Jared Cheek will be pitching for the Bulldogs in 2014.
May 2, 2013
ATHENS-----Junior college pitcher Jared Cheek will be transferring to the University of Georgia and joining the Bulldog baseball program for the 2014 season, head coach David Perno announced Thursday.
Cheek, a 5-11, 175-pound native of Athens, Ga., is a sophomore right-handed pitcher at Florence-Darlington Technical College in Florence, S.C. He posted a 5-4 mark and 2.75 ERA for the Stingers and coach Preston McDonald. Cheek earned the Top Pitcher Award after tallying 59 innings pitched with 58 strikeouts and 21 walks for the Stingers who went 27-25. This past summer, he was the top reliever for the Glens Falls (N.Y.) Golden Eagles in the Perfect Game Collegiate League. He went 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA and a team-high six saves in 18 appearances. He pitched 29.1 innings with 10 walks and 34 strikeouts, holding opponents to a .212 average.
“We are excited to have Jared returning home to join the Bulldogs after we recruited him out of high school,” said Perno. “He is a good student who has done well at junior college. He will be a good addition to the program and will help our pitching staff.”
Cheek signed with Georgia Southern in 2011 and spent his freshman year with the Eagles as they went 33-27. He made 16 appearances, going 0-1 with a 5.23 ERA in 20.2 innings pitched for coach Rodney Hennon’s Eagles.
Cheek is a 2011 graduate of Morgan County High School where he concluded his prep career after attending Oconee County Schools through the 10th grade. He was a two-way standout as a pitcher/catcher for Bulldog coach Brandon Patch. An All-Region selection, he earned the Best Pitcher and Best Hitter Award at MCHS, batting .462-4-33 as a senior and registering 80 strikeouts on the mound. He helped the Bulldogs to 20-win seasons in his final two years. His honors include being named to the 2012 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League All-Star All-Region first team and Top 20 Prospect list, the 2011 Under Armour All-Time Dedication Award winner and Preseason All-American and a 2011 Rawlings Top Prospect.
The son of David and Jeannie Cheek, Jared has two older brothers, Ryan and Josh.