Southern baseball signs two in early period

Joplin, Mo. -- Missouri Southern baseball coach Bryce Darnell has announced the signing of two new recruits during the early signing period for the 2014-15 season. 

Joining the Lions from the junior college ranks is right handed pitcher Cody Hutchinson from Neosho County CC. Hutchison is a 6-1, 175 native of Owasso, Okla. and Owasso High School. He will join former Neosho CC teammate and current Lion Robbe Ewing next season. 

Hutchinson saw action in 11 games with seven starts last season. He threw 35.1 innings as he helped the Panthers to an appearance in the 2013 Junior College World Series. The team won the Distrist Championship and finished the season ranked fifth nationally. 

The Son of Max and Kelli Hutchinson, Cody will major in conservation studies at MSSU.

"We feel that Cody will have an immidiate impact on our pitching staff," Darnell said. "He's an athletic kid who locates his fastball and commands his off speed well."

Danny Biggs will join the Lions from the high school ranks. A native of O'Fallon, Mo. and a senior this year at Fort Zumwalt High School, Bigs has lettered three seasons so far for the Jaguars and will see his fourth year starting in centerfield for coach Eric Gough. 

A 5-10, 175 outfielder, Biggs was a second-team All-State pick this past year after he batted .410 and had 14 stolen bases, helping to lead his team to a conference and district championship. He is currently tied for the single-season record in both hits (44) and runs (32). 

The son of Dave and Susan Biggs, Danny is undecided on his future major at Southern. 

"Danny's a physical hard nosed player who has the ability to play centerfield," Darnell said. "He can hit the ball to all fields, runs well, and has good baseball instincts.  We're excited that Danny chose Missouri Southern and we look forward to having him in our program."