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Baseball standout inks with UNC-G

Former Halifax County High School baseball standout Tyler Long, after having completed a successful two-year stint at Louisburg (N.C.) Junior College, has signed to play baseball at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.


Long committed to the UNC-G Spartans three weeks ago and officially signed Wednesday.

At UNC-G Long will play under new head coach Link Jarrett, who was hired by UNC-G this past summer to take over the reigns of the Spartans baseball program. Jarrett is a two-time Assistant Coach of the Year award winner and has 13 years of coaching experience that includes stops at Florida State, East Carolina and Auburn.

The Spartans finished their 2012 season with a 25-27 overall record and a 10-20 record in Southern Conference play.

All three outfield positions are open at UNC-G for the coming season, and Long will compete for a starting nod in the outfield as well as have a possibility at seeing action as a pitcher.

Long had a solid season at Louisburg (N.C.) Junior College, batting .346, scoring 32 runs and tallying 30 RBIs. His on-base percentage was .440. He stole 10 bases and had a steal percentage of 76.92 percent.

The former Comets standout was also solid in the outfield with a .988 fielding percentage.

Louisburg (N.C.) Junior College, a two-year school, had one of the country’s top-ranked NJCAA teams this past season.