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It’s hard to follow College Baseball recruiting. With the lure of the MLB and the lack of scholarships you normally only know about a player when Auburn makes the official announcement of him. Auburn made just such an announcement today in the signing of OF Bryce Lane from Florida Gulf Coast Community College. FGCCC is a powerhouse this year thanks in large part to Lane and fellow Auburn signee Andrew Morris.
Lane comes to Auburn via Russell County High School (always a powerhouse) and FGCC and should impact the Tigers immediately in the 2011 season as they look to replace the majority of their offense:
"Bryce is a pure hitter that also has a great deal of pop - he not only is one of the best hitters in the conference, but is also very good on the mound."
Lane has been on fire all season for Gulf Coast:
The Commodores rank seventh in the NJCAA in team batting average (.367) thanks in part to the tremendous season Bryce Lane is having through 41 games. Lane leads the team with a .446 batting clip and ranks first the NJCAA with 20 homers and 72 RBIs
The best article I’ve found on just what Lane brings is from The Panama City News Herald:
“He supplies a surge for the rest of the team when he gets it going,” GC assistant coach and hitting instructor Michael Murphree said. “He’s one of the best that I’ve been around.”
Lane has only went hitless in one conference game and has two hits in seven games, including his last three. He maintains a simple approach, as do most hitters, when he started working with Murphree.
“I play the game the same way every day and don’t get caught up in anything,” Lane said. “I go up to the plate expecting to get a hit or two.”
There’s one other Gulf Coast Commodore that I hope Auburn takes a serious look at in Sophomore OF Mike Love. You can call it a homer pick if you want because Love is an Opelika guy and I’ve personally seen him play, but still, he’d look great in Burnt Orange and Navy Blue:
Gulf Coast Community College’s Mike Love is this week’s FCCAA Baseball Player of the Week. Love, a sophomore from Opelika, Ala., batted .692 (9-for-13) with three home runs (1.462 SLG%), eight RBI and ten runs scored in five games. He was 3-for-4 with a solo homer and three runs scored in a doubleheader sweep of Grand Rapids on March 3. In a pair of games against Kankakee on March 4-5, he went a combined 4-for-7. He closed the week with a five-RBI effort against Kalamazoo on March 7 when he was 2-for-2 with a home run and three runs scored. Love hit safely and scored at least one run in each of the Commodores’ five games.
Regardless, getting Lane and Morris from Gulf Coast are going to be huge additions to Auburn and shows that Coach John Pawlowski is doing solid things on the recruiting front.