Mankato, MN—The Mankato MoonDogs announced today that they have signed a pair of infielders for the upcoming 2010 season. Sophomores Mike McQuillan (University of Iowa) and Chad Zurcher (University of Memphis) look to sure up the middle infield for the defending 2009 1st Half North Division Northwoods League Champs.
Zurcher, a native of Knoxville, Tennessee is in his third season at the University of Memphis. After starting 52 of a possible 53 games as the everyday shortstop for the Tigers as a true freshman in 2008, Zurcher was forced to redshirt in 2009 due to a shoulder injury.
"Chad is going to be a great addition to our team," said Field Manager Mike Orchard. "He is a top of the order guy that will fit our mold at the shortstop position."
So far in 2010, Zurcher has made the most of his redshirt sophomore campaign. Starting all 24 of the Tigers games so far this season, he currently leads the team with a .422 batting average. Zurcher also possesses tremendous speed, leading the Tigers with 13 stolen bases in 15 tries on the year.
McQuillan, who grew up in Evergreen Park, Illinois, made a strong contribution to the Hawkeyes as a freshman in 2009. He finished the year second on the team, and the leader amongst Iowa freshmen with a .363 batting average. McQuillan hit his stride as his freshman campaign progressed hitting a team-high .431 in Big Ten play.
"Mike is a hard worker. He will be the first person to the field and the last person to leave everyday," Orchard said. "He is a versatile all around good player."
Through 20 games in 2010, McQuillan has started all but one. He has posted a .279 average and he currently leads the Hawkeyes with two home runs and 15 runs batted in.
The Mankato MoonDogs Home Opener is scheduled for Wednesday, June 2 at 7:05 against the Rochester Honkers. Single game tickets will go on sale in early May. Season tickets are now on sale at the new MoonDogs office located 1221 Caledonia Street. For more information visit the MoonDogs website at www.mankatomoondogs.com or call the MoonDogs Office at 507-625-7047.