Collin DuBose inks with Mount Olive College
By Rudy Coggins
Published in Sports on June 30, 2012 11:04 PM
A versatile player confident in his abilities, Collin DuBose had no trouble deciding where he'd prefer to continue his collegiate career.
He's leaving one small town to live in another -- Mount Olive.
The Charles B. Aycock alum recently signed a national letter-of-intent to play baseball perennial Division II juggernaut Mount Olive College. DuBose garnered attention from Peach Belt member UNC Pembroke and Southeastern Community College.
"I figured it was a pretty good option for me and I liked everything about it," DuBose said. "When I talked to the coaches, everything they said about it seemed like it suited me pretty good. Coach (Rob) Watt and Coach (Jason) Sherrer are two real good guys and I like playing for them (in Legion ball).
"Mount Olive is a very good program."
Very good, indeed.
The Trojans finished 44-10 overall, won their third consecutive Conference Carolinas regular-season and tournament titles and earned a No. 1 seed for the Southeast Regional.
MOC has won 40-plus games in five of the past six seasons.
Head coach Carl Lancaster plans to use DuBose on the mound. The 5-foot-9, 190-pounder recorded a 6-1 record and fashioned a team-best 0.94 earned run average for the Golden Falcons this spring. He posted 56 strikeouts and walked just six batters in 442/3 innings of work.
DuBose helped lead Aycock to a county-best 21 wins and a runner-up finish against Weddington in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A state championship series.
Lancaster told DuBose he wanted to see improvement in the pitching staff and he was seeking throwers who could eat up some innings, show some effectiveness in tough situations.
"It definitely made me feel good to have a college coach to say that you can help them out. That's a pretty big deal," DuBose said. "That just makes you want to get better and step into that role, maybe get a starting position on a team like that. I'm looking forward to going in there and throwing, which is my favorite thing to do."
DuBose admits he doesn't have blazing velocity in his arsenal that includes a fastball, curveball and change-up. He's comfortable throwing any pitch in any count which keeps opposing hitters guessing in the box.
"I'm not a guy who will throw 92 or 93 (miles per hour), so I have to spot up and get people out with my location, which is something I definitely have to work on," DuBose said. "The biggest thing for me is to get into the weight room, get stronger and faster, which will help me all around. I'm really looking forward to it."
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