Memphis Adds Punch to Offense with Signing of Sacramento City's Eli Hynes
Nov. 20, 2009
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Head coach Daron Schoenrock and his staff took their recruiting efforts to the West coast and found success, inking Sacramento City College slugger Elijah Hynes to a National Letter of Intent, it was announced today.
Hynes is the second consecutive juco power-hitter to sign with Memphis in the early signing period and joins Cody Geyer, Ethan Gross, Sam Moll, Blake Myers, Bryan Picou, T.J. Rich and Erik Schoenrock as the Tiger's 2010 signing class.
"What a huge step for our program to tap into the rich tradition of Sacramento City College to add a hitter with Eli's qualities," said Schoenrock. "Coach Andy McKay does an outstanding job preparing his players for the next level and we expect great things from Eli. He will fit nicely somewhere in the middle of the order in 2011."
Hynes was a fixture in the middle of the Sacramento City order in his redshirt freshman campaign. He helped lead head coach Andy McKay's club to a 25-19 record. The Roseville, Calif., native started in leftfield in 38 games and saw action in all 44 of SCC's games. Hynes, who hit .307 in 2009, led the Panthers with a .582 slugging percentage, 89 total bases, 41 RBI, 13 doubles and nine home runs. He put together 11 multi-hit games and led the squad with 10 multi-RBI performances en route to 2009 First Team All-Big 8 honors.
The six-foot, Hynes was a two-year varsity letterman for head coach Dave Nutter at Woodcreek High School. In his two years at WHS, Hynes collected 18 RBI and 11 doubles while helping the Timberwolves to a 36-19 mark.