It has been a good week for Tioga’s Connor Miller.
Just four days after helping the Indians gain a sweep over Evangel, the junior pitcher committed to UL Monroe Monday night via Twitter.
According to Miller, he received the offer two months ago from the Warhawks and it was a fairly easy decision. Southeastern Louisiana also extended an offer to the junior pitcher.
“Both of my parents went there and (ULM’s) Bruce Peddie’s a good coach,” Miller said. “When I received the offer, it was pretty much where I wanted to go.”
Miller becomes the second Tioga junior to commit after center fielder Tremaine Spears committed to UL Lafayette earlier in the year.
“Anytime you have someone go to college for their education to play athletics, I’m definitely proud of that,” Tioga coach Dave Montiel said.
Miller is 6-1 with a save this season with a 3.10 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 38.1 innings. He is also batting .225 on the season with four doubles and 12 RBI — one of those being the winning run in the Indians’ 6-5 extra-inning victory in the second game of a doubleheader against Evangel April 17.
“He’s been a big part of our success,” Montiel said. “He’s done a great job for us on the mound throughout his career and I hope he continues that trend for the rest of his time at Tioga.”
With just three seniors and a talented young core, Tioga is 24-6 and currently sits as the No. 2 team in the Class 4A power rankings according to Louisiana Sportsline and is ranked No. 3 in the LBCA coaches poll in 4A. The Indians can wrap up a seventh straight District 3-4A championship with a win over Grant on Thursday.
“It’s big (to have these young guys performing well) because it shows you where the program is going,” Montiel said. “The kids are playing and continuing to work hard.”
ULM is 20-19 overall and is 7-11 in Sun Belt play this season.