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    Illini Enrich Pitching With Addition Of Gold

    July 27, 2000

    Champaign, Ill. - The University of Illinois baseball team announced today that incoming junior Josh Gold has signed a national letter of intent to pitch for Illinois. Gold, a native of Centerville, Utah, graduated from Southern Idaho Junior College this May and is currently pitching for the San Luis Obispo Blues of the California Coastal summer collegiate league.

    Gold, a 6-3, 195-pound righthander, is 4-4 this summer for the Blues with a 3.10 ERA. He averages 1.5 strikeouts per inning pitched and was recently named to the all-tournament team at the California National Baseball Congress (NBC) Tournament. He was a junior college all-star selection and a three-time all-state pick in high school.

    Gold, who features a fastball in the high 80s complimented by a curve, change-up and slider, will bring needed experience as a starting pitcher to the 2001 Illinois pitching staff that lost ace Jason Anderson to the New York Yankees in the draft earlier this summer, senior Joe Sprengard to graduation and junior Mitch Walk to the San Francisco Giants in a free agent deal.

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