Andrew Parker, Mike Volpe Sign With Atlanta Braves
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 06/16/2013

ATLANTA, Ga. – Senior catcher Andrew Parker and senior pitcher Mike Volpe of Towson University have signed free agent contracts with the Atlanta Braves and will be assigned to one of the Braves’ minor league affiliates.

Parker and Volpe led the Tigers to their first Colonial Athletic Association championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2013.

A three-year starter at catcher for the Tigers, Parker was honored as the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. He finished the season with a .989 fielding percentage and threw out 26 of 54 base runners trying to steal against him.

A second team All-CAA selection for the second time in his career, Parker batted .269 with a .436 on-base percentage. He scored 43 runs in 56 games and had 17 doubles, 11 home runs and 39 runs batted in. He earned all-tournament honors at the CAA Championship by batting .538 with three doubles, two home runs and six runs batted in. Parker also had a .632 on-base percentage in the tournament. At the NCAA regional tournament, he led the Tigers to their 7-2 win over Florida Atlantic with a monstrous three-run homer in the sixth inning.

Parker finished his career with a .261 batting average, 105 runs scored, 49 doubles, two triples, 23 home runs and 118 runs batted in.

Volpe enjoyed an outstanding senior season for the Tigers as he posted a 10-3 record with 2.59 E.R.A. In 16 games, he pitched 102.2 innings and allowed 41 earned runs. He issued 35 walks and had 76 strikeouts.

At the CAA Tournament, he compiled a 2-0 record with a 3.94 E.R.A. and 17 strikeouts in 16 innings of work. In the CAA championship game, he pitched the Tigers to a 5-2 win over William & Mary by throwing a complete game seven-hitter. He walked two and had four strikeouts earned a berth on the CAA All-Tournament team.  In the win over William & Mary, he pitched the first complete game of his career.

In the NCAA regional tournament, he earned a 7-2 win over No, 23 Florida Atlantic by pitching seven innings and allowing no earned runs. He was named to the all-tournament team at the NCAA regional.

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