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Sasser, Sandlin sign to play Division I baseball

Posted: November 17, 2014 - 5:17pm  |  Updated: November 19, 2014 - 12:18am
On Friday, Greenbrier baseball players Adam Sasser and Nick Sandlin signed to play with the University of Georgia and University of Southern Mississippi, respectively.  Photo by Scott Rouch
Photo by Scott Rouch
On Friday, Greenbrier baseball players Adam Sasser and Nick Sandlin signed to play with the University of Georgia and University of Southern Mississippi, respectively.

After committing to Division I schools in July, Greenbrier High School’s Adam Sasser and Nick Sandlin made it official on Friday.

Sasser, the Wolfpack’s left-handed first baseman, and Sandlin, the squad’s ace right-handed side-arm pitcher, signed to play for the University of Georgia and the University of Southern Mississippi, respectively.

For Sasser, who has been a main contributor to the Wolfpack going to two state title series and a semifinal appearance in his three years at the school, getting offered to become a Bulldog was something he had been waiting for his entire life.

“If the university offered me, I was going to take it,” Sasser said. “It was a matter of when they offered and when they did about two days later I committed. My whole family graduated from the University of Georgia, I grew up being a Bulldog fan and I always dreamed about playing there.”

Sasser hit .389 with seven home runs and 38 RBI as a junior and the Bulldogs are looking for that big bat.

“Adam is a big, strong, physical left-handed hitter with lots of power,” said Georgia coach Scott Stricklin on the Bulldogs’ Web site. “He is a good athlete who moves well around the bag and projects as a middle-of-the-order hitter.”

Sandlin, who went 13-0 and was the 2014 Region 2-AAAAA Pitcher of the Year and the Augusta Chronicle All-Area Player of the Year, made his mark playing for Team Georgia with Sasser in Oklahoma this summer.

“They saw me pitch against Team Mississippi and they knew a bunch of kids on that team and they got in contact with me from there,” said Sandlin, who was offered by Mercer and was looking at other Division I schools. “I went to the campus and visited and I liked it a lot.”

The staff at Southern Mississipppi likes the makeup of their recruit.

“I am looking forward to working with Nick as he will follow in the long tradition of undershooters that have come through Southern Miss,” said Michael Federico, assistant coach/pitching, on the team’s Web site. “Nick has pitched in numerous big games during his career and with his athletic background he will fit in nicely into our bullpen. I’m excited to work with Nick as he will provide poise and understanding how to win late in games.”

Greenbrier coach Jason Osborn was happy for his players.

“I’m proud of both of these guys, two big DI schools,” Osborn said. “These guys are able to go in and think they will be to contribute early on. We’ve got them for one more year and hope they put together the numbers like they did last year.”

Osborn said he’s seen some players relax after signing early but he wasn’t worried about Sasser and Sandlin.

“I think both of these guys will continue to work hard and bust their tail because they want to go to these schools and contribute, so they’re going to have to keep working hard,” Osborn said.

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