By Victoria Conway
The Edenton Steamers have added more depth to its 2019 rotation with its latest additions.
Jack Eisenbarger of Rockhurst University, Ian Fitzgerald of Embry-Riddle and Ryan Harbin of Newberry College are the newest players to ink deals with the Clams.
All three roster additions are left-handed pitchers.
Eisenbarger, a 5'10 160-pound junior, is someone who head coach Russ Burroughs expects to anchor his rotation.
"He's the main pitcher for his school, meaning he has a lot of experience. As a pitcher you can never have too much of experience and he will be throwing plenty of innings this spring which will benefit him when he gets to Edenton," said Burroughs.
The Kirkwood, MO native tossed the first no-hitter in school history this season, which earned him the DII National Pitcher of the Week award on March 3.
Fitzgerald, a 6'3 195-pound redshirt sophomore, transferred from Kean University (NJ) this season.
"I am familiar with the Emory-Riddle coaches and they called me to let me know they have a hard throwing lefty that I might be interested in. Ian is staying in shape this spring and I think this summer will be a coming out party for him to show everyone what he is capable of," Burroughs said.
The Millstone, NJ product is former teammates with Tyler Hopman, who will also be with the Steamers this season.
Last season he recorded 16 strikeouts in 11.1 innings.
Harbin, a 6'0 210-pound sophomore, had an impressive freshman year.
He was named "Male Newcomer of the Year" as he pitched the most innings on his team with 74.2 and went 5-3 on the season.
"He's extremely durable and it gives us confidence that we call roll him out there in any situation and he'll have the stamina to withstand whatever is thrown his way," Burroughs said.
With the Steamers adding to its rotation, Burroughs has one goal in mind for his staff.
"I don't care about strikeouts. My philosophy is always four pitches or less. I want our rotation pitching to contact and trusting the eight other guys out there to do their jobs."
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