|UNCW Reels In Impressive Class|
Pictured from left to right: Tyler Molinaro (Pitt CC), Justin Manning (Holly Springs), Luke Dunlap (East Forsyth), Ryan Mayhew (West Forsyth), Jordan Ramsey (North Davidson) and Corey Dick (Albemarle)
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - UNCW head baseball coach Mark Scalf has announced the signings of Corey Dick, Luke Dunlap, Justin Manning, Ryan Mayhew, Tyler Molinaro and Jordan Ramsey to play for the Seahawks and continue their studies at UNCW in the 2011-12 season.
"We're excited on every level with the class that has signed for 2012," said Scalf, who enters his 20th season as head coach. "While this is a small class in numbers, it is high on quality. Associate Head Coach Randy Hood and Assistant Coach Jason Howell have again done a superb job of identifying talented and hard working players who fit the Seahawk mold and who understand how to win."
The 2011-12 class consists of five high school players and a junior college product.
Four of the six signees are ranked by Perfectgame.org. Jordan Ramsey and Ryan Mayhew are ranked 17th and 23rd, respectively. Justin Manning and Luke Dunlop are next at 28th and 29th, respectively.
Impact Baseball, meanwhile, lists all five high school players in its state top 75. Ramsey is the highest future Seahawk at 22nd and is followed by Mayhew and Dick at 34th and 35th, respectively. Manning (42nd) and Dunlap (47th) round out the UNCW signees.
Corey Dick (Albemarle, N.C./Albermarle) is a first base man who hails from the same high school as former Seahawk and first-round draft of the New York Mets, Brad Holt. Dick, who hit .535 with 12 home runs and 49 runs batted in as a junior, is a two-time 1A All-State selection for the Bulldogs. He played for the Region VI squad in the North Carolina State Games last summer while also playing in the 2010 Impact Futures Game and the American Legion All-Star game. Dick won the Home Run Derby at the American Legion All Star game festivities. "Corey is a powerful lefthanded bat, who uses the entire field when hitting. He's pretty advanced in his approach and ability at the plate." Dick is also the starting tight end for Albemarle's football team.
Luke Dunlap (Walnut Cove, N.C./East Forsyth) is an outfielder who has helped East Forsyth to three Piedmont Triad Conference titles. The Fighting Eagles were runner-ups in the 4A State Championship and ranked third in the final state poll. Dunlap is a three-time all-conference selection and was named All-County twice. In 2009, he helped the Canes North 2011 team to the WWBA National Championship in East Cobb, Georgia. "Luke is a solid athlete with great baseball awareness. He's a player who can create scoring opportunities at either the top or bottom of the order."
Justin Manning (Raleigh, N.C./Holly Springs) comes to the Seahawks from Holly Springs, a school that has reached the 4A State tournament in each of the past three seasons. Manning hit .350 with 14 doubles and a pair of home runs. He knocked in 30 runs and scored 25. On the mound, Manning compiled a mark of 6-2 with a save. In 45 innings of work, he fashioned an earned run average of 2.33 while walking just eight and striking out 56. "Justin is a versatile catcher and corner infielder. He has the ability to drive runs in."
Tyler Molinaro (Charlottesville, Va./Pitt CC) started for National Junior College World Series participant and Region X champion Pitt Community College as a freshman and responded with an impressive season in which he hit .360 with eight doubles, nine home runs and compile a .667 slugging percentage. Molinaro played at Albemarle High School in Charlottesville, Va., where he hit .447 with 10 homers and drove in 33 runs. "Tyler has gained experience at the junior college level while playing for coach Tommy Eason at Pitt. He's used his time at Pitt to develop into a strong collegiate hitter and has become a good defensive outfielder."
Ryan Mayhew (Clemmons, N.C./West Forsyth) is a hard-throwing righty who has earned All-Central Piedmont Conference honors as a sophomore and junior. As a sophomore, Mayhew went 5-0 with a pair of saves. He also struck out 52 in 33 innings on the mound. In 2010, he helped the Titans to the 4A state tournament after winning the CPC tournament for the second straight season. The Titans finished the year ranked ninth in the state. Mayhew helped that charge with a 7-2 mark and a pair of saves. His 99 strikeouts ranked him ninth in the state. Last summer, he was the winning pitcher in the Gold Medal game at the State Games of North Carolina. "Ryan is a very polished pitcher who can dominate by throwing three pitches for strikes. He is an outstanding competitor with exceptional work habits." Mayhew also played on the Canes North WWBA national championship team with Dunlap and Ramsey.
Jordan Ramsey (Lexington, N.C./North Davidson) is a another hard-throwing righthander who earned 4A All-State honors while also being named Central Piedmont Conference Pitcher-of-the-Year and Davidson County Player-of-the-Year. Ramsey compiled an unblemished 11-0 mark on the mound and recorded a 1.35 ERA. In 64 innings, he struck out 108 batters, ranking sixth in the state in 2010. Ramsey helped the Black Knights to the 4A state semifinals in 2009 and the sweet 16 in 2010. Ramsey was a teammate of current Seahawk freshman Kelly Secrest. "Jordan is another polished righthander with tremendous upside. He's a strong competitor whose attention to detail makes him successful."
2011-12 UNC Wilmington "Seahawks"
Name Pos. B/T Ht. Wt. Hometown/Current School
Corey Dick IF L/R 6-1 220 Albemarle, N.C./Albemarle
Luke Dunlap OF R/R 5-11 170 Walnut Cove, N.C./East Forsyth
Justin Manning C/IF L/R 6-0 185 Raleigh, N.C./Holly Springs
Ryan Mayhew RHP R/R 6-0 175 Clemmons, N.C./West Forsyth
Tyler Molinaro OF L/R 6-3 200 Charlottesville, Va./Pitt CC
Jordan Ramsey RHP L/R 6-4 178 Lexington, N.C./North Davidson