Baker, Knight sign with Arkansas-Little Rock

Baker, Knight sign with Arkansas-Little Rock

Butler sophomores Zach Baker and Cameron Knight recently signed letters of intent to play baseball at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. They will transfer to the school for the upcoming fall semester, playing their first season at UALR in the spring of 2016.

Baker and Knight were part of a 28-man signing class that included 16 junior college players and 12 high school seniors. It is ranked as the No. 59 recruiting class in the country by Perfect Game.

"Behind the plate we have guys that are a balance of defense and offense along with great leadership skills that can play other positions," UALR head coach Chris Curry said. "With our infielders and outfielders, we tried to identify players who were athletic, agile, and strong.  We want to be fast twitch but also able to split a gap when the game calls for it."

Baker, a middle infielder from Andover, played in 56 games last spring and hit .276 with three home runs and 43 runs batted in. Baker scored 34 runs and had 13 doubles, two triples and six stolen bases.

Knight, a catcher from Oklahoma City, Okla., played in 49 games and finished with a .288 average and 23 runs batted in. He scored 29 runs and had nine doubles and seven stolen bases on the season.

Both players will play this spring for a Butler team that has high expectations this spring after winning 35 games and winning their home sub-regional tournament a year ago.