HONOLULU – (Hawaii Athletics) University of Hawai‘i head baseball coach Mike Trapasso announced the signing of four junior college transfers for the 2013 season. JC all-Americans Adam Hurley and Marc Flores, along with infielders Jerry Kleman and Austin Wobrock will be playing for UH next year.
"We're happy to have filled our offensive needs, particularly some left-handed offense," said Trapasso, who just finished his 11th season at the helm of the Rainbows. "All these players fill needs we have on the team and we look forward to working with them."
Hurley comes to Hawai‘i after two seasons at Rio Hondo College in California. This past season, he ranked in the conference's Top 5 in five major offensive categories, and led his team to a perfect 24-0 league record and 40-5 overall mark. He packed power from the left side this past season where he led the league in homeruns (10) and slugging percentage (.619), and finished second in doubles (16).
Flores played two seasons at Hartnell College as a first baseman. This past season he batted .329 with 34 RBI, 10 stolen bases, nine doubles and was second in the league with eight home runs. He earned first team all-conference honors before being tabbed a junior college all-American along with Hurley.
Kleman joins UH after playing his freshman year at the University of Indiana and last season at South Mountain Community College in Arizona. In his one season playing in the infield at SMCC, he led the team in RBI (39) and extra-base hits (21), and was second on the team with a .366 batting average.
Wobrock played two seasons at Orange Coast College before transferring to UH, helping the Pirates win their first outright Orange Empire Conference title since 1987. He hit .250 in 72 at-bats, appearing in 30 games. He had three runs batted in and two stolen bases.
The Rainbows concluded the 2012 season with a pair of losses at the Western Athletic Conference Tournament and posted a 30-25 overall record.