Honkers Add South Dakota State Pitcher
(Rochester, Minn)– The Rochester Honkers Baseball Club announced today the signing of Chad Hodges, a right-handed pitcher from South Dakota State in Brookings, S.D.
Hodges is a 6-foot-4, 230-pound junior from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. He is currently 2-1 with a 3.44 ERA in his first three starts. Hodges has tossed 18.1 innings allowing only seven earned runs while striking out 12. He pitched a complete game (seven innings) in the second game of a doubleheader versus Alabama A&M on Feb. 22. Hodges gave up 1 run, (unearned) and struck out eight in a 2-1 victory for the Jackrabbits. For his efforts he was awarded Summit League Pitcher of the Week honors.
This past summer Hodges pitched for the Humboldt (Calif.) Crabs of the Far West Summer Collegiate League. He posted a 7-0 record with a 2.46 ERA and was named the Horizon Air Summer Series Pitcher of the Year.
As a sophomore, Hodges was used primarily out of the bullpen. He finished 3-2 with a 4.76 ERA, making 16 total appearances with two starts. Hodges logged 28.1 innings, struck out 18 and held opponents to a .279 batting average against.
Prior to South Dakota State, Hodges played for Team Alberta in the 2010 Canada Cup, compiling a 1-0 record with a 1.31 ERA in two appearances en route to a bronze-medal finish.
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