June 25, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. -
UC Davis baseball coach Rex Peters has announced the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the most recent signing period. Ross Fenstermaker, Justin Fitzgerald, Grant Hirneise and Kristopher Negrón have committed to attend UC Davis beginning in the fall of 2004. They join Daniel Descalso, David Huffman, Kevin James, Jeremy McChesney and Sean Rooney, who signed National Letters of Intent last fall.
"I'm very excited that all four of these student-athletes will be attending UC Davis next season," said Peters. "They join the five we signed last fall to form a great group of student-athletes who are going to contribute right away. I think all will fit in well at UC Davis, both academically and on the baseball field."
Fenstermaker is a 6-foot-4, 210-pound left handed pitcher from Granite Bay High School in Granite Bay, Calif. This past season he posted a 6-2 record in 47 innings pitched, striking out 70 with a 1.62 ERA. A first-team All-Sierra Foothill League selection, Fenstermaker also pitched in the Optimist All-Star Game after leading Granite Bay to a 15-12 record during the season.
Fitzgerald is a 6-foot-5, 220-pound right handed pitcher from Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa, Calif. This past season he compiled a 9-0 record with a 1.80 ERA in 78 innings pitched, recording 95 strikeouts and four shutouts. He was named the Most Outstanding Pitcher at the Adam Westcott tournament after throwing a perfect game. Fitzgerald was a first-team All-North Bay League and first-team All-Redwood Empire selection. Additionally, he was a first-team all-league choice in basketball this season. An honor roll member all four years, Fitzgerald is also involved with the Big Brother/Big Sister program of Sonoma County.
Hirneise is a 6-foot-5, 225-pound infielder from Agoura High School in Agoura Hills, Calif. A three-year varsity letterwinner, Hirneise has good power from the left side of the plate. He helped led Agoura to the Marmonte League title as a sophomore and is a three-year Principals Scholar Athlete recipient. Hirneise comes from an athletic family as his father played football at Oregon State and his grandfather was a minor league baseball player.
Negrón is a 6-foot, 170-pound shortstop from Vanden High School in Fairfield, Calif. This past season he led Vanden to a 20-7 record and the Capital Valley Conference title. He was an All-CVC selection and captured league MVP honors while being an All-C.I.F. San Joaquin section pick. Earlier this summer he participated in the County Clash where he went 3-for-4 with three RBI while being named the game's MVP. During his four years he earned two all-league selections and helped guide Vanden to two section championships.
The Aggies finished this past season with a 37-15-1 record.