Baseball team receives national accolades

Originally published October 8, 2010

For the second consecutive year, the baseball team has made headlines with a nationally ranked recruiting class.

The Collegiate Baseball newspaper ranked the Braves’ 14-player class as one of the top-75 recruiting classes in the country.

Coach Elvis Dominguez said it is great for the program to be ranked in publications such as the Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

“To have our recruiting class be recognized for the second consecutive year is a great honor,” he said.  “It shows that we are attracting not only great athletes, but also great students to Bradley University. To have our first two classes receive this national recognition puts our program among many of the traditional baseball programs and lets us know that we are setting a strong foundation for our program.”

Bradley was one of four Missouri Valley Conference schools and one of 11 Midwest schools to make Collegiate Baseball’s top 75.

But the newcomers to the baseball program aren’t the only ones receiving national accolades.

Senior outfielder Brian Martin was named one of the top 20 prospects in the summer Jayhawk League by Baseball America magazine.

The Jayhawk League is a summer league composed of some of the best collegiate players in the country.

Martin was recognized as the eighth-best prospect.

Junior third baseman Rob Elliott and junior pitcher Jacob Booden were also named in the top-20 prospects in the Jayhawk League by the Perfect Game website.

Elliott was rated seventh and Booden came in at 14th in the rankings.

Wichita State was the only other school that had three players crack the rankings.

“It really is a testament to the hard work that the players put in not only last spring, but throughout the summer,” Dominguez said.  “They not only went out and competed in some of the premier summer leagues in the country, but they all worked hard and got better.  To have them acknowledged for their accomplishments this summer lets them know that their hard work did not go unnoticed.”

The Braves have already begun fall practice and will play three intrasquad games Oct. 11, 12 and 15 at O’Brien Field.