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Bridgeport's Robbins signs with D-I Winthrop

by Chris Vannoy

SPORTS WRITER

BRIDGEPORT -- Catcher Alan Robbins, a key cog in Bridgeport's 2000 state championship run, has signed a national letter of intent to continue his baseball career at NCAA Winthrop University.

Last season, the North Carolina school finished 47-16 and participated in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in six seasons. The Eagles, a Big South Conference member, also finished with a No. 24 final national ranking at the end of the regular season.

"I just went down there for a visit and liked everything they had to offer," Robbins said. "It's a good baseball school."

As a high school sophomore, Robbins batted .349 with 30 RBIs to help lead the Indians to a 27-9 record and the Class AA title.

He also threw out 24 of 51 basestealers from behind the plate.

"Alan should be able to step right in and contribute as a freshman since we will be losing two catchers to graduation," Winthrop coach Joe Hudak said. "He is a hard worker and is an excellent receiver who throws very well. Alan also fills another need for us in that he swings the bat very well from the left side.

"He has been a winner at every level of competition, and he knows what it takes to be successful."

Robbins followed up his sophomore campaign by batting .350 with 27 RBIs last season as BHS went 19-10.

"I have a chance to contribute as a freshman," Robbins said. "What I have to contribute is being a solid catcher who is able to receive and throw the ball.

"Hopefully, I can play with those guys."

For now, though, Robbins has one last goal to fulfill before his high school career is over.

"I'd just like to win another state championship," he said.

Sports writer Chris Vannoy can be reached at 626-1444 or by e-mail at sports@exponent-telegram.com

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