Black Bears Sign Duo From
Defending National Champion UCLA Bruins
PRESS RELEASE: Longview-Kelso, Washington,
Tuesday, February 11, 2014:
The Cowlitz Black Bears announced the signings of two freshmen from the defending national champion UCLA Bruins: outfielder Kort Peterson and pitcher Grant Dyer. The club has also announced that Arkansas State’s Austin Baker (OF, So) and Kansas Jayhawks Brian Poupore (OF, So) have also signed with the team.
Peterson and Dyer join a UCLA team that is coming off of the program’s first national championship, defeating Mississippi State in the final series of the 2013 College World Series Championship Series. The 2014 Bruins are a ranked #12 nationally in Baseball America’s pre-season poll.
The left-handed hitting Peterson was ranked No. 70 on Perfect Game’s list of 2013 high school prospects. As a senior at St. Francis High School (Mountain View, Ca.), he hit .367 with 42 runs scored, five home runs, 22 RBI and 15 stolen bases. Peterson also does it with the glove, posting a perfect fielding percentage during the 2012 and 2013 Seasons. He was ranked by Perfect Game as the third-best outfielder from the State of California.
Dyer posted a 1.24 ERA and 54 strikeouts as a senior at Dana Hills (Ca.) High School, earning first team All-League honors, and being selected as the starting pitcher in the All-Sea View League All-Star Game. The hard throwing right-hander held opponents to a .208 batting average against him, while tossing four complete games. He is competing for the mid-week starter position in the Bruins’ regular season rotation.
Baker, who also hits from the left side, made 28 starts as a freshman at Arkansas State. The Montesano High School product contributed 14 RBI and finished the season tied for second on the team in home runs, including one in his first collegiate at bat.
Poupore, a redshirt sophomore at the University of Kansas, had originally signed with the Black Bears for the 2012 season, but missed the 2012 and 2013 collegiate seasons due to injury. In his first summer back from injury, playing in the Arizona Collegiate League, Poupore hit .393, with 6 doubles, 7 triples and 19 RBI in 26 games.