SPRINGFIELD, MO - Drury's baseball Panthers have bolstered their pitching staff for the 2012-13 season with the addition of transfer hurlers Ethan Mather and Jonathan McCann to the roster, head coach Mark Stratton announced on Thursday.
Mather is a 5-foot-10, 200-pound right-hander coming to the Panthers after a standout two-year career at perennial juco powerhouse Crowder College in Neosho. A former Ozark High School star and NCAA Division I Arizona State University signee originally after his prep career, Mather went 8-1 with eight saves this past spring at Crowder, compiling a 1.95 earned run average with 60 strikeouts in 64 innings pitched.
"We are very happy to add an arm as strong as Ethan's," Stratton says. "His decision to come back close to home and be a Panther allows him to join some of his Ozark and Crowder teammates. Ethan will get the ball in big situations. Whether it is in the form of starts, short relief or long relief, we know he will come out there and attack the hitters."
Mather, who will have two years of eligibility with the Panthers, will be rejoining former Ozark teammates John Neill, Brett Neill and Corey Wiley on the current DU roster, a foursome that helped coach Mike Essick's Tigers claim a state championship in 2009. Mather is currently pitching for the Joplin Outlaws of the MINK league and has a 2.75 ERA and four saves with 31 strikeouts in 19.2 innings.
McCann is a 6-6, 200-pound right-hander and transfer from NCAA Division I Missouri State, where he spent two seasons for coach Keith Guttin's Bears, including a redshirt campaign last spring that will give him three seasons of eligibility with the Panthers.
He was a former prep star at St. Joseph (Mo.) Central High, where he went 7-2 with a 2.79 ERA in 59.1 innings as a prep senior, earning all-city and all-conference honors. He is pitching this summer for the St. Joe Mustangs and has a 2-0 record and 1.13 ERA in 16 innings.
"We are excited to add a talented kid like Jonathan to our staff," Stratton says. "He has not had many innings over the last two years, but we are looking forward to giving him the ball for the three years of eligibility he will have for us. The last Missouri State pitcher we added to our squad ended up being one of the best we've ever had in Kyle Dyer, and we hope Jonathan follows in his footsteps."
Mather and McCann will join a Drury squad that returns virtually its entire starting lineup and rotation after finishing 29-22 last season.
Courtesy Scott Puryear - Drury Sports Information