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Baseball’s Austin Cox Inks National Letter of Intent with Mercer

MACON, Ga. – FPD senior Austin Cox signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Mercer University on Thursday morning, November 13, at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center on the school’s campus.

The signing is the first for the Class of 2015 and 21st overall for the FPD baseball program. It also marks the sixth D-I signing in program history.

“This was a great day for Austin and his family,” first-year head baseball coach Denny Bryant said. “We are proud of him and know he is on the road to do great things.”

Cox has been a mainstay in the FPD pitching rotation the past two seasons while leading the Vikings to GHSA State Playoff appearances in 2013 and 2014.

The southpaw finished the 2014 campaign with a microscopic ERA of 1.85 and a 7-2 record in 45.1 innings pitched while striking out 67 batters and walking just 25. Cox is 8-2 over the past two seasons combined and will be relied upon heavily in the 2015 season.

For his efforts, Cox was named All-Region and All-Middle Georgia in 2014.

“He’s a competitor,” Bryant said. “We are just really happy for him and his family. He’s had some great support over the years from his family, friends and coaches. He’s the guy you would definitely want on the mound in a deciding game of a series.”

Cox showed his consistency at the plate in 2014 as well, posting a whopping .455 batting average in 25 games played. In FPD’s first round GHSA state playoff series against Calvary Day School, Cox was 7-for-11 at the dish, good for a .636 batting average.

“I’m looking forward to this opportunity to play with a great program like Mercer and am thankful for my time at FPD,” Cox said. “I’d like to thank the good Lord above, my family and my friends for their support and encouragement over the years.”

The Vikings finished 2014 as the GHSA Class-A Region-7 Champions with a 17-8 overall record. FPD fell in three games in the first round of the state playoffs to Calvary.

The last D-I baseball signing according to FPD records was Tyler Gottlieb (Class of 2004), who signed with Stetson.

Mercer finished the 2014 season at 38-17. The Bears also advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and most recently in 2013.

The First Presbyterian Day School Department of Athletics strives to build the student athlete both in the playing arena and the classroom while upholding the school’s mission statement to educate and equip students to change the world for God’s glory. For more information, visit www.fpdvikings.com and sign up for up-to-the-minute news and scores by visiting www.twitter.com/FPDVikingSports.

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