June 5, 2008
ORLANDO, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - On day one of the MLB First-Year Player Draft, the UCF baseball program witnessed one of its signees for the 2009 season be selected in the fourth round Thursday. Lakeland native Graham Hicks was taken with the 121st pick by the Washington Nationals after the left-handed pitcher starred for George Jenkins High School.
Hicks helped the Eagles advance to the Florida Class 5A regional semifinals this season after posting a three-hit shutout vs. Daytona Beach Seabreeze in the quarterfinals. In the 2-0 win, the lefty struck out 13 as George Jenkins finished with a 19-8 record in 2008.
Last year, Hicks guided his high school squad to the 2007 district title and the regional semis. He won seven games and was named a Class 5A all-state honorable mention. In AAU ball, Hicks was a member of a Chet Lemon's Juice program that won the 2007 World Wood Bat Assocation 18U National Championship. During the tournament, Hicks tossed six shutout innings in a semifinal victory.
Day two of the draft gets underway Friday morning.
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