branch, helping the Blue Devils to a 2009 state runner-up finish. He has also lettered in football and indoor track. His most recent AAU team is the Farrah Builders. Marsh, 5-foot-10 and 205 pounds, will study business administration. "Matt could compete for our closer role," Langan said. "He gets up to 88 miles per hour and has a very big breaking ball."

Collin Martindale (Pembroke Pines, FL/Flanagan), a 5-foot-7, 145-pound second-baseman, has earned team 10th Man and Coach's Awards at Flanagan High. He plays summer ball for the South Florida Snappers. He intends to major in business administration. "Collin is a solid defender who will steal bases," Langan said. "He has shown the ability to make contact with a line drive-type swing."

Korey McGuiness (Jackson, NJ/Jackson Liberty) was the team batting leader as a junior at Jackson Liberty High, where he also lettered in football. He is also a member of the AAU Langan Baseball Bats. A 6-foot, 175-pound catcher, he will likely major in marketing. "Korey is athletic and a very good catch-and-throw guy," Langan said. "He's a smart player who does the little things well."

Lawrence Schoer (Manalapan, NJ/Manalapan), is a 6-foot-2, 215-pound right-handed pitcher for Manalapan High, and was a teammate of McGuiness's on the Langan Baseball Bats. His brother, Dave, is one of Felician's all-time hitting leaders. Schoer will major in accounting. "Lawrence has good size and is a great competitor," Langan said. "He has big upside and will compete for big innings next year."

Jerry Vasto (Atlantic Highlands, NJ/Henry Hudson Regional) is an all-division left-handed pitcher for Henry Hudson Regional. As a junior, he was also named third-team all-county and second-team all-Group I. He played basketball for the Admirals as well. Vasto, who was a teammate of Marsh on the Farrah Builders, will study criminal justice. "Jerry throws 83-85 miles per hour with good make-up," Langan said. "He is a strike thrower and a huge competitor."

Felician is a member of NCAA Division II and plays in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference. The Golden Falcons are coming off a won-lost record of 24-24 in 2009.

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