July 30, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's head baseball coach Fritz Hamburg has announced that four more student-athletes have made a commitment to play baseball at Saint Joseph's. All four will come to Hawk Hill for the 2009-2010 academic year.

Shane Carey (Williamsport, Pa./Loyalsock), Anthony Cirillo (Freehold, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy), Shane Lynch (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) and Quinn Renner (Laguna Niguel, Calif./Serra) will all suit up for the Hawks this season after declaring their intentions early this summer.

The quartet joins SJU's early signings - Kevin Burum, Greg Kumpel, Kyle Mullen and Eddie Palmer - to make up the 2010 season's freshman class.

"We are very excited to welcome these young men into the Saint Joseph's program," said Hamburg. "Along with our early signees, we feel that these student-athletes will have a significant impact on our team during their time on Hawk Hill."

Shane Carey is a 6-foot-4 lefthanded pitcher out of Loyalsock High School in Williamsport. He helped lead Loyalsock to a pair of district titles the past two seasons and a state championship in 2008 a season in which he was 6-2 with an earned run average of 2.91 on the mound and a .367 batting average at the plate. He was also a four-year letterwinner in football, serving as the starting quarterback and throwing for over 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns in his final two seasons.

Anthony Cirillo joins the Hawks from the Christian Brothers Academy, where he was a four-year letterwinner in the infield. In his final two years of high school he was named to the All-Division Team and won the Star-Ledger Gold Glove award each year. As a senior he hit .412 with a .533 on-base percentage and was named to the All-Shore Second Team and the All-State Non-Public Team. He was the captain of CBA's first state championship team in 32 years and was also chosen for the Jersey Shore Carpenter Cup Squad.

Coming to Hawk Hill from Cherokee High is lefty infielder Shane Lynch. Lynch hit .449 as a senior with six home runs and a .795 slugging percentage. He was named First Team All-Conference, First Team All-Group 4 and Second Team All-South Jersey in 2009, and was a member of the Carpenter Cup-winning Burlington County squad. Lynch also helped lead his Cherokee team to the 2009 Diamond Classic championship, the Olympic Conference American Division championship and a number-one ranking in South Jersey from both the Courier Post and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Hailing from Southern California, Serra High graduate Quinn Renner rounds out the 2009 recruiting class. Renner, a right-handed infielder from Laguna Niguel, was a four-year letterwinner who served as team captain as a senior. It was during his senior season that Serra won the Trinity League title and Renner hit .375 on his way to First Team All-League honors. He also earned a gold glove award for his defense as a junior.

Saint Joseph's will begin the 2010 season in late February. The Hawks will play their home slate at Campbell's Field in Camden, N.J. after SJU and the Atlantic League's Camden Riversharks reached an agreement earlier this summer. The Hawks played six conference games at the 6,425-seat facility in 2009. Campbell's Field will also play host to the 2010 Atlantic 10 Baseball Championship.