JUCO Slugger T.J. Rich Joins Memphis Baseball's 2010 Signing Class
Nov. 19, 2009
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Head coach Daron Schoenrock continues to add talent to the University of Memphis baseball program as Middle Georgia College first baseman T.J. Rich signed his National Letter of Intent to finish his collegiate career with the Blue and Gray. Rich is the first junior college signee of the early signing period.
"We are very excited with the left-handed power potential T.J. will bring to our lineup," Schoenrock said. "He comes from the talent-rich state of Georgia and has faced quality competition his whole baseball career. He also has World Series experience under the direction of Coach Craig Young from a program that has produced countless quality players. He will be a great addition to our program."
Currently a sophomore for head coach Craig Young at Middle Georgia, Rich made an immediate impact on the Warriors program as a freshman, helping the squad to a 44-20 record. He played a vital role in MGC's Region 17 Conference and East Central District championship as he led the club with a .423 batting average, while ranking with 38 RBI and 13 doubles. Rich, who hit three homers on the year and posted a .515 on base percentage, garnered Region 17 Conference Tournament MVP honors.
Middle Georgia advanced to the NJCAA Division I World Series, where Rich shined. The Marietta, Ga., native hit .385 with five runs scored and three RBI. He hit safely in all three World Series games, including collecting multiple hits twice.
Rich played his prep career for head coach David Stephenson at Sprayberry High School in Marietta, Ga. A four-year letterman, he saw action at first base, leftfield, pitcher and designated hitter. Rich was a three-time All-Region honoree, earning First Team recognition in 2006 and 2008. He was tabbed a Second Team All-State performer in 2006.
Rich played summerball for the East Cobb Yankees and helped the club to a Connie Mack World Series championship in 2008.