Montpelier, VT - Northern Vermont University-Lyndon baseball player Jake Jourdain (Becket, MA) has been signed by the Vermont Mountaineers of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. Jourdain, a right handed pitcher, is believed to be the first Hornet player to play in the NECBL.
Jourdain completed his junior season at Lyndon this past spring. He made ten appearances for the Hornets, starting eight times, and compiled a 3-3 record. He posted a 3.65 ERA and struck out 55 batters while walking only 16. He finished third in the North Atlantic Conference in strikeouts and second in strikeouts per nine innings.
The NECBL has become a nationally recognized top-tier summer league that plays in all six New England states and recruits players attending U.S. colleges from New England, the other forty-four States and foreign countries. The League starts its summer season in early June and plays an eight week 42 game per team schedule. The League Championship is determined by a playoff in early August. Each year its top players are scouted and selected in the MLB Draft. Since the league started play in 1994, over 100 players have gone on to play in the Major Leagues, including Stephen Strasburg, Andre Ethier, Joe Nathan and Craig Breslow, and former Mountaineers including AJ Pollock, Darin Mastroianni, and recently, Nick Greenwood and Nick Martinez.
The Vermont Mountaineers have consistently been one of the stronger teams in the NECBL, having missed the playoffs only twice in their history. From 2003-2014, they were in four championship series and won the Fay Vincent Championship trophy twice. Home games are played at historic Montpelier Recreation Field.
Click HERE for the Mountaineers' 2018 schedule.