Former Winthrop pitcher Alex Wilson has joined the Texas A&M baseball team and is eligible for the upcoming 2008 season, according to Aggies coach Rob Childress.
Wilson, a junior, had successful Tommy John surgery during the past summer and could be available to pitch sometime this spring if his rehabilitation is successful.
Wilson was a two-time first-team All-Big South Conference choice during his two-year stay at Winthrop, posting a 19-7 mark with a 3.21 ERA. In 249 innings, Wilson allowed only 210 hits while striking out 240 batters and holding opposing hitters to a .229 average.
Wilson is one of two NCAA Division I transfers for the Aggies this year. Infielder Phil Carey, Wilson's teammate at Winthrop, is the other.
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Texas A&M, a member of the Big 12 Conference, opens practice on Feb. 1 with its season-opener set for Feb. 22 against Northern Colorado at Olsen Field in College Station, Texas.
• APPALACHIAN STATE: Independence (N.C.) High School running back Rod Chisholm has given a verbal commitment to play for the Mountaineers, three-time defending NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) national champions.
The 5-foot-9, 190-pound Chisholm set a Mecklenburg County record this season with 42 touchdowns. He rushed for 2,496 yards on 339 carries.
Coach Jerry Moore's Mountaineers lose their top running back in senior Kevin Richardson, who rushed for 1,348 yards and scored 16 touchdowns this year.
Verbal commitments are non-binding. National Signing Day is Feb. 6.
• CLEMSON: Left-hander Ryan Hinson, who played at Northwestern, could be the anchor of the Tigers' pitching staff.
The 6-2, 220-pound junior is the team's top returning hurler. He was 6-2 with a 2.74 ERA in 19 appearances last season. Hinson struck out 60 batters in 80 innings.
The Tigers, 41-23 a year ago, are ranked No. 23 in Baseball America's preseason poll. Coach Jack Leggett's team was ranked No. 13 in Collegiate Baseball's preseason poll.
The Tigers, who have made 21 straight NCAA tournament appearances, open the season on Feb. 22 against Mercer at Clemson's Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
• ERSKINE: Former Indian Land basketball standout Jean Marie Harris has seen a lot of playing time for the Lady Fleet as a freshman.
The 5-9 Harris has appeared in all 13 games for coach Maggie Peeler's team. She is averaging 3.9 points and 1.9 rebounds a game. She has started one game for the Fleet, which is 2-11, 2-6 in Conference Carolinas.
• SOUTH CAROLINA: Gamecocks tight end Nick Prochak, a former Spartanburg standout quarterback, suffered a broken left leg in a traffic accident last week in downtown Columbia.
Prochak's scooter was hit by another vehicle. The 6-3, 226-pound Prochak underwent surgery Jan. 18 to insert a metal rod in his left leg.
Prochak is expected to fully recover but will miss spring practice.