Posted: Thursday, 14 February 2013 3:26PM

Parkview's Ruff verbals to Missouri State baseball

The haul of local recruits continues to grow for veteran Missouri State baseball coach Keith Guttin.  Parkview senior outfielder Landan Ruff gave his verbal commitment to the Bears over the weekend and announced it publicly on Wednesday.

"It's close to home which is nice," said Ruff.  "They're a great program and Coach Guttin is a great coach.  I've wanted to play for him for a while.  It was hard to resist."


Ruff becomes the third Viking in as many years to commit to MSU; joining catcher Darin Francis (2011) and OF/IF Spencer Johnson (2012).  He had also been considering Southern Illinois-Carbondale and Lindenwood before deciding on Missouri State.

The 6'2", 185 pound right handed hitting outfielder was All-Ozark Conference last season, hitting .330 with a .490 on-base percentage and four home runs.  He also held the closer roll with a 3.64 ERA and four saves.  Ruff was also a three year starting quarterback for the Vikings football team.

"He's a very athletic outfielder for us," said Parkview head coach John Thompson.  "He's got quite a few intangibles and has the best athletic ability on our team.  He has started since his freshman year and we are expecting big things this year."

Parkview was 16-10 last season and returns eight starters.  Thompson expects Ruff to move into the 3-hole in the lineup, vacated by Spencer Johnson.

"We definitely have experience," said Ruff.  "We'll definitely be able to hit the ball.  If our pitching is there we should be a force to reckon with."

Ruff will sign later this spring along with likely three other Parkview players who will continue their baseball careers.

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