CHICAGO – Casey Papp, a sophomore catcher at Joliet Junior College in Joliet, Ill., recently signed a letter of intent to continue both his athletic and academic career at Saint Xavier University as a member of the Cougar baseball program. The Joliet native will be a junior at SXU when he joins the program in the fall of 2013 and will compete for playing time during the 2014 season. As a freshman at Joliet Junior College last spring, Papp helped lead the Wolves to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III World Series National Championship, only the third national title in school history for the baseball program (1994, 2008) under the direction of head coach Wayne King.
Papp is the son of Rick and Sara Papp and Mark and Cyndi Carrington of Joliet. He was a standout prep baseball player at Providence Catholic High School. Following the NJCAA World Series, Papp was one of three JJC players named to the all-tournament team. Papp brought home the game-tying run on a RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning of the World Series finale. During his senior season at Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox, Ill., he helped the Celtics finish as state runners-up in the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Class 4A playoffs.
"We are really excited about adding Casey to our roster for the 2014 season," said Saint Xavier University baseball coach Mike Dooley. "He has found success wherever he has played ball, both at Providence Catholic and then at Joliet Junior College, and I think he will find more success when he starts playing for the Cougars next spring. He is a great player and I know that he will have a nice career here at SXU."