GEORGETOWN — St. John’s Prep pitcher Justin Snyder had originally planned to do a post-graduate year at the Salisbury School — a prep superpower in Connecticut — in order to hone his skills to hopefully make the jump to college baseball.
But those plans changed yesterday after the Georgetown resident officially committed to Bryant University, a Division I program and one of the top college programs in New England.
“They showed me that their business school is really prestigious, and that was a deciding factor for me and my dad,” said Snyder, who lived in Merrimac for 13 years before moving to Georgetown.
Snyder said Bryant had been on his radar for a couple of years now, adding that he’d also been considering Brown University, UConn and UMass Lowell in addition to the postgrad route. Now that he is officially on board, he will matriculate to Bryant in the fall and join the program for the upcoming season.
This past spring, Snyder teamed with Catholic Conference MVP and Newburyport native Evan Roberts to give the Eagles one of the best rotations in the state. The pair led St. John’s Prep to a Catholic Conference title and an appearance in the inaugural Super 8 Baseball tournament.
Overall, Snyder went 3-3 with a 1.55 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 54 innings of work. His best performance of the year came against St. John’s of Shrewsbury, when he pitched a complete-game, one-hit shutout to lead the Eagles to a 2-0 victory.
Snyder said that besides Bryant’s business program, he was also attracted by the winning tradition instilled by head coach Steve Owens. Over the course of his 23 years as a head coach, Owens has compiled an overall record of 737-377 while never finishing the year with a losing record. Owens has been the head coach at Bryant since 2010, and this past season the Bulldogs went 42-16, reached the NCAA Tournament and had five players sign professional contracts.
Having secured his place on the team, Snyder said he’s excited for the opportunity to continue his baseball career in college, adding that it’s a relief to know what the future holds.
“It’s definitely less tense,” Snyder said. “It’s good to know where you’re going.”