MITCHELL, S.D. – Dakota Wesleyan University head baseball coach Steve Gust brought his recruiting total for the 2013 season up to 24 athletes this week when he announced the addition of three additional signees.
Pitcher Darin Hager, catcher Christian Doyle and outfielder Chris Combs will all join the DWU baseball team starting in 2012-13. Combs is a freshman, Doyle has sophomore eligibility and Hager has two seasons of eligibility remaining when he joins the squad.
Hager comes to Dakota Wesleyan after one season each at Northland Community College in Thief River Falls, Minn., and Rochester Community & Technical College in Rochester, Minn. As a freshman at Northland, he went 1-1 and threw 14 innings over 17 games. He gave up 10 earned runs off 16 hits and struck out 15 batters. As a sophomore in 2012 at Rochester Community College, Hager – a right-handed pitcher – threw 6.2 innings and struck out seven batters.
Hager played high school baseball for East Grand Forks High School. He also played for the East Grand Forks Post 157 American Legion team.
“Darin will provide instant depth to our pitching staff,” Gust said. “He is very versatile on the mound and can pitch out of the bullpen or be a starter. We’re excited about his potential.”
Doyle comes to DWU after one season at Beloit College in Beloit, Wis. The Jackson, Wyo., native played prep ball at Jackson Hole High School where he earned four varsity letters and was a three-year starter. The 6-foot catcher batted .384 with a .538 on-base percentage as a senior and had 63 hits, scored 60 runs and had 60 RBIs and six home runs. He helped his team to a conference title in 2011.
“Christian is a great sign for us,” Gust said. “He is a great student and has an unbelievable work ethic. He is your prototypical character kid, and we expect him to challenge for our starting catching job from day one.”
Combs comes to DWU from Corvallis High School in Corvallis, Mont. The 6-2 center fielder played high school and Legion baseball in Corvallis.
“Chris is one of the best athletes we’ve recruited,” Gust said. “He is very athletic and quick. We’re hoping he develops into a dynamic, all-around player. The sky is the limit for Chris.”
Gust’s latest three recruits join a Tiger squad that went 24-32 overall and 11-9 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference in 2012. Dakota Wesleyan lost just four players to graduation, and returns a solid core of veterans.