Baseball Signs Two To National Letters of Intent
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/22/2004
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 22, 2004

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico baseball head coach Rich Alday and the Lobo baseball program recently signed two more players to National Letters of Intent during the spring signing period, raising next year's class total to 15. UNM signed Ian Hollick (Corona, Calif./Santiago High School) and David Vaio (San Antonio, Texas/Central Catholic High School).

Ian Hollick * 6-2 * 195 * Infielder * R/R * Corona, Calif. (Santiago High School)

Hollick is a four-year starter on the varsity team...a two-time first-team All-Mountain View League selection...earned All-Riverside County honorable mention in 2003...he has already set the career hits mark at Santiago High School and is currently at 110...he needs just five more doubles to set the career doubles record at Santiago High...other school records include most innings played and most games played...helped lead his team to the Mountain View League title and to the CIF quarterfinals in 2003 with a 22-7 record...he his currently batting .365 with three homers and 16 RBI...he has chosen to play in the Sunbelt Series in Oklahoma this summer...he played scout ball for the Kansas City Royals in 2002 and for the Seattle Mariners in 2003...plays travel ball for the Colton Nighthawks...Hollick is also an excellent student with a 4.4 GPA and 1,290 score on the SAT...has earned scholar-athlete honors three times.

David Vaio * 6-3 * 195 * Infielder * R/R * San Antonio, Texas (Central Catholic High School)

Vaio is a four-year starter for Coach Polo Botello's Central Catholic baseball program...he plays shortstop, third base, first base and pitcher...he is being recruited as an infielder...Vaio has displayed excellent offensive numbers at the plate during his Central Catholic career...he is a career .430 hitter and is currently batting .434...he also has collected 101 hits, 33 doubles, six homers and 10 game-winning RBI in his career...has a 13-3 career record on the mound with an ERA of 1.89...Vaio has earned all-district honors all four years...a first-team all-state infielder in 2002...named to the all-state tournament team as a infielder/pitcher in 2003...earned All-South San Antonio honors in 2002...received honors for his performance in the 2003 World Underclassmen Showcase in Ft. Myers, Fla...ranked No. 55 in the Top 100 Class of 2004 state of Texas recruits by Baseball America...ranked as one of the top 20 class of 2004 infielders in the state of Texas by Baseball America...played for the San Antonio Hackers Summer Select Baseball Program in the summer of 2003, batting .429...scheduled to play for the South Texas Sliders Select Baseball Program this summer...Vaio was also the captain and starting quarterback for the state runner-up football team...he was a first-team all-state quarterback throwing 24 touchdowns with only three interceptions...Vaio also shines in the classroom with a 3.94 GPA, which is ranked 12th in his class...he earned a spot on the Honor Roll all four years at Central Catholic and has been a member of the National Honors Society for the past two years...while a member of the JROTC, he earned the JROTC Academic Achievement Wreath and the JROTC Academic Excellence Award.

Hollick and Vaio will join Kyle Blanks (Edgewood, N.M./Moriarty High School); Tyler Cales (San Antonio, Texas/Madison High School); Carlos Castillo (Los Lunas, N.M./El Paso Community College); Brian Flores (Carlsbad, N.M./Carlsbad High School); Mitchell Goines (Farmington, N.M./New Mexico Junior College); Josh Hernandez (Los Lunas, N.M./El Paso Community College); Brandon Hewett (Terrell, Texas/Forney High School); Bobby Moore (Edgewood, N.M./Moriarty High School); Jordan Pacheo (INF/P - Albuquerque, N.M./La Cueva High School); Raymond Pelton (Carlsbad, N.M./El Paso Community College); Joe Register (Lufkin, Texas/Lufkin High School); Eric Ridener (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs High School); and Nick Sanders (Albuquerque, N.M./Valley High School), who all signed National Letters of Intent with UNM during the fall signing period.