Good news for the Murray State College Aggies continues into the off-season. Left-handed pitcher Hunter Raley has signed on to play with the University of Oklahoma Sooners next school year.
“It’s exciting,” says MSC Head Baseball Coach Zach Crabtree. “It’s our second guy in two years to send to the University of Oklahoma. It speaks volumes of our program, and it tells the caliber of student athletes that we’re getting here. I’m just proud to be helping them along in the process.”
Raley is a graduate of Plano Senior High School where he played for three years under Coach Rick Robertson. As a Wildcat, Raley was named to the Academic All-State, and the 5A All-District teams. He is the son of Billy and Stacy Raley and the grandson of Emmie and Rick Rickards of Fairview, Texas and Barbara and Bill Raley of Plano.
In his freshman season as an Aggie, Raley had a record of 11 wins and 5 losses. He recorded 93 strikeouts in 95.2 innings pitched and ended the season with a 2.87 ERA. Raley was a workhorse for the Aggies in the postseason, going 4-0 in the playoffs. His hard work paid off when, as a member of the NJCAA National Championship team, he was named the Most Valuable Pitcher of the NJCAA Division II College World Series.
Raley says he’s looking forward to heading to Norman.
“It’s a great feeling to know that I’ll be close enough to home for my family to come and watch me,” says Raley. “I want to thank my parents for their support through the years. I love them very much. Knowing that I’ll be playing for one of the best programs in America…it’s a pretty awesome feeling.”
Raley won’t be playing for Coach Pete Hughes and the Sooners until next fall. He has one more season as an Aggie, and should be a staple for in the bullpen again this spring.
“He’s real competitive he knows what he wants to do and his task at hand,” says Associate Head Coach Lloyd Gage. “He’s going to try to get in and out of innings in as few pitches as possible. He’s going to pound the strike zone and give our offense the best chance to win.”
Raley will graduate from MSC in the spring with an Associate of Science degree. He plans to continue on to study mechanical engineering at OU.