Jackrabbit baseball adds two JUCO transfers

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BROOKINGS – South Dakota State head baseball coach Rob Bishop announced that two junior college standouts recently committed to the Jackrabbit baseball program and will enroll in classes next month.

Joining the Jackrabbits for the 2018 season are left-handed pitcher Korey Kuhlmann and infielder Josh Kutzke.

A native of Ute, Iowa, Kuhlmann played two seasons at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, where he was a member of the Reivers' JUCO World Series team in 2016. He compiled a 7-3 career record, posting a 5-3 record in 12 starts as a freshman before going 2-0 out of the bullpen in 2017, striking out 20 batters in 21 2/3 innings.

Previously, Kuhlmann earned all-state honors in both baseball and basketball at Maple Valley Anthon-Oto High School. As a prep senior, he posted a 9-3 record with a 0.61 earned run average as he struck out 181 batters in 80 innings.

Kuhlmann plans to major in sports, recreation and park management.

Kutzke comes to SDSU from Walla Walla Community College in Washington, where he was a second-team all-Northwest Athletic Conference East Region selection this past spring. A right-handed-hitting corner infielder, he batted .310 with 16 doubles, two home runs and 31 runs batted in during the 2017 season.

Kutzke graduated from Kennewick (Wash.) High School in 2015 and will pursue a degree in graphic design at SDSU.

Kuhlmann and Kutzke join a 2017 recruiting class that includes seven student-athletes - four high school standouts and three other junior college transfers - who previously signed a National Letter of Intent.

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