WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW head baseball coach Mark Scalf has announced the additions of Teddy Cillis, Chris Gaffney, Lou Matarazzo, Jacob Sasser and Daniel Stack to the program beginning in 2013-14.
The additional group of five brings the Seahawks’ incoming class for 2013-14 to 11 after Whitman Barnes, Justin Carroll, Cory Gantz, Casey Golden, Clay Lockamon and Robbie Thorburn committed during the November signing period.
Teddy Cillis (Latham, N.Y./Blair Academy) helped lead Blair Academy to the New Jersey Prep A State Championship after joining the Buccaneers from Christian Brothers Academy as a senior. Cillis earned First-Team Mid-Atlantic Prep League honors after hitting .326 with five home runs and 28 runs batted in. On the mound, he finished with a 6-1 mark with two saves and a 0.77 earned run average. He struck out 76 batters in 45 innings while allowing just 36 base runners on 21 hits and 15 walks. Prior to Blair Academy, Cillis earned First-Team All-Troy honors for CBA, where he was also a decorated football player and served as the team’s captain in 2011.
Chris Gaffney (Holtsville, N.Y./St. John the Baptist) is the second of three products from the state of New York and one of two who hails from Long Island. Gaffney captained the Cougars during his junior and senior seasons and helped lead the program to the NSCHSAA Championship in 2013. As a senior, he finished with a .334 batting average with 12 doubles, two triples and five stolen bases. He was a three-time all-league selection both on the field and in the classroom where he earned all-academic honors on three occasions. Blue Chip Prospect rated Gaffney as the top-rated catcher on Long Island and Newsday tabbed him as its top catcher.
Lou Matarazzo (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) is the second of the recruits hailing from Long Island, which is also the home of Terence Connelly, UNCW’s starting shortstop. A corner infielder/outfielder, Matarazzo is a two-time All-State honoree and three-time All-Nassau County selection after leading the Cyclones to conference championships in each of the last three seasons. In three seasons, he compiled a .432 batting average, scored 78 runs and collected 15 doubles, seven triples and 10 home runs. Matarazzo drove in 75 runs while totaling 91 hits and drawing 52 walks. Matarazzo was a Newsday Second-Team All-Long Island selection at first base this past season.
Jacob Sasser (Goldsboro, N.C./Southern Wayne) hails from eastern North Carolina and the same hometown as Associate Head Coach Randy Hood. As a senior with the Saints, Sasser was honored as the East Coast Conference’s Pitcher-of-the-Year after posting an earned run average of 2.12. In 2012, he helped the Saints to the ECC tournament championship. Sasser played in both the Powerade State Games of North Carolina and the Impact Baseball Showcase. He hit .750 and .500, respectively, at the showcase events.
Daniel Stack (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) captained the Chargers to a second-place finish in the 3A State tournament in 2013 after hitting .448 with 14 doubles and six home runs. Stack was a two-time All-State selection and also earned All-NCISAA honors his junior and senior seasons.