Vineland, NJ - The Cumberland County College baseball program had a big day on National Signing Day November 11, 2015. Two of the program's sophomore hurlers signed National Letters of Intent to NCAA Division 1 Universities.
Matt Colon (Buena Regional High School) signed an athletic scholarship to continue his academic and baseball career at James Madison University. Will Latcham (Cardinal O'Hara High School, PA) signed his scholarship with Coastal Carolina University.
Coach Keith Gorman was thrilled for his two student-athletes. "Matt and Will are hard workers on and off the field. They have both made huge developmental jumps as pitchers. I believe that their best baseball is ahead of them. Hopefully this is a scary thing for the batters they will be facing in the future. Very proud to have two outstanding students who are able to produce on the field as well. Both are great representatives for what Cumberland County College wants from their student-athletes."
Both Matt and Will had impressive springs as freshman for the Dukes team that came up two outs short of a return trip to the College World Series. They both continued their success on the mound, displaying dominance in their respective summer leagues. Latcham played for the Allentown Railers who won the ACBL. Will did not lose a single start and had an ERA close to 1.0. Colon was equally impressive in the NY summer league as the top closer in that league.
Equally impressive are their achievements in the classroom. The student-athletes are on schedule to graduate this spring. Matt will graduate with a history degree, Phi Theta Kappa membership and a GPA over 3.5. Will Latcham will graduate with his Criminal Justice degree and a GPA over 3.2.
Since the arrival of Coach Gorman and his staff the Dukes baseball program has sent a total of seven student-athletes onto the NCAA Division one level. In total, through three recruiting classes the Dukes baseball program has sent 26 players onto play at four year colleges and/or professional baseball. And there will be several more to come from the 2016 squad.