FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Lance Hershberger, head baseball coach at Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne, would like to announce the commitment of two of his sophomore Titan baseball players, Drew Buffenbarger, and Zach Haefer, to continue their academic & baseball careers at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan for the 2019-20 school year / season, after completing their junior college careers at Ivy Tech this coming spring 2019.
Drew and Zach are the first two four-year school recruits in the history of the Ivy Tech Baseball Program to receive athletic scholarships to continue their careers at the four-year school level!
Drew Buffenbarger is a sophomore right-handed pitcher from Churubusco, IN where he participated in baseball at the high school level for Churubusco HS. Last year as a freshman at Ivy Tech, Drew served at the Titans “closer” on the mound, and also played 3rd base. He made 13 appearances, had a 0-0 won-lost record, and led the team in saves with 5. He is a power pitcher who averaged over a strikeout an inning, and throws in the upper 80’s – to low 90’s MPH. Drew also hit .263, with 11 doubles, 2 home runs, and 35 RBI’s. He will be a pitcher only this season and at Davenport. In addition, Drew served as a co-captain of the 2018 team.
Drew is the son of Ashley Johnson, and Jared Neal
He majored in Business at Ivy Tech, and will major in Business at Davenport University, as well.
Drew’s high school baseball coach at Churubusco HS was Mark Grove and Jason Pierce
Coach Hershberger at Ivy Tech CC – Fort Wayne had this to say about Drew Buffenbarger:
“I am very happy and excited for Drew as he makes this commitment to continue his athletic and academic career. Davenport is a great school, and has an outstanding baseball program. Coach Tidey is one of the best around. Drew was instrumental in the initial success of our program here at Ivy Tech. His leadership as a team captain of our first team has been invaluable. I am also excited to see Drew just concentrate on pitching this year. He has a great arm and with his specializing in pitching only, and with the additional coaching he will receive from Coach Tidey and his staff at Davenport once he gets there, I believe the sky is the limit!”
Coach Kevin Tidey at Davenport University had this to say about Drew Buffenbarger:
Zach Haefer is a sophomore right-handed pitcher from Kendallville, IN where he participated in high school baseball for East Noble HS. Last year as a freshman at Ivy Tech, he served as one of the starting pitchers for the Titans, as well as, playing the outfield and DH’ing, too. On the mound Zach had a 4-5 won-lost record, threw 49 innings, giving up 42 hits, had 35 strikeouts, and a 3.86 ERA. He also hit .321 with 42 total hits, 35 runs scored, 5 doubles, 1 home run, 26 RBI’s, and 20 SB. Zach was named the MVP of the first Ivy Tech Baseball Team for his work on the mound and his clutch hitting. Zach will be a pitcher only this season and at Davenport.
Zach is the son of Tammy & Brent Smith
He majored in Business Management at Ivy Tech, and will major in Business Management at Davenport University, as well.
Zach’s high school baseball coach at East Noble HS was Aaron Desmonds.
Coach Hershberger at Ivy Tech CC – Fort Wayne had this to say about Zach Haefer:
“Zach is a tremendous competitor on the mound. The moment is never too big for him as evidenced by his 2 walk-off hits as an offensive player, as well as his 3 complete games on the mound. He gives you everything he has all of the time. Zach was the first MVP for our first team at Ivy Tech, which speaks for itself as to his value to the team. While not a power pitcher (low 80’s guy), Zach’s arm angle, movement, and competitiveness make him special. He will do well at Davenport, and I am very excited for him, too, and what Davenport, Coach Tidey, and his staff will do to enhance Zach’s pitching. Zach will concentrate on pitching only this year at Ivy Tech, and at Davenport, as well.”
Coach Kevin Tidey at Davenport University had this to say about Zach Haefer:
Ivy Tech is a two-year community college located in Fort Wayne, IN. They finished 25-18 in their first season of competition in the NJCAA in 2018, hi-lighted by a win over the #2 team nationally. This year the Titans are eligible to participate in post-season play.
Davenport University is a four-year university located in Grand Rapids, MI. They have a great tradition in Baseball having participated in the 2015 NAIA World Series, and routinely regional qualifiers. They have sent numerous players to professional baseball. Davenport recently moved from NAIA to NCAA Division II. They have not skipped a beat, going 43-17 in 2018.