Erwin commits to Clemson baseball

Photo by Jason Braverman

Photo by Jason Braverman

For the second time this summer, Clemson's baseball program has gotten a verbal commitment from one of Gwinnett County's top rising high school senior pitchers.

This time, it's Duluth's Zack Erwin, who chose the Tigers last month over interests from other programs, including Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Kennesaw State, Mercer and Georgia Southern, according to on-line recruiting services.

The 6-foot-5 left-hander joins Brookwood infielder/right-handed pitcher Lucas Sims on Clemson's commitment list. Sims committed to the Tigers earlier this summer.

Erwin is currently attending the prestigious East Coast Pro Showcase in Lakeland, Fla., and could not be reached for comment.

But Duluth coach Matt Champitto confirmed Erwin's commitment to Clemson and was very optimistic about his potential.

"He's come on strong of late," Champitto said of the rising senior. "He threw well for us (last spring) and then went out this summer and really blew up. I'm really glad he's coming back for another year."

Erwin went 7-4 with a 3.09 ERA and a team-best 68 strikeouts in 65 2/3 innings in helping the Wildcats (20-12) to their first state playoff appearance since 1997 this past spring.

He is also the second Duluth rising senior pitcher to make a recent college commitment, along with Chris Rich has given his verbal pledge to attend Gordon College in Barnesville.

The right-hander was a second-team All-County selection after going 5-3 with a save, a 2.20 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 54 innings this past season. Rich also hit .280 with three home runs and 22 RBIs as the Wildcats' shortstop.