November 21, 2003

Gauchos Ink Three for 2005

Nov. 21, 2003

Santa Barbara, Calif. - Feeling that its pitching staff has enough youth to carry it through the next few years, the UCSB baseball program has signed three position players with the expectation of losing several offensive forces after the 2004 season.

Head Coach Bob Brontsema announced that the Gauchos have received national letters of intent from high school seniors Matt Aidem and David Harrit while also receiving a commitment from junior college transfer Brian Lee.

Aidem, out of Valencia High School, is a left-handed hitting infielder and catcher who Brontsema tagged as "one of the best hitters out there."

"He has the ability to step in right away for UCSB and hit in the middle of its 2005 lineup," Brontsema said.

Harrit, a Danville, California native, will present another offensive threat with a powerful bat in the outfield. The Monte Vista High School senior will hopefully provide the Gauchos with a right-handed long ball threat to make up for the expected losses of several Gaucho sluggers.

Lee, an incoming junior from Los Angeles Pierce Community College, possesses "another potent bat," according to Brontsema. After fielding offers from the University of Hawaii, UC San Diego and UC Irvine, the left-handed hitting outfielder committed to become part of UCSB's 2005 roster. As a freshman at Pierce College, Lee led his team in home runs.

The signing of three possible offensive forces is an attempt to counter-balance the losses of senior third baseman Nate Sutton, senior outfielder Brian Adams and senior designated hitter Taylor Vogt.

The NCAA's early baseball signing period ended Thursday, meaning that any future commitments for UCSB will have to wait until April 16, 2004.

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