Swampscott native Gavin Sullivan, who pitched for the Big Blue for three seasons, committed to join the baseball team at Stetson University in Florida. (Item File Photo)

For three years, pitcher Gavin Sullivan was the rock in the Swampscott High School baseball team’s rotation. After a terrific career with the Big Blue, Sullivan brought his talents to Cheshire Academy in Connecticut. Now, Sullivan will look forward to the next step in his baseball career, as the Swampscott native has committed to join the team at Stetson University in Florida for the 2019 season.

Stetson, a Division 1 program that competes in the Atlantic Sun Conference, stood out as the right choice for Sullivan after the right-hander visited the school’s campus and met with the coaches last Friday.

“The baseball aspect of the school is tremendous,” Sullivan, who also played golf for three seasons at Swampscott, said. “Their schedule is one of the best in the country. The coaching staff is tremendous. The school has about 4000 students, so it’s a small school and that’s what’s best for me moving forward. Everything from the baseball to the academics is what’s best for me so I kind of just fell in love with it.”

Another factor that played a role in Sullivan’s decision was Stetson’s location. Although he’ll be over 1200 miles away from home when he sets foot on the campus in DeLand, Florida, Sullivan has always hoped to play college baseball in a warm climate.

“There were a few other schools on my list,” Sullivan said. “Most of them were schools on the Northeast. Going down South has always been a goal of mine, since day one. I’ve always wanted to play baseball in warm weather and go to school down there. That’s what drove me to make my decision.”

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