Yesterday evening, on National Signing Day, seniors Joe Wozny and Jack Carr inked their Letters of Intent to play baseball at the collegiate level. The fellow pitchers will be the first Bears to play baseball at the Division I level since Lyndsey Simmons ’00 earned All-Big 12 honors at Oklahoma State in 2003.
Wozny is headed to the University of Connecticut and one of the strongest baseball programs in the northeast. The Huskies earned a berth in last year’s American Athletic Conference Championship and have been to three of the last four NCAA Tournaments. Dozens of Huskies have gone on to the major leagues, most notably current Astros outfielder George Springer. Since Wozny’s freshman season in 2017, the big right-hander has been the catalyst of the team. In 2018 he garnered All-State honors thanks to 5 wins and a school record 121 strikeouts, leading the Bears to their first postseason berth since 1999. Last year, his 4 wins and career-high .424 batting average powered the Brook to an undefeated League Championship season, the first team title in twenty years. For his career he has 12 wins, 240 strikeouts in 120 innings, 67 hits, and 66 RBIs.
Carr is in his first year with the Bears after transferring from perennial power Archbishop Molloy where as a junior he was 7-0 with a 1.26 ERA to go along with 41 strikeouts in 48 innings of work. Those impressive marks earned him a nod on the CHSAA Class AA Second Team. The 5′ 10″ righty is headed across the street to Stony Brook University and a program that has been a mainstay near the top of the America East Conference for over a decade. Since 2004, Stony Brook has garnered six tournament titles, including the 2019 crown, tied for the most in conference history. In 2012 the program rocketed into the national consciousness when they made a magical run to the College World Series. 28 Seawolves have been drafted into the MLB and three currently play on major league rosters with the Mets, Angels, and Padres.
Wozny and Carr form the core of a menacing pitching lineup that will face some of the strongest programs on the east coast this spring, including nationally-ranked IMG Academy in a late March tournament.