Baseball announces 2014 recruiting class

(L to R) Brayden Housel, Ross James, Wallace Schmuck
(L to R) Brayden Housel, Ross James, Wallace Schmuck

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern Baseball will welcome six new faces in the fall of 2014, the Panther coaching staff announced today. The group of six, including brothers Luke and Ross Anderson, will complement the 27 returners from the 2014 Panther squad that went 35-12 and won the Southern Athletic Association regular season and tournament titles and appeared in the NCAA South Regional.

Ethan Curvin is a right-handed pitcher from Alexandria High School in Alexandria, Ala., where he played for Coach Andy Shaw. In his career, Curvin, who was a 2014 team captain, totaled a 11-5 record and a 3.30 ERA. In over 104 innings pitched he struck out 77 batters. Curvin's efforts earned him 2013 All-County accolades.

Brayden Housel is an outfielder from Briarwood Christian School in Birmingham, Ala., where he played for Coach Steve Renfroe. As a senior, Housel batted .292 with 28 hits and 26 runs scored. He was a team captain for Briarwood in both 2013 and 2014. Housel was a two-sport athlete at Briarwood, lettering in both football and baseball.

Ross James is a right-handed pitcher from Cape Girardeau, Mo., where he attended Notre Dame Regional High School and played for Coach Jeff Graviett. James had a stellar senior year as he posted a 8-2 record with a 1.15 ERA. James led his team to an appearance in the Missouri State Tournament quarterfinals. For his efforts, James was named to the All-SEMO Conference Team in both 2013 and 2014.

Wallace Schmuck, an infielder and pitcher, will join the Panthers after graduating from Texas Military Institute (TMI)The Episcopal School of Texas in San Antonio, Texas. He was named to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools All-District 3-4A team in 2014.