Updated Tue, Jul 30, 2013 6:26 pm
The University of Rio Grande baseball team announced the signing of Dominic Tiberi to the 2014 class Tuesday, according to RioRedStorm.com.
Tiberi is a recent graduate of Dublin (Ohio) Coffman High School. In his senior year for the Shamrocks, he batted .352 and knocked in 17 runs. He also doubled four times and tripled twice, finishing the year with a .464 slugging percentage and a .420 on-base percentage.
Tiberi received interest from other schools, including Division I programs such as Bowling Green and Toledo, but ultimately chose the RedStorm. “When I went down there for a visit, I fell in love with the campus and all the great history associated with Rio,” Tiberi said to RioRedStorm.com.
“It is important for us to recruit kids from quality programs,” said coach Rio Grande head coach Brad Warnimont when asked by RioRedStorm.com. “Tim Saunders (Dublin’s head coach and a Rio Grande alum) has built one of the best in the state of Ohio.”
The RedStorm finished the 2013 season 16 games over .500, at 36-20. They lost in the finals of the consolation bracket in the Mid-South Conference tournament to end the season.
In 2013, Rio Grande’s outfielders combined to hit .317 for the season, and knocked in 33.5 percent of the team’s runs. Rio lost one of its starting outfielders as Shane Spies graduated after this past season. Spies was the team’s triple crown winner in 2013 leading the team in batting average (.356), home runs (15), and RBI’s (54). Spies was also named a NAIA first-team All-American, leaving a big gap in the RedStorm outfield.
“I want to start as a freshman or sophomore and make an impact on the program,” Tiberi told RioRedStorm.com. Whenever Tiberi does start, his addition to the RedStorm will add another bat to an already impressive outfield.