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ULM Baseball Inks Four on Day Two of Early Signing Period
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Release: November 11, 2010
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Courtesy: ulmwarhawks.com
MONROE, La. - ULM baseball head coach Jeff Schexnaider announced the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Thursday. James Connally, Christopher Dudley, Joshua Faciane and Justin Stawychny will all play for the Warhawks beginning with the 2012 season.

Connally, a right-handed pitcher from Nashville, Tenn., is rated as the 11th best player in the state of Tennessee by Perfect Game, which is considered the largest and most comprehensive baseball scouting service. Perfect Game also ranks the 6-foot-5 David Lipscomb High School star as the 500th best prospect in the country.

"Cody is a big, strong right-handed pitcher who we feel can be an impact pitcher for us before he leaves ULM," Schexnaider said. "He has all of the tools you look for when you evaluate a pitcher."

Dudley will join the Warhawks following a two-year career at Northeast Texas Community College. The outfielder hit .277 with three doubles, three home runs and 20 RBIs over 83 at-bats and 29 games as a freshman last season. Dudley hit .420 with seven homers, 10 doubles, seven triples and 19 stolen bases as a senior at Kilgore (Texas) High School in 2009 for which he earned third team all-state and first team all-district honors.

"When you watch Chris play he shows you how the game should be played," Schexnaider said. "He plays the game with a lot of energy and makes everyone around him better."

Faciane, a shortstop from Jesuit High School in New Orleans, La., is coming off a summer where he hit .429 for the Retif Oil American Legion team. His batting average ranked among the top 10 while his 13 RBIs led the Southeastern Regional. Faciane helped Jesuit to a number 16 seed in the Louisiana 5A playoffs and a first-round victory over Hahnville last season.

"Josh is a great fit for us because he knows how to play the game," Schexnaider said. "He can play multiple positions in the infield and really plays the game hard.  He comes to us from Jesuit High School in New Orleans where he plays for ULM alum Joey Latino." 

Stawychny was also recognized by Perfect Game as he was named one of the top 1,000 players in the country. The outfielder from Leyden High School in Franklin Park, Ill., earned all-conference honors this past season for the Eagles.

"Justin can just flat out hit," Schexnaider said. "He can play in the outfield or on the corner in the infield and should be a fixture in the middle of the lineup before his time at ULM is finished."  

The Warhawks open the 2011 season with a four-game series against Texas-San Antonio at Warhawk Field on Feb. 18-20.

ULM Baseball Signing Class
James Connally (RHP) - David Lipscomb (Tenn.) High School

Christopher Dudley (OF) - Northeast Texas CC
Joshua Faciane (SS) - Jesuit (La.) High School
Justin Stawychny (OF) - Leyden (Ill.) High School