Huntington University announced that Oak Hill High School graduate, Brad Needler, has committed to play baseball at HU this fall. During his senior campaign, Needler hit .343 with seven homeruns, 27 RBI and 14 stolen bases while helping lead the Golden Eagles to the Semi-State Tournament. His performance also earned him First Team All-State honors. For his career, he hit .368 with 15 home runs, 69 RBI, and 19 stolen bases.
“We are very happy that Brad has decided to attend HU,” says head baseball coach Mike Frame. “We think he has a chance to be a very solid hitter at the college level. He is a great addition to another good recruiting class. We are not sure where he will land defensively, but he can definitely make a contribution at the plate. He is athletic enough to play a couple different positions. Brad is also a great student and a fine young man. We are very happy that he will be on campus this fall.”
Huntington University is a member of the Mid Central Conference (MCC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). On the baseball field HU has captured the MCC regular season championship or conference tournament championship 26 times in 46 years. The Foresters have also had eight former players go on to careers in professional baseball, including Heath Luther with the Anaheim Angels in 2001 and Greg Slee with the Seattle Mariners in 2004.
Brad is the son of Roger and Ruth Ellen Needler of Marion, IN.