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Brad Brainer becomes Chesapeake's latest D-I signee
UMBC recruit is fourth ’Jack in four years to go D-I

WYE MILLS – It’s becoming almost routine.

Another former Chesapeake College baseball player has earned a scholarship with a Division I baseball program. Second baseman Brad Brainer – the third in a line of siblings to have excelled athletically at Chesapeake College – recently signed a letter of intent with the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Brainer, the fourth Skipjack in four years to sign with a Division I program, said committing to UMBC was like going home.

"Dad went there, my Mom went to Catonsville High, and my grandmother lives two minutes away," said Brainer, who plans to study psychology and pre-physical therapy at UMBC.

Glenn Brainer – Brad’s father and the former head baseball coach at Kent Island High School – said the signing ceremony took place at Chesapeake College Monday rather than at UMBC because of the family’s close connection with Chesapeake.

"It was important to us to have the signing ceremony here," said Glenn Brainer, noting two other children – women’s soccer player Bryanna Brainer and baseball pitcher Bryan Brainer – preceded Brad at Chesapeake.

"The saddest part is that they only have two years at Chesapeake," said Linda Brainer, Brad’s mother. "It’s been a great experience."

"Brad comes from a great Chesapeake College family," noted Skipjacks head baseball coach Frank Szymanski. "He performed at the highest levels both academically and athletically at Chesapeake, and I know he will have similar success at UMBC."

Brainer will join two former Chesapeake College teammates – senior Will Delawter and redshirt junior R.J. Morse – on the UMBC team.

Delawter, an NJCAA all-American at Chesapeake, was named to the America East all-conference first team this spring after leading the Retrievers (13-40) in batting average (.365), hits (62), RBI (38), and on-base percentage (.418). He played first base, the outfield, and pitched for the Retrievers. Morse, an NJCAA Academic All-American at Chesapeake, sat out last year but is expected to pitch for UMBC in 2008.

Brainer, selected to the all-NJCAA Region XX Division I first team as a sophomore, hit .354 with a team-leading 55 runs scored and a school-record 38 stolen bases this past spring. Brainer, who led the entire Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference in steals as a sophomore, set Chesapeake College career records in stolen bases (56) and runs scored (108).

Ironically, Brainer had one of his best games this past season when the Skipjacks played CCBC-Catsonville at UMBC.

"Brad had a double off the fence and then hit a homer," noted Glenn Brainer, who said UMBC coaches were at that game. "I think that sealed the deal right there."

Photo caption: Former Chesapeake College second baseman Brad Brainer, right front, signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Maryland Baltimore County Monday at Chesapeake College. Also pictured are Chesapeake College Athletic Director/Head Baseball Coach Frank Szymanski, left front, and Brad’s parents, Glenn and Linda Brainer. (Photo by Marcie Molloy)

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