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PHCC teammates land scholarships


© St. Petersburg Times, published April 19, 2001

NEW PORT RICHEY -- Pasco-Hernando Community College pitcher Joel Sayre accepted a partial scholarship Saturday to Georgia College and State University.

PHCC teammate Dave Gariepy is next.

Gariepy expects to receive a partial scholarship offer in the mail from Lynn University and plans to sign with the Division II school in Boca Raton as soon as it comes.

"It's a big sigh of relief," said Sayre, who has learned to concentrate on his pitching in two seasons with the Conquistadors.

Sayre, a 6-foot-3 right-hander, leads PHCC with 82 strikeouts, 12 starts and 981/3 innings pitched. The former River Ridge pitcher is 3-4 with a 3.39 ERA.

"In this league, if you make a mistake it's either a home run or an extra-base hit," said Sayre, adding that playing for PHCC "helped me get a little more control on my pitches."

Gariepy, a centerfielder from Ridgewood, batted .260 as a freshman but now leads PHCC in six offensive categories.

"My freshman year, college pitchers owned me," Gariepy said. "I had trouble hitting the breaking ball."

This season, Gariepy is hitting .318 with 4 home runs and 20 RBI. He leads PHCC in runs (44), hits (56), doubles (13), slugging percentage (.494), total bases (87) and stolen bases (20).

"He's a real good athlete and he's got a lot of talent," Lynn assistant coach Tim DeVinney said.

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