E.P. Reese, who led Winston-Salem State in hitting and stolen bases this season, is transferring to Mount Olive.

“The main things that drew me to the (Mount Olive) program were the coaches, the facilities and the fact that they had my major, which is graphic design,” Reese said.

Reese, a former North Davidson star, played center field for the Rams as they went 35-15 and just missed out on the Division II regional playoffs.

He finished the season with a .408 batting average and had 26 stolen bases. He also had a .507 on-base percentage, a .553 slugging percentage, four home runs, 35 RBIs, scored 54 runs and had 10 doubles.

Reese, who had a 3.7 grade point average, helped the Rams have the highest GPA among the programs at WSSU with a cumulative 3.3 GPA. He started his career at N.C. State before transferring to Liberty. He arrived at WSSU before last season.

WSSU announced in the middle of the season it was eliminating the baseball program for financial reasons, a decision that left players scrambling to find elsewhere to play and continue their education. The program had a successful nine-year run under Coach Kevin Ritsche with more than 300 wins and six conference titles.

Ritsche said he would do everything he could to help players transfer to continue their careers. Several other players are in the process of transferring.

“My coaches at WSSU were very supportive about my decision and my parents and I felt that the University of Mount Olive was the perfect fit for me,” Reese said. “It also helped seeing some friendly faces on the team such as former Reynolds player, Logan Welch, and a few other players I grew up playing travel ball with.”

Reese has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

“Mount Olive is a baseball factory and is usually ranked in the top 25 every year,” he said. “They play a competitive schedule, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me.”

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