Baseball Welcomes Four for 2015

ANDERSON, S.C. – After announcing the singing of 14 newcomers in the middle of July, Anderson University baseball has added four more recruits for the 2015 season, bringing the recruit total to 18 for the upcoming season.

The additions will mark the largest class in the last four seasons of the program, breaking 2012’s mark of 14 recruits. The large number of incoming players looks to fill gaps left by 14 players who will not be returning from the 2014 roster, highlighted by Landon Beck, who was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in this year’s Major League Baseball Draft.

“These four guys really round out our 2014 class,” assistant coach Kaleb Davis said. “These are some impactful players to go along with the other members of our strong recruiting class.”

Name: Nick Bernardo
Hometown: Glenmont, N.Y.
Previous School: Maine
High School: LaSalle Institute
Position: OF/1B

Brother of current Trojan, Garrett Bernardo, Nick Bernardo will follow in his younger brother’s footsteps, as he comes to Anderson from spending three seasons with the University of Maine, after Garrett transferred from Maine before last season. In 2014, Nick Bernardo hit .250 and scored 14 runs, while posting a .386 slugging percentage. To go along with his two triples and home run on the year, Nick Bernardo also tallied five doubles and swiped four bases. For his efforts, he was named the Maine Scholar-Athlete Award winner. For his career at Maine, Bernardo made 68 appearances.

Davis on Bernardo: “Nick Comes to us a year after his brother transferred in. We are excited to have Nick’s experience and versatility on our team for the 2015 season.”

Name: Ryan Flynn
Hometown: Myrtle Beach, S.C.
High School: Carolina Forest
Position: OF/RHP

Flynn comes to AU as the No. 7 ranked outfielder in South Carolina, according to Diamond Prospects. During his prep career, Flynn earned the Silver Slugger Award following his junior season and was named the team’s Defensive Most Valuable Player following his senior campaign. After his final two seasons at Carolina Forest, Flynn was a member of the all-region team. During the summer, Flynn was a member of the Carolina Prospects.

Davis on Flynn: “Ryan has the potential to be an impactful player for us both on the mound and at the plate. We are excited to have him join our program for the next four years.”

Name: Camren Schildt
Hometown: Myrtle Beach, S.C.
High School: Carolina Forest
Position: OF

Teammate of Flynn at Carolina Forest High School, Schildt closed his prep career with a .298 average, while totaling a .360 on-base percentage. For his efforts, his teammates voted him as the team’s Panther Award recipient. Schildt also teamed up with Flynn on the Carolina Prospects where he recorded six outfield assists for the summer. According to Diamond Prospects, Schildt was rated No. 36 in the state’s outfielders.

Davis on Schildt: “Camren is a great player and we’re looking forward to see what he can do on the field for us.”

Name: Cody Sheffield
Hometown: West Point, Ga.
Previous School: Chattahoochee Valley C.C.
High School: Troup County
Position: RHP

In 2014, Sheffield was a key member of Chattahoochee Valley, which closed the 2014 season with a 42-10 record. In his two-year career at Chattahoochee Valley, Sheffield accumulated a 2.70 ERA and average over a strikeout per inning.

Davis on Sheffield: “Cody is a great addition to our pitching staff. He has been a big part of one of the nation’s winningest teams over the last two years. Cody has a big arm with a lot of potential, and we are very excited about what he will bring to our staff.”

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