The WVU Tech baseball team gained two new recruits Wednesday, as head coach Lawrence Nesselrodt welcomed signees Chris Cole and Winston Storm Carver, both Clay County High School products.

The duo joins Rodney Perdue, Ryan Bayle, Austin Southcott and Ian Southcott as members of Tech’s 2015 recruiting class.

A native of Bickmore, Carver is coming to Tech after earning three varsity letters in baseball and two in basketball at Clay. The utility player earned honorable mention all-conference honors for his efforts on the mound his senior year. Carver is a Promise Scholar and was a part of the National Honor Society.

The son of Garland and Jo Carver plans to study business management at Tech. Storm’s sister, Sierra Backus, is a 2014 WVU Tech graduate.

Also a utility player, Cole earned four varsity letters for baseball and basketball during his career with the Panthers. In baseball, Cole received first team, second team and honorable mention (two times) accolades. During basketball, he was named to the second team and earned honorable mention praises.

In the fall, Cole will begin studying criminal justice at Tech. The Dixie native comes from a line of Coles graduating from Tech (John (father), 1991; Regina (mother), 1990; Larry (grandfather), 1968; and Mary (grandmother), 1968).

Carver and Cole helped lead their team to the Little Kanawha championship in 2012 and both participated on the American Legion Post 131 team.

Tech ended 2014 with a record of 18-27. For the season, the Golden Bears finished third in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) in hits (342) and doubles (60).


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