ORONO, Maine-- University of Maine baseball coach Steve Trimper announced today that his program has received National Letters of Intent from Shane Bussey (Boynton Beach, Fla. / Park Vista), Charlie Butler (Marlborough, Mass. / Nashoba), Nick DeFrank (Mullica Hill, N.J. /Clearview Regional), Burk FitzPatrick (Berwyn, Pa. / Episcopal Academy), Logan Fullmer (Lebanon, Pa. / Cedar Crest HS), Alexandre Gagne (Ottawa, Ontario / Louis Riel High School) and Jacob Marks (Bright's Grove, Ontario / St. Clair Secondary). The class is expected to have an immediate impact on the Maine team.
"We are very excited to announce the new additions to the UMaine baseball program," said Trimper. "Our goal, as always, is to find the right fit, both academically and on the baseball field to continue the successes we have accomplished as a team. This years group of student-athletes will certainly aid in our goal of future America East Championships and successful runs in the NCAA tournament. Both Coach Spaulding and Cather worked tirelessly this past year to identify and recruit an outstanding class."
Bussey, who is 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, can play either at shortstop, third base or pitch for the Black Bears. During his junior season, he had a .458 batting average to go along with a 1.70 ERA. He finished with a .593 slugging percentage and a .529 on-base percentage. He was named a Palm Beach Post Top Performer and All-Area, along with being named a Sun Sentinel Top Performer and All-Area selection.
Butler, who is 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, is a right-handed pitcher who can also play first base. He will serve as captain of his team this spring. During his junior season, Butler hit .405 with seven home runs and 26 runs batted in. He went 8-2 as a pitcher with 78 strikeouts and a 2.31 ERA in 64 innings. He pitched five complete games. Butler made the Metro West Daily News Central Mass Super Team. He also earned Worcester Telegram and Gazette All-Star honors. He was named to the Boston ESPN All-Stat Team and the league Mid Wach-B MVP.
DeFrank, who is 5-foot-10, 165 pounds, is a middle infielder/pitcher. He batted .370 and .450 the past two seasons, earning conference honorable mention honors as a sophomore. He stole 30 bases the past two years and scored more than 50 runs. DeFrank also played on various travel teams.
FitzPatrick is a 6-foot, 160 pound right-handed pitcher. He finished 6-3 last season, after posting a mark of 5-2 the previous season. He will serve as captain of the team this spring. He threw a one-hitter against Germantown Academy in 2011, after hurling a no-hitter against Barat Academy in 2010. He was named All-Delaware County in 2011. He earned All Inter-Academic League honors in 2011. He was a Carpenter Cup participant in 2011.
Fullmer is a 6-foot-1, 205 pound right-handed pitcher. He finished 6-1 last season with a 2.10 ERA. Fullmer, who served as a captain last season, struck out 76 batters in 53.2 innings pitched a year ago. He was named Cedar Crest Pitcher of the Year after leading his team to the Section I AAAA Championship. He was named a First Team Pitcher Section I AAAA All-Star. He went 8-2 as a sophomore with a 2.27 ERA, fanning 98 batters in 71 innings pitched. He threw a no-hitter en route to earning Cedar Crest Pitcher of the Year honors. In addition, he was named First Team Pitcher Section I AAAA All-Star Honors and named a Lancaster-Lebanon League All-Star. Fullmer is also an accomplished track and field athlete.
Gagne is a 6-foot-1, 180 pound right-handed pitcher. Gagne was named the Junior Athlete of the Year from Giscle-Lalonde Public School in 2009-2010. He received the Baseball Player of the Year , Ottawa Sports Award in 2011. Gagne has also been very successful Team Ottawa. The team finished as gold medalists at the Canada Cup National Baseball Championships in New Brunswick in August 2011. Team Ottawa was silver medalists at the Canada Cup National Baseball Championships in Saskatchewan in August 2010. He is also an outstanding volleyball player.
Marks is a 6-foot-1, 160 pound right-handed pitcher. He was named most valuable players of the 2011 St. Clair Secondary High School baseball team. He was a member of the Canadian Championship winning U17 Team Ontario at the Canada Cup in Moncton, New Brunswick in August 2011.
The eligibility of all student-athlete is contingent upon admission to the University of Maine and compliance with all NCAA rules, including registration with the NCAA Clearinghouse.