Mummau signs with Liberty University

By on February 13, 2019

By Bruce Morgan

Manheim Central senior Drew Mummau, who batted .367 for the Section Three champions last year, will continue his baseball career as a middle infielder at Liberty University. Photo by Missi Mortimer
Manheim Central senior Drew Mummau, who batted .367 for the Section Three champions last year, will continue his baseball career as a middle infielder at Liberty University. Photo by Missi Mortimer

From day one, Drew Mummau’s first choice in his college search was Liberty University.

So when the Flames made a scholarship offer, the Manheim Central shortstop/pitcher pounced.

Didn’t matter that Mummau was still a sophomore.

“I went to a camp my sophomore year and I told myself, ‘If they offer me, I’m going to take it,’” he said. “Sure enough, it happened. I thought about it for a little bit, but once I felt the time was right, I made it official. It’s been a cool journey so far.”

That journey included National Signing Day last Wednesday, Feb. 6, with Mummau one of 11 seniors who were recognized by Manheim Central.

“I’m really excited,” he said.

Mummau had also looked at James Madison University, where his uncle, Rob, played prior to being drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 29th round of the 1993 amateur draft.

But Drew had a familiarity with Liberty University, where his sister, Morgan, played field hockey, and the rest is history.

“I feel extremely comfortable with the campus and everything, and the coaches are great,” said Mummau, who is considering sports management or kinesiology as a major, but will start college undeclared. “So it felt like the right fit.”

Liberty head coach Scott Jackson, a former assistant at UNC, has led the Flames to back-to-back 32-win seasons. Plus, in Jackson’s first two seasons guiding the team, Liberty has finished in the top 50 in the U.S. in runs scored, walks and on-base percentage.

“He feels almost like a second father to me,” Mummau said. “I feel like he treats his recruits like they’re his own kids and I definitely get that family aspect when I go down there.”

He took his official visit in October, at which time he met the others in his recruiting class, including players from Florida, California, and Kentucky.

“Coach Jackson recruits all across the country,” Mummau said.

The Manheim Central senior is also looking forward to learning from assistants Tyler Cannon and Bryant Gaines. Cannon, who previously worked on the staffs at Army and Virginia, focuses on the Flames’ infielders and hitters. Gaines spent nine years as a member of the UNC program, helping to guide the Tar Heels to five College World Series appearances.

“I have a really good connection with (coach Cannon),” Mummau said. “I’ve learned so much from him just from having conversations.”

A year ago, Mummau batted .367 with 17 RBIs and 15 runs scored for the Section Three champion Barons, earning selection to the Lancaster-Lebanon League’s Sweet 16 Team. So his offense is a plus, but Mummau’s ticket to Liberty was his glovework.

“That’s kinda why they recruited me is my abilities to play the middle infield,” he said, “and my speed on the base paths.”

At the plate, Mummau’s talents allowed Baron coach Matt Huber to use him in a variety of roles last spring, including leadoff, which is also where he batted for the Manheim VFW last summer.

“(Leadoff) is my favorite,” Mummau said. “I like to use my speed, stealing and whatnot. Extra-base hits is really what I think my game is, and also drawing walks, getting on base, all that stuff. I feel like I’m a pretty patient hitter. I don’t get out of my zone and chase many pitches, so that’s one of my (strengths).”

When his career at Liberty is finished, .Mummau’s hopes to continue playing.

“It’s always been a goal of mine to get drafted after college,” he said. “It’s always been in the back of my mind, so it’s definitely a goal.” 

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