PISCATAWAY, NJ – Red Bank outfielder Mike Livingston and Christian Brothers Academy pitcher Kevin Lillis have announced their intention to attend Rutgers and play baseball for the Scarlet Knights. The duo joins a talented class that includes Second Team All-State selection Matt Giannini of Watchung Hills, Dennis Hill of Pascack Valley and Luis Feliz of New Brunswick, as well as fellow Shore standout Kyle Bradley of Red Bank Catholic.
"We got two very good players in Livingston and Lillis," said Rutgers head coach Fred Hill. "I think both of them have a chance to make a real impact on the program."
Livingston (5-10, 200), Red Bank's starting centerfielder, hit .466 his senior year, setting a single-season school record with nine home runs (tied for first among Shore-area players). He also clubbed seven doubles, knocked in 29 runs and stole seven bases for Red Bank, which posted an 18-6 mark and won its Division Championship this spring. Livingston hit .316 as a junior in 2004. He recently participated in the Carpenter Cup baseball showcase in Philadelphia.
"When I first saw Mike play, I was caught by his athleticism and natural abilities," said Hill. "He is a five-tool kind of player and really grew into a tremendous baseball player this spring."
Livingston was an All-Group III, All-Conference, All-Division and All-Shore honoree in 2005. He was also a Third Team All-State pick by the Star Ledger. A three-year starter and letterwinner in baseball, Livingston also excelled on the gridiron, starting at tailback, where he ran for 847 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior in the fall of 2004, leading his team to the state playoffs. His sister, Geneva, is a Division I women's basketball player at Delaware.
Lillis, who will follow his older brothers Ryan (1999-2002) and Chris (2003-present) to Rutgers, posted a 10-1 mark in 2005, winning his first 10 decisions this season. He helped CBA to a 27-4 record and a trip to the Parochial A State Finals, before falling to Seton Hall Prep. He pitched 65.0 innings this spring and allowed 61 hits, while striking out 81. A 6-2, 175-pound righty, Lillis posted a 21-6 career record at CBA, including a 7-2 mark as a sophomore in 2003.
"Kevin is in the mold of his older brothers and can be just as good," said Hill. "He comes from a tremendous family and a great high school program, so we know we are getting a polished pitcher. He has outstanding poise and is a proven winner."
Lillis was a First Team All-Shore selection and also earned All-Parochial, All-Conference and All-Division honors. He will play this summer with the Middletown Monarchs of the ABCCL.