July 25, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- The UAB baseball program announced the signing of infielder Evan Peterson to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Blazers during the 2014 campaign.
A Puyallup, Wash. native, Peterson played his freshman season at Tacoma (Wash.) CC were he earned the conference Gold Glove award, making only six infield errors playing primarily second and third base.
“Tacoma Community College has a history of producing high quality Division I players under the direction of coach Ryan Mummert and we believe Evan will continue that tradition at UAB,” said UAB head coach Brian Shoop.
“He is versatile, can play a lot of positions and we also believe Evan will bring a high level of energy and toughness to our team which is exactly what we need on this team.”
Peterson, who bats left-handed but throws right-handed, finished the season with a .259 average over 46 games and 143 at-bats. He scored 31 runs and drove in 31, which ranked second on the team.
Prior to Tacoma CC, Peterson put up big numbers during his senior year at Puyallup High School and with the Puget Sound Roxx, a senior year summer baseball team in the Seattle Premier League.
He finished his senior season at Puyallup with a .443 batting average, .576 slugging percentage and 17 stolen bases en route to the South Puget Sound League South Batting Title. He helped his team advance to the 4A State Championship game in both his freshman and senior seasons.
“We were looking for was a left-handed bat and we think we found one in Evan Peterson,” added Shoop. “His offensive numbers in high school and summer baseball were obviously outstanding, and playing his junior college baseball in a wood bat league, he posted good numbers there as well.”
With the Roxx, Peterson hit at a .508 clip and was named a First-Team Seattle Premier League second baseman.
“Evan is a great student and a incredible young man. He will fit right in with our players and we are excited that Evan is joining the Blazer Baseball Family this fall,” Shoop said.