Owls to bring back Sutton for 2013

Nov. 10, 2012 @ 05:22 AM

FOREST CITY — Capitalizing on the success from the 2012 season, the Forest City Owls have added one returner from last season along with three of his college teammates.

Outfielder T.J. Sutton will return to the Owls for the 2013 season as will Owls' newcomers Spencer Bryant, Jeff Revesz and Derek Toadvine.

Last season the Golden Flashes went 47-20 overall and reached the 2012 College World Series before falling to South Carolina in the Bracket 2 Elimination Game. Along the way Kent State would topple some of the top programs in the country, including Kentucky, Oregon, Purdue and Florida. They return most of their roster this season.

Last season, for the Owls, Sutton started 24 games and hit .253 with seven RBI. He also had a perfect 1.000 field percentage and a knack for hitting in the clutch, including a game winning walk-off single in just his third game with the team. As a junior this year, this will be his last eligible season in the Coastal Plain League.

four guys this summer," said first year Owls head coach David Tufo. "We are welcoming back T.J. Sutton who did great things for the Owls last year.

Bryant is a 6-foot-2 and 185-pound sophomore who made nine appearances in 2011 for Kent State. He went 1-0 with a 4.30 ERA and struck out eight in 14.2 innings pitched. That season he also played his summer ball for the Lorain County Ironmen of the Prospect League where he made 19 appearances as a relief pitcher. He did not pitch in 2012 for Kent State.

The 5-10 and 180 pound Revesz will join a talented catchers group in Forest City. A native of Grove City, Penn., he hit 11 home runs as a senior and owns his schools record for career home runs. Last season as a freshman he played in spot duty and hit .265 with two doubles and six RBI in 34 appearances at the plate.

Toadvine won the starting 2B job as a freshman and went on to start 61 of 62 games for the Golden Flashes. He would finish the season hitting .280 with six doubles, two triples and 25 RBI, including a 14 game hitting streak. Last season as a sophomore he started 60 out of 63 games and hit .244 with five doubles and 15 RBI. He also swiped eight bases and was third on the team with 20 walks.

"Having Bryant on the mound gives us depth, Revesz's catching and his bat give us a strong backstop, and Toadvine gives us solid defense and a good bat in the middle infield," Tufo said. "Kent State is a great program and we are fortunate to be calling these players Owls."