The Stetson baseball program recently added a pair of state champion players to the roster, growing the signing class for 2014 to 10 players.
The Hatters signed right-handed pitcher Mitchell Jordan from Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs as well as infielder Colton Lightner from Venice High School. Both players led their teams to state titles this past spring, Jordan in 8A and Lightner in 7A.
“We didn’t have a very big recruiting class this year because we were so young last year, but we certainly had some needs that I think we addressed,” Hatters head coach Pete Dunn said. “I think these two young men, and the others we signed in the fall, will make us stronger.”
Jordan helped Lake Brantley to a 27-5 overall record this past spring, earning the Orlando Sentinel’s honor as the Central Florida Player of the Year. He finished the year with an 11-1 record and a 0.93 ERA in 83 innings of work. He recorded 103 strikeouts against just 13 walks and posted seven complete game performances, including four shutouts.
“What he brings to the table is a lot of success, coming off a state championship team,” Dunn said. “He is going to step right in and be a contributor on the mound. He has a track record of success and was the main cog on the mound for an 8A state championship team. He is a winner, and that means a lot.”
Jordan chose Stetson over a number of other schools, including Belmont, USC Upstate, Jacksonville and Marshall.
Like Jordan, Lightner was a state champion at Venice High, but went a step further by helping his team to back-to-back state crowns. The Indians, who finished the 2013 season with a 29-3 record, earned a No. 2 national ranking from Baseball America and Perfect Game.
Lightner hit .306 as a senior and was the MVP of the 2013 Perfect Game Showdown.
“Colton Lightner is another state championship guy,” Dunn said. “He is a jack of all trades and is very versatile. He is the kind of player who can come in and help us right away.”
Lightner, who chose Stetson over Coastal Carolina, said there were a combination of factors that led to his decision.
“The tremendous prestige of the Stetson baseball program and coaching staff ultimately led to my decision to attend Stetson,” Lightner said. “I also like the academic credentials the school has to offer.”