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Needham Jones & Jesse Schoendienst Drafted

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
Release: June 08, 2005
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June 8, 2005

ATT: Sports June 8, 2005


NORFOLK, VA--Junior shortstop Jesse Schoendienst (Belcamp, Md.) And lefthanded pitcher Needham Jones (Portsmouth, VA.) were selected in the 2005 Major League Baseball draft Wednesday. Schoendiest in the 40th round by St. Louis, Jones in the 36th round by the Chicago Cubs. They joine James Burok (Archbald, PA.) who was selected in the eighth round Tuesday by Colorado.

Jones, a rising junior because he spent two years on a Mormon Mission in 2003 & 04 had the lowest earned run average on the team at 3.55. The 5-11 lefthander (Wilson HS) was 1-5 with 22 appearances, fanning 31 batters in 38 innings.

The 5-11 Schoendienst hit .276 in 49 games with 48 starts for ODU. He hit Two homers, with three doubles and one triple. He scored 23 times and stole five bases in five attempts. Baseball Hall of Famer and former St. Louis Cardinal manager Red Schoendienst is his Great Uncle.

One of ODU's recruits for the upcoming 2006 season, Anthony Shawler from Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, VA. was selected in the 45th round by the Washington Nationals. The 6-2 Shawler compiled a 2.36 ERA with 96 strikeouts. He pitched a five inning no-hitter and hit .418 with five home runs and 28 RBI's.


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