The University of Minnesota-Crookston baseball program announced Wednesday, June 14 the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent.
Jordan Deadwyler, Louis Gerzin and Jonathan Lund will join the Golden Eagles squad in the spring of 2018 along with five other student-athletes who signed earlier this season (Graeme Cherry, Eli Jung, Brandon Kankelfritz, Zach Rustad and Jake Thyes).
“We are thrilled to sign these three student-athletes,” UMC baseball head coach Steve Gust said. “All three are great athletes and scholar-athletes. One of our major recruiting goals for next year was to find quality hitters, and Deadwyler and Lund can be excellent offensive players. Gerzin is another athlete who can be a dynamic pitcher. All three are competitors who are committed to helping our program move forward.”
UMC posted its second consecutive 20-win season in 2017 (24-28), falling one win short of posting a school-record 25 wins.
Deadwyler was born on Nov. 6, 1996 to Bertram and Kisha Deadwyler.
A 5-foot-10 third baseman and outfielder, Jordan Deadwyler was an Academic All-Conference pick and National Honor Society member at First Cost High School in Jacksonville, Fla.
Deadwyler played baseball at Paine College in Augusta, Ga. as a freshman. He hit .353/.422/.441 on the season, including five doubles, two triples, 10 walks, 19 runs scored and 15 RBIs.
Last season, Deadwyler competed at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, Iowa. Throughout the season, he hit .254, including eight doubles, eight walks, two home runs, 21 runs scored and 16 RBIs.
“Jordan impressed us immensely during our visit,” Gust said. “He is a quality student with the character traits we are looking for in our order. He has the ability to swing for average and power. With his work ethic, we believe he can be a middle of the order guy for us.”
Deadwyler earned his associate’s degree from Iowa Lakes with honors. He plans to major in communication at UMC.
Gerzin was born on Oct. 9, 1995 to Louis Gerzin and Dawn Anderson.
A 5-foot-11 right-handed pitcher, Louis Gerzin spent the last two seasons playing baseball at Vermillion Community College in Ely, Minn. As a freshman, he went 2-4 on the mound following 27.1 innings of work with 28 strikeouts. Gerzin also tallied one save and two compete games. Offensively, he tallied three runs scored and one RBI in 28 at-bats.
As a sophomore, Gerzin went 3-4 with a 5.66 ERA in 41.1 innings pitched. He posted 57 strikeouts and 29 walks while giving up one run on the season. Offensively, Gerzin hit .382 with nine doubles, two home runs, 32 runs scored and 29 RBIs. He was an All-Region selection that year, as well.
“Louie had a great sophomore year at Vermillion,” Gust said. “He led his team on the mound and at the plate. He’s just an all-around athlete who we project as a pitcher although he could end up as a two-way player. He is very projectable as a pitcher. He has a decent fastball with a good breaking pitch.”
Gerzin attended Ely High School where he also played hockey and football. He was named All-Iron Range Football Player of the Year in 2013 after running for 1.981 yards and 26 touchdowns.
He also played junior hockey for the Colborne Cramahe Hawks in Colborne, Ontario during the 2014-15 season and for the Alexandria Blizzard in Alexandria, Minn. during the 2015-16 season.
Gerzin plans to major in exercise science and sports management at UMC.
Lund was born on June 26, 1997 to Stacy and Kelly Lund.
A 6-foot-2 Tolna, N.D. native, Jonathan Lund attended Dakota Prairie High School where he was an All-Region selection for baseball as a junior and senior. He also played basketball where he was named to the Ramsey County All-Tournament and was an All-District pick as a junior and senior. In addition, Lund played football where he earned Second Team All-Region as a senior.
Lund then attended Lake Region State College in Devils Lake, N.D. where he was a three-sport athlete (baseball, men’s basketball and golf). Lund hit .412/.459/.557 in baseball as a sophomore, including 12 doubles, one triple, 10 walks, 14 runs scored and 28 RBIs.
Lund was an All-MonDak Conference pick and was named All-Region as a sophomore.
“Jon is another quality athlete but is equally impressive off the field and in the classroom,” Gust said. “He is just a quality kid who can also swing the bat. He has the potential to hit in the middle of the order. The sky is the limit for him. We believe he can help take this program to the next level.”
Lund was also named to the MonDak Academic All-Conference team and was on the Dean’s List and President’s List at Lake Region.
Lund plans to major in agricultural business at UMC.