Walsh Jesuit left-handed pitcher David Starn, 18, has made a commitment to continue his academic and baseball career at Kent State University.
Starn, 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, was a three-year lettermen for Walsh Jesuit and helped the Warriors win Division II state titles in 2006 and 2008. He earned wins in both the state semifinal and final games and allowed no runs — earned or unearned — during the entire 2008 state tournament.
Starn compiled a 10-1 record this season and had a 1.60 ERA in 57 innings pitched. He struck out 68 and held opponents to a .167 batting average when he pitched.
"David Starn has truly been a tremendous brother to his teammates and a son to the staff for four
years," Walsh Jesuit head baseball coach Chris Kaczmar said in a press release. "I couldn't be more proud of what David has accomplished during this time in terms of his commitment to the team, to the game of baseball, and to his family — both at home and at Walsh Jesuit."
Starn's win total in 2008 is the second most during a single-season in Walsh Jesuit baseball history. Patrick O'Brien went 11-1 and helped the Warriors win the 1999 Division II state championship prior to playing in the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system. Chad Rodgers (Atlanta Braves minor leaguer) and Bobby Simone (University of Akron) are also high on that list after excellent 2006 seasons.
Starn, a Hudson native, is undecided on his major at Kent State. He earned first-team Cuyahoga River Valley Conference honors and the ESPN Pitcher of the Week award after the state tournament. He was also named Walsh Jesuit’s pitcher of the year for 2008 and shared the team's MVP honors.
"He is an extremely talented player who combines an infectious smile with a strong and accurate arm, a smooth delivery, pinpoint accuracy, and a perfect balance of competitiveness, intensity and composure," Kacamar said. "Above all, David is a fine young man who will have a place in our history books and our hearts forever."
Starn is the sixth member of Walsh Jesuit's class of 2008 to commit to play collegiate baseball and the 32nd Walsh Jesuit baseball player in the past 13 years to advance to the NCAA Division I level. Warriors 2008 seniors Ross Brunello and Brannon Belair are also headed to Kent State to play baseball.