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Friday, Aug. 15

Redbirds' Accardo signs with Giants     Send a link to a friend

[AUG. 15, 2003]  NORMAL -- After an outstanding summer of baseball in Alaska, Jeremy Accardo has signed a free agent contract to play professional baseball for the San Francisco Giants.

Accardo pitched this summer for the Athletes in Action baseball team in the Alaska Summer Baseball League. He played both pitcher and shortstop and was clocked in the mid-90s by scouts.

The Mesa, Ariz., native will leave the Redbird program after three years. He was coming off arguably his best season, when he hit .333 with six home runs and 31 RBIs. As a pitcher, he led the team with four saves and posted a record of 4-2 with an ERA of 5.94.

His four saves in the 2003 season made him the all-time saves leader in Illinois State history, with a career total of 12.

Accardo was named the most valuable player on the Illinois State baseball team in 2003. He was also a first team all-Missouri Valley shortstop and a second team member of the ABCA all-Midwest squad.

[Aaron Johnston, athletics media relations,
Illinois State University]

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