Derek Eitel Assigned to Class A Visalia; Long Signs Contract

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TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Two members of the 2008, 2009 and 2010 NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament squads from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology continue to make progress in professional baseball.

Derek Eitel set Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology athletic history after being selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 17th round of the Major League Baseball Draft last June.
 
Eitel has been assigned to the Class A Visalia Rawhide of the California League within the Diamondbacks organization.  He will begin the season as a member of the team's starting rotation.  Visalia opens the 2011 season with a home contest on April 7.
 
Eitel worked out with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization during the most recent spring training.  His 2010 season included stops at Missoula, Montana and the team's Class A affiliate team in South Bend.
 
Eitel, the 511th overall selection of approximately 1,500 players that were chosen last spring, became the first Rose-Hulman student-athlete in school history selected in a professional sports draft. 

longKeenan Long, who earned honorable mention All-American honors as Rose-Hulman's catcher last spring, played for the St. George Roadrunners in the Golden League in 2010 and batted .361 in 13 appearances. 

Long later appeared in 10 games for the San Diego Surfdawgs in the Arizona Winter League, batting .423.

He has recently signed a contract with the Rockford Riverhawks and will compete in the Frontier League.

"Rose-Hulman baseball gave me the opportunity to compete nationally at the Division III level. Rose-Hulman not only prepared me for an eventual career in engineering but also cultivated an environment that provided the opportunity to succeed at the professtional level.  I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that my experiences at Rose-Hulman have provided," said Long.