UC Davis Baseball Signs Two Pitchers

Nov. 18, 2009

DAVIS, Calif. - Matt Nichol and Craig Lanza have each signed National Letters of Intent with the UC Davis baseball program and will join the Aggies for the 2011 season, head coach Rex Peters announced Wednesday.

Nichol, a native of Burlingame, Calif., joins the Aggies after leading Serra High School to the 2009 Central Coast Section Championship. Serra High School finished first in the West Catholic Athletic League with a 14-3 record and an overall record of 30-6. Under the direction of head coach Pete Jensen, Nichol posted a 6-1 record on the mound and recorded a 3.23 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 39 innings. He was also a member of the National Honor Society and the honor roll.

Lanza helped lead Monte Vista High School to back-to-back North Coast Section quarterfinal appearances in 2008 and 2009. A three-year letterwinner in baseball, Lanza and his team finished second in the Eastbay Athletic League with an overall record of 17-8 in 2009. In addition to baseball, Lanza also earned a letter in football and helped his team advance to the section quarterfinals in 2008.

"(Nichol and Lanza) come from good high schools programs with winning traditions, and both are good fits for our program's pitching philosophies," said Peters. "Both are strike throwers who have a feel for pitching on both sides of the plate, and have above average command of three pitches. They are athletic in fielding their positions and holding runners and both love to play the game and compete. Both are also above-average students who have the talent to come into our program and contribute right away. We can't wait to coach them."

The 2010 Aggie baseball season opens Friday, Feb. 19 when UC Davis hosts Utah in a three-game homestand.