Former First Presbyterian Christian Academy and current East Georgia State College pitcher Richard Lovelady has signed to play at Kennesaw State University.
The signing ceremony took place last week at EGSC in Swainsboro.
“I am very proud and excited. Kennesaw has a top-notch baseball program,” his mother, Julie Lovelady, said.
According to KSU assistant head coach Kevin Erminio, Lovelady will finish his sophomore year playing for the EGSC Bobcats this season and start his junior season with the Owls.
“He is a left-handed pitcher with a loose arm and was up to 91 mph with his fastball and showed an above-average curveball and changeup,” Erminio said. “We think he is a guy that can come in and pitch right away for us.”
During his freshman year at EGSC, Lovelady played in five games with one start, pitched 11 innings and allowing 10 hits, 13 runs (four earned), walked eight batters and tossed 17 strikeouts. He ended the year with a 3.27 earned-run average.
The Bobcats finished the season 16-28 overall and 10-24 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association conference play.
The Bobcats start their season Jan. 31 in a tournament at Gordon against Chattahoochee Valley Community College and Wallace Community College.
The Owls start their season Feb. 13 by hosting Liberty University. The Owls are the defending Atlantic Sun Conference champions and won the Tallahassee Regional in the NCAA tournament last season, according to ksuowls.com.