Former Cumberland Valley left fielder and pitcher Beck Way has committed to Louisiana State University. The 2017 graduate announced his decision on Twitter Nov. 8.
Blessed to announce that I have committed to Louisiana State University to further my baseball and academic career. I want to thank God for this opportunity and second a special thanks to my family and all the coaches that have helped me so far. #GoTigers pic.twitter.com/dJ4r3mwg34— Beck way (@That_kid_beck) November 8, 2019
“I committed to LSU because I wanted to be a part of that family, they have a great history and that’s something I wanted to be a part of,” Way said over Twitter DM Tuesday. “The team has a great history of winning and producing great players — I wanna be a part of that.”
“Beck’s first love has always been baseball,” CV baseball head coach Levi Mumma said through email Tuesday. “He grew up at the side of the legendary Mike Whitehead Sr. and his uncle Mike Whitehead Jr. Along with his other uncle Richard he has Learned firsthand what it takes to be a competitor at the highest level.”
The JUCO right-hander spent the summer in the Cape Cod League where he had a 2-2 record with a 3.29 ERA. Way is currently at Northwest Florida State and posted an 0-1 record with a 3.98 ERA and 31 strikeouts in one season there.
“This October, [LSU] called me and showed interest,” Way said. “I will be joining LSU next fall, so the 2020-21 team. I’m Excited for the opportunity.”
During his run with CV, Way accumulated 10 runs, 26 hits, 12 RBIs, three doubles, one triple, two stolen bases and a .342 batting average. As a pitcher, Way went 1-2 with one save, 24 innings pitched, 22 hits, 10 runs, five earned runs, 18 walks, 29 strikes, a 1.46 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.
“Beck was certainly a tremendous talent here at Cumberland Valley,” Mumma said. “We knew that as he got older and developed physically and faced tougher competition that he had a real shot. He had a tremendous summer in the Cape Cod league and getting the looks of some really important eyes. It’s great to see those eyes followed him down to Florida. And especially great to know that he’s going to get a shot with the best of the best at LSU.”
Division I LSU, an SEC powerhouse coached by Paul Mainieri, went 40-26 last season and finished 15th in the country. The Tigers were knocked out in a 12th-inning walk-off during the NCAA Super Regional in June.
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