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June 12, 2003

Retriever Signs Pro-Baseball Contract

UMBC junior lefthanded pitcher Joe Wilson signed a professional contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. Wilson was selected in the 13th round by the Philadelphia Phillies in the June 2003 Major League Baseball Draft. Wilson, the 385th overall selection, was the 11th pick by the Phillies.

Wilson enjoyed his finest campaign in 2002 as a sophomore, going 9-3 with a 2.26 ERA. He earned First Team All Northeast Conference honors that season. This past year, Wilson went 4-6 and fanned 57 batters in 61.0 innings, while finishing with 6 complete-games. San Diego Padres' reliever Jay Witasick and Milwaukee Brewers starting lefthander Wayne Franklin are two former Retrievers who are now in the majors.

"We are extremely happy for Joe," said UMBC head coach John Jancuska. "He has worked extremely hard since arriving at UMBC and really has improved tremendously over the last couple of years. We wish him the best of luck with the Phillies."

Posted by dwinds1 at June 12, 2003 12:00 AM