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Baseball Announces Fall Prospect Camp

Courtesy: Mat Kanan, director of athletic media relations
Release: 07/19/2013
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Camp Overview
The Fall Prospect Camp provides a tremendous opportunity to receive vital fundamental instruction, and be evaluated by the Western Michigan coaching staff. The camp is designed for the serious individual who desires to play at the highest level of collegiate baseball.

Facilities
Camp will be held at Hyames Field at Robert J Bobb Stadium off of Stadium Drive. Hyames field recently saw a $2 million dollar renovation and is one of the top facilities in the Mid-American Conference..

Location
Kalamazoo, the home of WMU’s main campus, is located midway between Chicago and Detroit, approx-imately 2 hours (140 miles) from each, on Inter-state 94.

How to Register
www.wmubroncos.com/camps

Contact Information
Blaine McFerrin: blaine.mcferrin@wmich.edu

Equipment Needed
Bat, helmet, turf /tennis shoes, cleats, baseball pants

Billy Gernon - Head Coach
Entering the 2013-14 school year, Billy Gernon embarks on his fourth season at the Bronco helm and his 13th season overall as a head coach. Formerly an assistant coach at Michigan State and the head coach at IPFW, where he stands as the all-time winningest coach in Mastodon history.

In just his first season at Western Michigan, Gernon led the Broncos to a 14-game improvement, ranking the Broncos 10th among NCAA Division I institutions in terms of program turn around. The Broncos finished the 2011 season with an overall record of 26-31 after going 12-42 prior to Gernon's arrival.

The Broncos advanced to the MAC Tournament for the first time since 2008, securing the No. 7 seed, and recorded the program's first postseason win since 1998, upsetting No. 2 seed Central Michigan, 9-7, in the first round.

In his second season, he improved the Broncos overall winning percentage from 2011 and in the MAC gong 14-12 in conference play, making the MAC tourna-ment back to back years. Under Gernon, the Broncos have posted 26 conference victories and 52 total wins. The three years combined prior to his arrival the Bron-cos tallied 26 conference wins and 55 overall.

The 2013 season saw shortstop Andrew Sohn be selected First Team All-Mid-American Conference, making him the first shortstop since current major leaguer Adam Rosales was selected First Team All-MAC in 2004 and 2005.

Blaine McFerrin – Associate Head Coach/Pitching
Blaine McFerrin is in his fourth season at WMU after serving as the pitching coach at Georgia State for four seasons. A former student-athlete under current Bron-co head coach Billy Gernon at IPFW, McFerrin also began his coaching career with Gernon. McFerrin oversees the pitching corps at Western Michigan and is also the recruiting coordinator.

McFerrin helped WMU improve its ERA from 7.62 to 4.03, its lowest team ERA since 1993 and the staff rang up 367 strikeouts, the most for the Brown & Gold since 2001. Western Michigan was even more impres-sive during Mid-American Conference play, dropping their 4.03 ERA to 3.46.

The Bronco pitching staff was named Insidepitch-ing.com National Pitching Staff of the Week on March 21 after recording the three-game shutout sweep of Akron. The Broncos went 34.1 innings without giving up a run, not allowing a run in the final five innings to Cincinnati prior to the Akron series and holding Oak-land scoreless for the first 2.1 innings following. It was the first time in school history WMU had com-pleted a three-game shutout sweep of a conference foe. In 2012, Bronco pitchers posted a 4.81 ERA along with 14 saves leading WMU back to the MAC tournament for the second consecutive season.

Adam Piotrowicz Assistant Coach

Adam joins the Bronco Coaching staff after having spent the last three seasons with Valparaiso University.  With the Crusaders, Piotrowicz mainly worked with the hitters, catchers and outfielders.  Piotrowicz helped the Crusaders earn back-to-back Horizon League Championships in 2012 and 2013 as well as back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Division I Tournament in 2012 and 2013.  Valpo qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1968 and tied the school record with 35 victories in 2012.

Crusader hitters excelled in 2012 as the team ranked 35th in the country in hits (618), ranked third in the nation in sacrifice bunts (86) and 42nd in sacrifice flies (29), providing an all-around offensive attack.  In 2011, Piotrowicz's first season on staff, he helped guide the Crusaders to the Horizon League Tournament championship game. 

In three years with the Crusaders, 14 hitters earned All-Horizon League honors, including five First Team selections and 10 Second Team honors.  In addition, six more position players were named to the league's All-Newcomer Team, including 2012 Most Valuable Player Mark Johnson.

Equipment Needed

Bat, helmet, turf /tennis shoes, cleats, baseball pants

Trainer
An athletic trainer will be present.

Contact Information
Billy Gernon at billy.gernon@wmich.edu or (269) 276-3205.

Medical Waiver must be completed prior to participation. Please bring medical waiver to camp.
Find link here, or download from top of page: http://www.wmubroncos.com/pdf4/42873-36005.pdf

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