Walsh Jesuit senior shortstop Ross Brunello has committed to continue his baseball and academic career at Kent State University.
Brunello becomes the second member of the class of 2008 to advance to the collegiate baseball level and the 31st Walsh Jesuit player in the last 12 years to advance to the NCAA Division I level.
The 6-foot, 180-pound Brunello will be a four-year letter winner with the Warriors. Last season, he batted .337 with 24 RBI and five home runs and was named the team's Most Valuable Offensive Player. As a sophomore in 2006, he was an integral member of the Division II state championship team, which was ranked No. 6 in the nation by USA Today. Brunello was honored as a USA Today Player of the Week during the team's state tournament weekend.
"Ross Brunello is one of those rare players who has been able to make a positive impact on our baseball program in each of his four years at Walsh Jesuit," Warriors coach Chris Kaczmar said. "He is a very gifted defensive player with an exceptional amount of hand quickness and ability. He is a fearless, hard-nosed competitor, and he loves the game. Ross is also a very hard worker and a tremendous person and friend whom I will miss dearly when he graduates."