OCALA- After a standout freshman season when he came up big at the most important times, Ryan Crile earned a lot of interest from schools at the four-year level.
Crile, a standout infielder for the College of Central Florida baseball team, was rewarded for his efforts when he signed a letter-of-intent with the University of Central Florida on Wednesday.
As a freshman, Crile hit .316 with one homer and 15 RBI for the Patriots, but it was his play down the stretch which was impressive during Mid-Florida Conference play. Crile elevated his batting average to .333 in MFC play and also took his on-base percentage from .363 to .387 and his slugging percentage from .404 to .449.
As a result, Crile earned second-team all-MFC honors as an infielder.
With Crile playing well at key times, the Patriots were able to make the FCSAA State Tournament after a two-year absence. Over his final two state tournament games, Crile hit .333 with one RBI.
In all, Crile had 10 multi-hit games last season, registering four hits in four of those ten games.
His top performance in MFC play came in a 22-4 rout of rival Santa Fe College, going 4-for-6 with two runs scored, one homer and five RBI.
Crile played his high school baseball at North Marion for coach Dale Hall, a former CF standout. During his high school career, Crile was part of a perennial playoff squad, which advanced to the elite eight during his sophomore season.