Drew Reilly has become the 10th former Crowder player from Team No. 53 to sign with a four-year school for the upcoming school year.
Reilly inked with NAIA Keiser University in West Palm Beach, Florida, it was announced on Wednesday. (You can bet this Canadian native will enjoy that Florida weather.)
Thus, Reilly joins Aaron Ashby (Tennessee), the trio of Zach Jackson, Jack Jumper, and Tyler Duncan (Arkansas State), Kobe Morris (Alabama), Bryce Bartlett (Arkansas), E.J. Scott (Louisiana-Monroe), Luke Price (Oklahoma), and Cooper King (Southern Arkansas) in signing with four-year schools. Ashby, though, signed a professional contract with Milwaukee after the Brewers selected him in the fourth round (125th overall pick) in the MLB Draft in June.
Last season, redshirt sophomore Reilly batted .314 (58 for 185) with 59 runs scored, 11 doubles, two triples, eight home runs, 50 RBI, 40 walks and 39 strikeouts, and 12 stolen bases in 16 attempts. Reilly had a .453 on-base and a .524 slugging percentage.
Reilly missed the entire 2017 season due to injury, but he traveled with Crowder when the Roughriders played in the JUCO World Series.
During his freshman season, Reilly hit .322 (47-146) in 42 games played with 34 runs scored, six doubles, two triples, four homers, 38 RBI, 20 walks and 24 strikeouts, and 13 stolen bases in 15 attempts. Reilly played on Crowder teams with a combined 86 wins.
The Keiser Seahawks come off a 38-19 2018 season in which they reached the NAIA Opening Round in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Keiser, ranked No. 15, was eliminated with a 6-2 loss to Point.
The Seahawks have reached the opening round four straight years.
In fact, Keiser reached the NAIA World Series and finished with 43 wins in 2017, the 2016 team won 40 games, and the 2015 team won 40 games. Reilly seems to fit right in with Keiser's winning ways.
The Seahawks are currently coached by one Brook Fordyce, who played 10 seasons (1995-2004) in MLB with the New York Mets (1995), the Cincinnati Reds (1996-98), the Chicago White Sox (1999-2000), the Baltimore Orioles (2000-03), and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2004).
Fordyce hit a career .258 (467-1807) with 41 homers and 188 RBI, highlighted by a 2000 season in which he batted .301 with 14 homers and 49 RBI between stops in Chicago and Baltimore. Fordyce received a nomination for the Roberto Clemente Award in 2003, based on his work with the American Red Cross.
Keiser named Fordyce head coach August 2017.