Dec. 14, 2012
CINCINNATI — Head coach Brian Cleary announced Friday that University of Michigan outfielder Will Drake has transferred to the University of Cincinnati and will be eligible to play for the Bearcats in the 2014 season.
Drake, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound sophomore from Fairfield, Ohio, will begin taking classes at UC and practicing with the UC baseball team in January.
“We recruited Will out of high school and were disappointed not to get him then,” said Cleary. “However, I am thrilled that we are able to have him join our program now as I feel strongly about him as a player and as a student. Will is the fastest player we’ve added to our program since Tony Campana and look for him to have that type of impact on our lineup beginning in 2014.”
Drake, who missed the final 22 games of 2012 due to injury, was one of the top freshmen in the Big Ten Conference last year. Prior to injury, he ranked second in the Big Ten in triples (4) and tied for seventh in steals (10). He was the first Wolverine since 2009 to have six hits in a game after going 6 for 6 with two triples and two doubles in a win over Chicago State on March 3.
In 40 games played in 2012, which included 37 starts, Drake hit .293 with 27 runs scored, eight doubles, four triples and 22 RBIs. He ended the season with 12 multi-hit games and five multi-RBI performances.
Prior to attending Michigan, Drake was a two-year varsity letterwinner at Fairfield High School, where he twice earned all-Greater Miami Conference first-team and all-Butler County first-team honors in 2010 and 2011. Additionally, he earned a Rawlings/Perfect Game All-America honorable mention in 2011 and a Mizuno All-Ohio nod, while ranking 12th on the Buckeye Scout top 100 as a senior.