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Glazer picks Charleston

November 12, 2009|By DAN KAUFFMAN

CLEAR SPRING -- Give Clear Spring baseball star Brandon Glazer credit for being honest. When asked why he chose to sign to play at Division I College of Charleston in South Carolina, one of the first reasons he gave had nothing to do with baseball.

"I heard the female-to-male ratio is 3:1 and that opened my eyes," Glazer said.

Glazer's play on the diamond opened the Cougars' eyes -- and that's saying something. The College of Charleston won Southern Conference championships in four straight years from 2004-07.

"I like the baseball complex and the coaching staff," Glazer said. "They have a pretty young coaching staff and they connected with me."

The numbers Glazer produced in his junior season last spring would open anyone's eyes. He hit .508 with 11 doubles, two home runs, 23 RBIs, 22 runs scored, 15 walks and 14 steals, all while playing solid defensively at shortstop.

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Oh, Glazer can pitch, too -- in his Blazers career, he's 5-1 with five saves and a 1.30 ERA.

"When he was in Little League, you could tell he was a natural athlete," Clear Spring coach Mark Shives said. "He has a tenacious work ethic. To get to the next level, good athletes have to do the work, and he's the last guy to leave practice every night."

"When I first got (to Clear Spring), the first thing Mark worked on with me was my footwork," Glazer said. "Then we worked on my arm slot and mechanics and went from there."

Glazer expects to compete for time at shortstop, and also has been told he may be used as a closer by the Cougars.

One thing's for sure: The College of Charleston is getting a top-notch competitor.

"I'm pretty determined," Glazer said. "I don't like losing."

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