Dec. 18, 2007
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's baseball coach Shawn Pender recently announced the signings of two high school seniors to the Hawks' 2008 recruiting class. Pitcher Ryan Kemp (Columbia, Md./Mount St. Joseph's) and infielder/outfielder Brett Tiagwad (Mt. Laurel, N.J./St. Joseph's Prep) will make their way to Hawk Hill in time for the 2009 baseball season.
Ryan Kemp is a six-foot-three, 210-pound righthander from Mount St. Joseph's High School in Baltimore. Last season, he was named the city Player of the Year by the Baltimore Sun after accumulating a 6-3 record and 2.90 earned run average as a junior. As a sophomore, Kemp recorded a 0.76 earned run average and six saves. This yeah he will serve as the President of the MSJ senior class. Current Hawks Chris Hildreth and Ryan McDonald are graduates of Mount St. Joseph's.
Brett Tiagwad stands at six feet, 170 pounds, and plays second base and outfield for the Hawks of St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia. The Mt. Laurel, N.J. native was the leadoff hitter for St. Joe's Prep's first Catholic League baseball champions in 82 years in 2007. He hit .495 with 47 hits and scored 43 runs and stole 21 bases as he was named to the Catholic League's Carpenter Cup Squad. Tiagwad was also named to the Philadelphia Inquirer All-Southeastern Pennsylvania Second Team in 2007, and is a two-time Second Team All-Catholic League South honoree (2006, 2007). He will join current Hawk pitcher Doug DiSandro as graduates of St. Joe's Prep on the SJU roster.
The 2008 edition of the Hawk baseball squad begins its season on Friday, February 22 with the first of a four-game series at William and Mary.