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Heaters hoping for College success
It's an exciting time for our Heaters heading to College
05/09/2018 1:48 AM ET
Jarod Large will be returning to the NIACC Trojans this season
Jarod Large will be returning to the NIACC Trojans this season 

Perth duo Jarod Large and Mitch Neunborn will be hoping their injury problems are behind them as they prepare to return to College in the U.S.

The pair, signed to the NIACC Trojans, are just two Heat players heading to College in 2018, alongside Connor Merton, Lachy Brea and David John.

"We're super excited, Large said.

Large and Neuborn were forced to miss the entire 2017-18 Season as they recovered from Tommy John Surgery, and say their friendship helped them in their rehab.

"With us being such close friends, and having to go through this together means we can piggy-back off each other," Large said.

The injuries came at a rough time, as both enjoyed strong 2016/17 seasons.

Large finished 2-0 record with a 3.63 ERA in 11 games (6 starts), while collecting 2 saves and 41 strikeouts in 44.2 innings.

Neunborn, who played as both an infielder and as a pitcher, hit an impressive .331 with 13 homers and 39 RBIs in 47 games in the batter's box. On the mound he started one game, finishing 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA with 9 punch-outs.

"College is such a big thing - the amount of things I learnt was unbelievable," Neunborn said.

NIACC is the same college Heat shortstop Robbie Glendinning attended before he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2017.

"He's been a role model because he's succeeded in so much and we're just trying to do the same thing," Neunborn said.

Before they return to College, however, the pair will play three months of Summer Ball in Oregon for the Medford Rogues.

"It's an experience everyone in the baseball community says you have to do," Neunborn said.

"Apparently it's a ton of fun and you meet amazing people."

The duo will be hoping their Summer Ball stint and start to the College season puts them in good stead for a call-up to the Australian side for the U23 Baseball World Cup in Nicaragua alongside fellow Perth boy Sam Kennelly.

"It would be my first Australian team," Large said.

"It would be insane, that feeling to play with my friends and represent my country."

Kennelly also required Tommy John Surgery which kept him out for the entire 2017/18 ABL Season and helped Large and Neunborn through their rehab.

Large, Neunborn, Merton, Brea and John fly out to the U.S. in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned to our social media channels and weekly Heaters Abroad column to keep up-to-date with our College stars in 2018/19!

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.