November 14, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – John A. Logan College lefthanded pitcher Joey Marciano signed a letter of intent this week to play baseball at Southern Illinois University next fall.

A Chicago native, Marciano was 8-2 last spring for the Volunteers with a 1.84 earned-run average. He struck out 68, walked 35 and allowed 45 hits in 73 1/3 innings.

For his efforts, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Marciano was named “Freshman of the Year” in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference. The southpaw, who has topped out at 92 mph to date, was also Logan’s only representative on the All-Region 24 team.

“Joey was outstanding for us last year,” said Logan head baseball coach Jerry Halstead. “He is a four-pitch pitcher (four-seam and two-seam fastball, curve, slider and change up), which is very rare for the JUCO level. And what separates him from others is the command of his secondary pitches. When you can consistently throw more than one pitch for a strike, you can be successful at almost any level.”

Halstead said he was pleased that Marciano chose his alma mater, the Salukis, over other schools.

“SIU was looking for a lefthanded pitcher for next year and didn’t have to go very far to find one. And I think Joey was impressed with SIU’s facilities and has fallen in love with the Southern Illinois area, so I think it’s a great fit for both. We wish him nothing but the best over there next year and hope that he can help get the Salukis rolling again.”

Marciano said it’s nice that he won’t have to worry about the recruiting process next spring.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to pitch at SIU. I know there’s a great tradition of success in baseball there and I am looking forward to being part of it.”

Marciano said he first has some unfinished business to tend to at Logan.

“We want to win a championship. That’s the team’s mentality,” he said. “As for me, I just hope I can put up similar numbers to what I did last spring and help us win games.”