When Lander University baseball coach Kermit Smith first saw Taylor Alvarez pitch four years ago, Smith immediately saw talent.
Unfortunately for the Bearcats, Alvarez, a high school junior at the time, was already committed to play at the College of Charleston.
But it’s funny how things have a way of working out.

After a two-year stay in Charleston, Alvarez now finds himself a key member of Lander’s pitching staff as the Bearcats steam towards the postseason. 
“We got a phone call (last summer) that (Alvarez) was going to be available, and that obviously created a great deal of interest because we remembered how well he pitched,” Smith said. “A lot of things made him attractive. He’s a physical guy and his arm works very well. He throws a true sinker, and we remembered from high school ... he had a really incredible slider.