Baseball Team Signs Four Players to National Letters-of-Intent

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Mason head coach Bill Brown has signed four players to national letters-of-intent for the 2009 season.
Mason head coach Bill Brown has signed four players to national letters-of-intent for the 2009 season.

Dec. 17, 2007

George Mason head baseball coach Bill Brown is pleased to announce the early signings of four high school players to National Letters-of-Intent to become student-athletes at Mason beginning with the 2008-09 academic year. Chris O'Grady of Congers, N.Y., Ryan Pfaeffle of Commack, N.Y., Dan Shafferman of Wilmington, Del. and Josh Turner of Dumfries, Va. will join the Patriots beginning with the 2009 season.

"Chris is a big strong left-handed pitcher with unlimited potential," Brown said. "Ryan is a very accomplished pitcher as a high school player. We look forward to him coming in and competing right away with a command of three pitches. Dan is a very athletic catcher in the Mason tradition. He is an offensive-oriented catcher with outstanding defensive skills and arm strength. Josh is a special player who will bring exceptional speed and athletic ability to our program."

O'Grady is a 6-foot, 3-inch left-handed pitcher from Clarkstown High School North. As a junior, he pitched 46 and two-third innings, striking out 46 and walking 28 while compiling a 3-2 record. He was selected first-team All-County and twice first-team All-Conference. He earned a silver medal at the Empire State Games and he played summer baseball for the N.J. Twins. O'Grady, who also plays football and is the captain and starting quarterback of the team, is the brother of current Patriot T.J. O'Grady.

Pfaeffle is a 6'0" right-handed pitcher from Commack High School. As a junior, he pitched 42 innings with 49 strikeouts and nine walks. He put together a 5-1 record with one save and a 2.33 ERA. He was named to the All-Conference and Academic All-Conference teams and was a member of the Long Island Tigers organization in the summer. He also was selected to the Long Island Federation of Amateur Baseball Leagues All-Star Team.

Shafferman is a 5'10" right-handed hitting catcher from Dickinson High School. As a junior, he batted .381 with one home run and 19 RBI and a 1.000 fielding percentage. He was named first-team All-State and first-team All-Conference and was selected the team's Most Valuable Player. He played in the East Coast Professional Showcase and he's a member of the Maryland Oriolander Organization in the summer.



Turner is a 5'11" right-handed hitting outfielder from Potomac Senior High School. He was named honorable mention All-District as a junior and he also competes in track and field. He is a Nike All-American in the 4X200-meters and he was a 2007 Nike Indoor National Qualifier in the 60-meter dash, in which he ranked in the top 20 nationally.
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