OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton baseball team came out of this fall's early signing period with four new recruits inked to national letters of intent. Mike Gerber, Anthony Bemboom, Matthew Hartmann and Andrew Holt all will don the Blue and White in 2011 for the Jays.
Gerber is currently in his senior year at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Ill. After hitting .346 with nine home runs and 32 RBI in 2009, Gerber was a unanimous first team All-Conference selection and was ranked the fourth best overall outfielder in Illinois by Prep Baseball Report.
Bemboom will make the short trek across the Missouri River
from Iowa Western Community College. Bemboom was IWCC's everyday catcher as a
freshman last spring, batting .329 with 39 RBIs. He also flashed rare speed for
a catcher, stealing eight bases, and also projects to see time in the outfield. He is a native of Sauk Rapids, Minn.
Hartmann comes to Creighton from Lincoln Way East High School in Mokena, Ill. A right-hander, he is the 32nd ranked pitcher in Illinois according to Prep Baseball Report. In his junior campaign at Lincoln Way, he struck out 42 batters in 33 1/3 innings, en route to a 4-2 record with one save.
Holt is the second catcher signed by Jays during the early signing period, as he comes to Omaha from Central Catholic High School in Bloomington, Ill. Holt had a record-setting junior season, posting 24 doubles for a new CCHS record, while also adding 37 RBIs. He is also a two-time, first team All-Conference pick.
Holt will carry on a family tradition of attending Creighton, as his father Andy was a catcher for the Jays from 1981-85, while his mother Jean was a part of the softball team from 1979-83. Holt's cousin, Brian, is currently the starting goalkeeper on the men's soccer team.
Creighton will look to improve on a 31-25 record in 2009 and earn its first berth in the NCAA Tournament since 2007 this spring. The season opens up on Feb. 20 in Conway, Ark. against Central Arkansas.