May 18, 2011

Baum brings baseball signing class to even dozen

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GREELEY, Colo. – First-year baseball coach Carl Iwasaski has announced the addition of Derek Baum to his inaugural recruiting class at the University of Northern Colorado.

Baum, a 6-0, 180-pound catcher at Palomar Community College, becomes the 12th player to sign with the Bears. In his sophomore season at Palomar, Baum hit .333 in helping lead the team to the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference title. He played in 21 of the team's 41 games, starting in 13.

In his freshman year, he hit .340 for Palomar, playing in 34 of the club's 39 contests. A total of 12 of his 35 hits on the year were for extra bases, combining for a .534 slugging percentage. He also threw out nine would-be base stealers in his freshman campaign.

A 2008 graduate from Grossmont High School in La Mesa, Calif., Baum originally signed with Pacific, where he redshirted the 2009 season. He was a two-sport athlete with the Foothillers, lettering in both baseball and football. On the diamond, Baume was a three-time all-league selection in the Grossmont North League and also received All-CIF honors three times, as well as a gold glove for his defensive play behind the plate.

Baum and the 11 other signees, will all enroll for the fall 2011 semester at Northern Colorado.