Hardy, who will patrol center field for the Wolfpack, signed with Division I Western Kentucky while Grice, the team’s first baseman and closer, signed to play closer to home with Division II Georgia College.
“It’s not an accident that these two guys who have worked really hard for us over four years are signing scholarships to play at very good programs,” Wolfpack coach Chris Wilkins said. “We’re very excited for both of them.”
Hardy had been looking at other schools but strained the ulnar collateral ligament in his right arm the summer before the 2012 season and some of the interest went sideways.
“I was talking to Auburn for a little while but I had the arm troubles, so Western Kentucky was the main team I kept talking to,” Hardy said.
Hardy came back from the injury and played in 28 of the team’s 36 games, batting .484 and receiving All-Region 2-AAAA honorable mention as well as being named to the 2012 all-county team.
Western Kentucky, which plays in the Sun Belt Conference, had a few things that interested Hardy.
“I had been talking to them over the summer and then I went and visited and they had a really nice campus,” Hardy said. “He (head coach Matt Myers) told me that I could be starting my first year if I worked at it. He said it was a real possibility.”
Selecting a Peach Belt school in Milledgeville, Ga., didn’t take Grice long.
“I looked all summer and I ended up committing in September,” said Grice, who also had an offer from Francis Marion and had been talking to Charlotte. “I really liked the campus there and it’s closer to home and I know some people there.”
While he was a 2012 all-county infielder, Grice recorded seven saves and was 2-1 on the mound for the Wolfpack. He will be a reliever for the Bobcats.
“Adam is another unconventional pitcher who throws from the submarine slot and will be very effective because of his ability to throw strikes with two pitches from down under,” wrote Georgia College coach Tom Carty on the team’s Web site.