VINCENNES, Ind. - Four Vincennes University baseball players have
committed to teams at the next level.
Outfielder Tyler Estes is headed to play for NCAA Division I Western
Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois.
"Tyler has been a two-year contributor here in VU baseball
program,” VU Baseball Coach Chris Barney said. “As a freshman, he
played left field and center field, and hit in the top of the batting
order. This season, he earned the center fielder position and hit
fourth or fifth in the lineup all year. Western Illinois University
and Head Coach Ryan Brownlee is getting a versatile outfielder who
will hit for them"
Estes was one of the Trailblazers’ leading hitters with a team-high
.331 batting average. He produced 20 RBIs and scored 27 runs.
“It’s a Division I school and I’ve always wanted to play at the
highest level,” Estes said. “They gave me an opportunity so I’m happy.”
Estes should also benefit professionally from attending WIU, which
has one of the top criminal justice/public safety programs in the country.
“I’m doing fire science and they are one of the few schools who have
a fire science program,” he said.
Infielder/pitcher Brian Campbell is off to NCAA Division III Spalding
University, which is located in Louisville, Kentucky.
“It is taking me back to my home area and they’re a really good
program,” he said. “They are ranked right now. I look forward to
competing for some national championships.”
His hometown of Sellersburg, Indiana is just a short distance from
Louisville. He’ll have an opportunity to play in front of family and
"Brian has worked and earned himself the second base position in
our everyday lineup,” Barney said. “He is a versatile hitter who you
bunt or hit and run with hitting from the left side as well as give
you solid glove work at second base. Spalding University is getting a
complete player who understands the game."
Campbell drove in 14 runs, hit .252 and scored 23 runs for VU as a sophomore.
Infielder/pitcher Walker Paris and infielder/pitcher Isaiah Davis are
moving on to NAIA programs.
Paris will play next for Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky.
“I actually played for the pitching coach last summer,” he said.
“They liked how I played and showed a lot of interest.”
Paris capped off his sophomore season by earning a spot on the
Mid-West Athletic Conference all-conference second team. He produced a
team-leading .88 earned run average in 30.2 innings pitched. He earned
four saves. He struck out 20 batters, walked 10 and gave up 25 hits in
He ranked second on the team in RBIs with 31. His .301 batting
average ranked fourth. He hit eight doubles, one triple and a home
run. He also scored the second most runs with 13.
“Walker has anchored the three-hole in the baseball line up at
Vincennes University for the past two seasons and was our most
consistent reliever on the mound this season,” Barney said. “He has
started at third base and right field throughout the season. Asbury
University is getting a multi-talented person who will do well in the
classroom and on the field for them."
Davis is on to Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri.
“I felt like it was a good fit to finish my academic career in
exercise science and the baseball program is very good,” Davis said.
Davis tallied 19 RBIs, stole 11 bases and hit .241 for the
Trailblazers this spring.
He pitched 22.1 innings and had an 8.46 ERA. He gave up 28 hits and
struck out 19.
“Isaiah has been a two-year contributor here at VU,” Barney said. “He
is a versatile player who has played second base and left field this
season as well as pitched on the mound. He was our leadoff hitter most
of the season. He brings energy and a smile to the ball park every
day. Central Methodist University is adding a player who can
contribute off the mound and at the plate for them."
Vincennes University Newsroom
MARCIA MARTINEZ, Sports Information Director & University
812-888-4164 office, 314-599-1519 cell,
VINCENNES UNIVERSITY, Department of University Relations, www.vinu.edu/newsroom