PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences baseball team has two of the top-11 incoming freshman in NCAA Division II Baseball according to Perfect Game. Thomas Webster was listed as the No. 5 freshman by the respected organization, while Hiro Mizutani was rated No. 11.
USciences was one of just four teams in all of Division II with two representatives on the list, along with Georgia College, Nova Southeastern and UC San Diego.
Notably, Webster, Mizutani and Michael Gutierrez of Felician were the three representatives from the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC).
Webster and Mizutani are both Perfect Game Underclassmen All-Americans, with Webster earning the accolade in 2016 and Mizutani from 2015-17.
Webster was a top-500 prospect and the third-ranked RHP in Nebraska as he was named a Perfect Game Central Region All-American in 2017. In addition to playing baseball at Omaha Gross Catholic, he was also a standout performer in tennis and swimming. He was a member of the Nebraska Sluggers.
Mizutani was also a top-500 prospect and a Northeast Region All-American, as well as a top-35 prospect in New Jersey playing for St. Joseph's, who he helped lead to a top-five ranking in the state. He also had a successful career for Tri-State Arsenal, who he helped lead to a Super 25 Championship as well as the World Wood Bat Championship.
The University of the Sciences baseball has improved its win total in each of Head Coach Kevin Woodbridge's first three seasons, including winning 13 games in 2017 for its most victories since winning 14 games in 2013. The Devils' six Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) wins in 2017 were tied for its most since winning eight in 2012.
USciences opens its 2018 season with a doubleheader against Le Moyne in Holy Springs, N.C. on Saturday, Feb. 17.