Northrop baseball player Colin Brockhouse committed to Ball State on Monday, Bruins coach Matt Brumbaugh confirmed.
Brockhouse, a senior-to-be, chose the Cardinals because of his relationship with coach Rich Maloney and his staff. The infielder hopes to help Ball State continue to rebuild after a 31-24 season and 15-12 showing in conference during 2013.
"I think he's real comfortable with the decision," Brumbaugh said. "It was a good fit. I think Mom and Dad are pleased with the fact that he's gonna be able to play games in front of them, where they're within traveling distance. It just seems like coach Maloney's got things going in the right direction down there at Ball State."
Assistant coach Todd Linklater played a significant role for Brockhouse. The Cardinals will use him as an infielder for the most part, although Ball State's staff said he might see some time as a relief pitcher, as well.
Brockhouse's ability at the plate is too valuable for him to fill any more significant role as a pitcher.
"They want him to be a position guy first," Brumbaugh said. "When he hits the ball, compared to a lot of high school hitters, it's a different sound off the bat. He's a relentless worker. He's got a great attitude."
With a year left at Northrop, Brumbaugh said he will work with Brockhouse to improve his defensive abilities and agility. He will also work on making Brockhouse into more of a utility player in the infield who can fill in wherever the Cardinals might need him.
"Every day, he goes out and he works," Brumbaugh said. "When your best player is your hardest worker, things can only be good for your program. That's what he's done for us, and I think that's what he'll do for Ball State.
"I'm just proud that he's part of our program."
Just spoke to Brockhouse, who said he gave his commitment to Maloney on Friday, but news of it had not leaked out until now. He confirmed the staff is looking at him as both a relief pitcher and a third baseman or shortstop.
Brockhouse was excited about his pledge, and had been recruited by a number of Mid-American Conference and Big Ten schools before committing to BSU.
"I really like the coaches," Brockhouse said. "I feel like they can get me to the next level, which has been my dream since I was about four years old."
This is the first step toward that dream for the Bruin, who said the staff in Muncie can make him "10 times better" if he keeps his strong work ethic.
He also appreciates the opportunity to both pitch and play the field.
"It's rare," he said. "Since I got the chance, I'm gonna give it my all. I'm pretty excited about it, the fact that I can still do both, because I love to hit and I love to pitch."