Gallup to play baseball at Niagara

AMSTERDAM – Amsterdam three-sport athlete Julian Gallup has made a decision as to what college and which sport he will be playing after graduation.

Gallup signed a letter of intent to attend Division I Niagara University in the fall and will play baseball for the Purple Eagles.

“This is very exciting for me and my family,” Gallup said. “It has been my dream for a long time to play Division 1 baseball. I visited the campus with my father and we really enjoyed the atmosphere. It is an older school with a rich tradition. I really like the academics there because it offers me while I am there to prepare me for after I graduate.”

As a junior, Gallup was selected as an all-state sixth-team all-star in Class A.

The Rams’ outfielder was a first-team Big 10 all-star selection with a .429 average, 21 runs, 12 RBIs, 18 stolen bases and a .562 on-base percentage.

“We are very proud of Julian,” Amsterdam varsity baseball coach Brian Spagnola said. “He is a tremendous athlete and we thought last year he was one of the better athletes in the Big 10. With his academic prowess and athletic ability, we knew he would have a chance to go Division 1. We are certainly very proud of him. They are excited about getting him and I think he is a good fit for a program that is on the rise.”

Gallup has not selected a major yet, but has expressed interest in fields Niagara offers.

“I am not too sure right now, but they definitely have a great business program, chemistry and biology fields,” he said. “I really enjoyed looking at those fields when I researched them. It is still open for me, but I definitely enjoyed what they offered in all three of those fields.”

Gallup said signing his letter of intent has taken a lot of pressure off so he can enjoy his senior year at Amsterdam High School.

“I know a lot of people who are going through trying to figure out colleges and it is very stressful for them,” he said. “Knowing for a couple months now was definitely a relief going into my senior year just to have it figured out and now I can kind of coast through it.”