Mon, Jul. 16, 2012 - [Baseball]
Rio Grande Sports Information
TORONTO, Ohio - University of Rio Grande head baseball coach Brad Warnimont has announced the addition of the Toronto High School duo of Seth Cox and Vance Goddard to his program for the 2013 season.
Cox, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound RHP/IF, actually never got to play for the Red Knights because of a ruling by the Ohio High School Athletic Association following his transfer from nearby East Liverpool High School, where he earned three varsity letters, prior to the 2012 season.
Goddard, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound 1B/OF, helped head coach Brian Perkins' squad capture an 18th straight sectional tournament championship this spring en route to a 16-9 finish.
Coincidentally, both players also happen to be distant cousins to former URG basketball great Clarence "Bevo" Francis.
"We're hoping to tap into some of that heritage," Warnimont said. "Bevo is such a legendary figure here on our campus and we're happy to be able to bring in a couple of players who happen to be relatives of his. They're both welcome additions to our program."
As a junior at East Liverpool in 2011, Cox struck out 85 batters in 50 innings for the Potters and was named a first team all-district selection, as well as the East Liverpool Review's Pitcher of the Year. He also was invited to participate in the All-Ohio Crossroads Series at Wright State University.
Cox compiled a 5-7 record with 18 saves and a 2.14 earned run average in his three high school seasons. He tallied 174 strikeouts over the course of his sophomore and junior campaigns.
"I think Seth is the type of player who could have an immediate impact on our program, either as part of the rotation or out of the pen," said Warnimont. "He piled up a bunch of saves during his high school career. He has great velocity, which we think is only going to get better, and a breaking pitch that makes him a complete pitcher."
Cox was also named to the East Liverpool Review's All-Area team as a second baseman during his sophomore season in 2010.
Goddard had three doubles, a home run, nine RBIs and a .671 OPS for the Red Knights this season.
"Vance is going provide us with a measure of depth at both first base and in the outfield," Warnimont said. "Plus, he's a left-handed stick. As he gets bigger and stronger, you're going to see his impact on the program grow."
Cox is the son of John and Brooke Cox of Toronto.
Goddard is the son of William and Sandi Goddard of Toronto.
Both plan to major in Sports and Exercise Studies.