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Dunedin's Clarkson commits to USF

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Mon. December 14, 2009 | Bob Putnam | Email

Dunedin infielder/pitcher Mike Clarkson decided to stay close to home, committing to the University of South Florida.

Clarkson, a junior, played mostly in the infield last season and hit .379 with 29 RBIs and 24 runs scored. He also was tough on the mound, going 4-2 with a 0.37 ERA in 18 2/3 innings.

Falcons coach Tom Hilbert said Clarkson will become a starting pitcher this season and continue to throw in college.

Clarkson is the second junior to commit early, joining Casey Turgeon, who decided on Florida last week.

"I've never had a player commit as a junior before, and now I've had two in the past two weeks," Hilbert said.

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