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OU Adds Grande, Hedges and Patterson for 2007
November 17, 2005

NORMAN, Okla. -- Two days after Oklahoma baseball head coach Sunny Golloway announced 11 players to national letters of intent for the 2007 season, three more players were added before the signing period ended on Wednesday. 

Right-handed pitchers Danny Grande (Corpus Christi, Texas/Moody High School) and John Patterson (Frisco, Texas/Grayson County College-Frisco High School) now give the Sooners’ eight pitchers that will be new to the Sooners’ roster in 2007. 

Additionally, Zach Hedges (Bentonville, Arkansas/Bentonville High School) is the fifth infielder signed by the OU coaching staff in the 14-member class for 2007.

“We are very excited to add three more talented student-athletes to an already star-studded recruiting class,” said Golloway.  “Danny, John and Zach are accomplished players and have a lot of potential.  The coaching staff believes that the 14 members of this class will keep our program in contention for championships by providing us with a lot of depth in the future.”

On Tuesday, Golloway announced the signing of 11 recruits, including Aaron Baker (Denton, Texas/Denton HS), Vincent Biancamano (Glendale, Ariz./Chandler Gilbert Community College/Arizona State), Tanner Chitwood (Sulphur, Okla./Sulphur HS), Andrew Doyle (Rock Island, Ill./Alleman HS), Mike Gosse (British Columbia/New Mexico Junior College), Bryant Hernandez (Oxnard, Calif./St. Bonaventure HS), Chad Lee (Oklahoma City/Barton County Community College), Garrett Richards (Edmond, Okla./Edmond Memorial HS), Tyson Seng (Enid, Okla./Enid HS), Devin Shepherd (Agoura Hills, Calif./Oxnard HS) and Brandon Thomson (Gilbert, Ariz./Chandler Gilbert Community College).  Click here for a complete recap of the 11 signees.

Below is a brief look at the three newest members of the OU baseball program:

DANNY GRANDE
RHP - 6-0 - 170 - R/R
Corpus Christi, Texas (Moody High School)

 Hard throwing right hander, has a lot of upside
 Coached by Corky Gallegos at Moody HS
 Perfect 11-0 record in high school
 Went 4-0 as a sophomore to help lead team to state championship
 Chose OU over Houston and Oral Roberts
 Son of Danny and Soveida Grande

ZACH HEDGES
IF - 6-2 - 190 - R/R
Bentonville, Ark. (Bentonville High School)

 Very athletic corner infielder, power from the right side of the plate
 Plays for Todd Abott at Bentonville HS
 2005 stats:.361 batting average, 45 RBI, .589 on-base percentage
 Named the state’s best sophomore player after hitting .505 with 44 RBI
 Chose OU over Arkansas
 Son of Stan and Darby Hedges

JOHN "RED" PATTERSON
RHP - 6-3 - 200 - R/R
Frisco, Texas (Grayson County College - Frisco High School)

 Very consistent in the strike zone, throws 88-90 and velocity will increase with time
 Plays for Dusty Hart at Grayson County College
 Coached by Scott Crook at Frisco HS
 2005 stats: 7-3 record, 1.72 ERA, 93 strikeouts in 57 innings pitched
 Chose OU after originally signing with Dallas Baptist out of high school
 Son of Kevin and Michelle Patterson

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