Two former Wren High standouts are among 13 additions to the Anderson University baseball program.
Hunter Crompton, a 2013 Wren graduate, and L.J. Newman, a 2012 graduate who transferred from USC Upstate, will join the Trojans for the 2014 season.
“I am very excited about the 2013 incoming class,” Anderson coach Joe Miller said in a news release. “We have a good mix of high school guys and transfers coming in that we believe will make an immediate impact. We are returning a lot of players from last year’s team, and with the talent we have coming in, hopes are high for the 2014 season.”
Newman, a right-handed pitcher and catcher, made five starts in the field and appeared in 11 games on the mound in relief as a freshman for USC Upstate.
In five games as a designated hitter, Newman batted .278 with a .381 on-base percentage. As a pitcher, he posted a 1-1 record in 171⁄3 innings and recorded 11 strikeouts.
As a senior at Wren, Newman had a 6-2 record, .430 batting average, 11 home runs and 41 RBIs, and he earned all-area, all-region, all-state and USSSA All-America honors.
Crompton, a right-handed pitcher, enters Anderson on the heels of a stellar senior season, in which he collected seven victories, struck out 47 in 54 innings, posted a 1.70 ERA and led the Hurricanes to the Class AAA District I championship game.
He is the brother of current Anderson player Hayden Crompton, a junior pitcher.