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Wampler, Fitzgerald Selected in MLB Draft

Big weekend for a pair of Sycamores.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – A pair of Sycamores who have completed their careers at Indiana State University will see their baseball careers extended after they were selected in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft on Saturday.

Shortstop Tyler Wampler (West Terre Haute, Ind.) was chosen in the 17th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers while senior catcher Mike Fitzgerald (Rochester, Ill.) was taken in the 27th round by the San Diego Padres.

Wampler was a mainstay for the Sycamores at shortstop during his four year career at Indiana State and finished with a school record 628 assists and turned a school record 129 double plays. He is also third in career starts (209), tied for 10th in games played (213), and eighth in career chances (972).

The former Sycamore batted .275 this past season with 53 hits including five doubles, a triple, and 16 RBI while hitting from the middle of the order. He finished with a .263 batting average with 194 hits in 738 at bats (seventh most all-time).

Wampler earned the Missouri Valley Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year award while also being named to the All-Defensive Team and to the All-MVC First Team. He was also an honorable mention All-MVC selection in 2012 and a member of the All-Tournament team in 2011.

With incredible range in the field, Wampler had a .966 fielding percentage during his senior year with 68 putouts and a team-high 159 assists (third in MVC). He also ranks 10th in the league in fielding double plays (28). Wampler is the first Sycamore to earn the league’s Defensive Player of the Year honor.

Fitzgerald was another valuable part of the Sycamore defense these past two seasons after having playing his first two years of collegiate ball at Lincoln Land Community College where he was named a third-team NJCAA All-American after his freshman season. He was not always the man behind the mask for the Sycamores but did start at catcher 37 times as a junior and all 50 of the games he played as a senior.

He was named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference second team and to the MVC Baseball Scholar Athlete team as a senior.

Fitzgerald finished his senior season with the second best batting average on the team (.293) as he banged out 51 hits in 154 at-bats with 10 doubles and three home runs. He was also second on the team in slugging percentage (.402), had the best on base percentage on the team (.452) and had the second best fielding percentage on the team (.984) with just five errors in 306 chances and 43 assists. He caught 15 runners stealing (third best in the MVC)

He finished with a .279 batting average at Indiana State with 92 hits including 22 doubles and six home runs.
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