Industrial senior to play baseball at A&M-Kingsville
Nov. 10, 2010 at 5:10 a.m.
Updated Nov. 11, 2010 at 5:11 a.m.
Travis Madden made such a good impression at the Texas A&M-Kingsville baseball camp that he'll return to the school as a member of the baseball team.
Madden, a senior at Industrial, will sign a letter-of-intent on Thursday to accept a scholarship to the Lone Star Conference school.
Madden attended the Javelinas camp before his junior year and coaches Jason Gonzales and Thad Rhea liked what they saw.
"I really liked being able to walk around the whole campus," Madden said. "They are upgrading the campus and building a bunch of new buildings."
Madden was named the District 29-2A Defensive Player of the Year and was a second-team selection on the Advocate's all-area team after his junior season.
He had a 4-2 pitching record with a 1.67 ERA for the Cobras, and had 98 strikeouts in 42 innings.
Madden also played shortstop and catcher for the Cobras and hit .407.
Madden attended Memorial during his freshman and sophomore years before transferring to Industrial.
"It was much different," Madden said of going from a Class 5A to a 2A school. "We had a good team and we 10-run ruled a lot of teams so I didn't pitch that many innings."
Madden has played select baseball with a number of his future teammates.
He watched the Javelinas play the University of Houston-Victoria last season at Riverside Stadium.
"I liked how the team was so close knit," Madden said. "They played together as a team and no one was out for themselves."
Madden is thankful to have an opportunity to play on the college level and is preparing for his senior season.
"I'm glad I was able to sign early," Madden said. "It takes a lot of the pressure off. I'm planning on hitting the weights and getting in shape for my freshman season."