Science Hill’s Matt Pope and Heath Lloyd were bordering on giddy when thinking about their baseball futures Wednesday.
Lloyd signed with Tennessee and Pope signed to play at Kentucky.
Lloyd, who’s expected to play shortstop and start once a week or close on the mound as a senior for the Hilltoppers, made a smooth transition after transferring from Providence Academy for the 2011 season. He was third among Hilltoppers in hitting (.409), tied for second in runs (43 in 40 games), tied for third in RBIs (40) and second in doubles (14) and stolen bases (9-for-9). Loyd played a variety of positions, and made a running over-the-shoulder catch in center field at Cardinal Park that would’ve made Willie Mays smile. Lloyd was also an effective pitcher, going 4-1 with a 2.71 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 202/3 innings.
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