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Barleben signs with Ashland University

Contributed Story Posted 20 April 2016 at 12:00 am

Contributed Photo – Genesee Community College sophomore and Albion High graduate Connor Barleben is joined by Cougars baseball head Coach Skip Sherman as he signs a National Letter of Intent to play baseball with Ashland University.

Genesee Community College baseball pitcher and outfielder Connor Barleben has committed to Ashland University, Ohio after signing a National Letter of Intent with the Eagles to continue his academic and athletic career beginning in the fall.

Barleben, an Albion High graduate, has played in 66 games during his season-plus career at GCC and compiled a .354 batting average with 73 total hits, 10 of them homeruns, and 43 runs batted in.

On the mound, the sophomore has made 14 appearances (10 starts), pitching to a 4-7 overall record with 49 strikeouts and a 5.45 earned run average.

Ashland is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II member school and competes in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Association (GLIAC). The Eagles are coached by John Schaly, currently in his 19th season with the program.

So far this spring, Barleben is batting .355 with 22 runs scored, 20 runs batted in, and four homeruns in 30 games. The Cougars are 6-25 overall and 2-4 in Region III play.

Barleben will receive a scholarship to attend Ashland University.