Toms River North junior shortstop Joey Rose, a Shore Sports Network first-team All-Shore selection as a sophomore, announced Tuesday night that he has verbally committed to Oklahoma State.

Rose had the best statistical season of any hitter in the competitive Class A South in batting .425 with 34 hits, 19 RBI, 18 walks, 10 doubles, 3 home runs, an on-base percentage of .530 and a slugging percentage of .687. He ranked in the top 10 in the Shore conference in both on-base percentage and doubles and was 12th in slugging percentage.

Rose returns as one of the Shore Conference's top hitters this spring and one of the top players in New Jersey. He joins the Christian Brothers Academy tandem of pitcher Luca Dalatri and catcher Brandon Martorano, who are both committed to North Carolina, among the high-profile commits from the Shore Conference Class of 2016.

Rose is headed to an Oklahoma State program that finished ranked 10th in the country this past spring for its highest final ranking since 1999.