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  • Storm Baseball Adds Six to Squad
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    Published - 07/26/13 - 09:03 AM | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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    (ST. GEORGE, Utah) – The Dixie State University baseball program continued to build off consecutive national tournament appearances by signing six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the spring signing period, head coach Chris Pfatenhauer announced Thursday. Included in the class are two prep players and four athletes from some of the best junior college programs in the West.

    The six student-athletes will enroll at DSU in August and will take the field as members of the Red Storm during the 2014 season.

    "I am very excited about our next class to enroll at Dixie State," head coach Chris Pfatenhauer said. "We believe these young men are the types of players, students and people that can help us continue our success on and off the field."

    Name Position Ht./Wt. Hometown (High School/Prev. School)

    Chance Abrath RHP/INF 6-4, 200 Salt Lake City, UT (West/USU Eastern)

    Wyatt Branch SS 6-2, 185 Stansbury Park, UT (Stansbury)

    Cody Clark C/RHP 6-2, 210 Las Vegas, NV (Cimarron-Memorial/Hawaii/Southern Nevada)

    Donald Glover OF 6-0, 190 Las Vegas, NV (Legacy/Western Nevada)

    Scott Martinez OF 6-2, 180 Las Vegas, NV (Durango)

    Mike Umscheid 3B/OF 6-3, 200 Beaverton, OR (Sunset/Western Nevada)

    Chance Abrath

    Salt Lake City, Utah (West HS/USU Eastern)

    RHP/INF – 6-4, 200

    Highly recruited quarterback out of high school, he chose baseball instead.  Hit .296 with 3 homers and 24 RBI in 2012. Posted a 7-2 record and hit .327 in 2013 for the Golden Eagles.  Chance was also recruited by Utah Valley University and USC Aiken.

    Pfatenhauer said: “Chance is a tremendous athlete, that helped lead his team the regional tournament in 2013. Chance will be an immediate impact player within the DSU Baseball program.”

    Wyatt Branch

    Stansbury Park, Utah (Stansbury)

    SS – 6-2, 185

    Help led the Stallions to a 17-7 record and an 11-1 finish in their region.  In 2013, hit .447 with 10 extra base hits and 12 runs batted in.  Was named the 2013 Utah National Guard Player of the Year.

    Pfatenhauer said: “The Red Storm Baseball program is blessed to have landed an in state player as talented as Wyatt so late in the spring. Wyatt will have the chance to compete for the short stop job as a freshman.”

    Cody Clark

    Las Vegas, Nev. (Cimarron-Memorial/Hawaii/Southern Nevada)

    C/RHP – 6-2, 210

    Cody is a quality athlete that spent his freshman year at the University of Hawaii (.200 BA) where he platooned at catcher.  Cody spent his sophomore year at College of Southern Nevada as a catcher and pitcher.  Cody was a Second Team All-Conference quarterback at Cimarron-Memorial High School in Las Vegas.  Cody was also recruited by University of Arizona and Hawaii Pacific.

    Pfatenhauer added: “Cody is a tremendous college baseball player that adds a dynamic arm to the pitching staff and is a solid defensive catcher behind the plate. We are lucky to have him.”

    Donald Glover

    Las Vegas, Nev. (Legacy/Western Nevada)

    OF – 6-0, 190

    Donald played at WNC in 2011 and 2013, while red-shirting in 2012.  He hit .286 in ’11 and .302 in ’13, while stealing 9 of 13 bases.  Helped WNC to an impressive 92-34 record over his two seasons.

    Pfatenhauer added: “Donald is a five tool outfielder that brings a lot of upside to the Red Storm. Donald played for a great program at WNC and his tools make him a professional prospect.”

    Scott Martinez

    Las Vegas, Nev. (Durango)

    OF – 6-2, 180

    Played quarterback and centerfield at DHS.  Hit .438 with four HR and 28 RBI during his senior season for Durango.

    Pfatenhauer said: “Scott is another great athlete joining our program. As a high school quarterback, he brings tremendous work ethic and leadership to our outfield. Scott, along with a talented group of freshmen, will have a chance to contribute right away.”

    Mike Umscheid

    Beaverton, Ore. (Sunset/Western Nevada)

    3B/OF – 6-3, 200

    He hit .310 with 27 runs batted in during 2013 and .331 with 23 runs batted in during 2012.  Helped WNC to an impressive 92-37 record over two seasons and a trip to the NJCAA World Series in 2012.  All State in Oregon in 2011. Also recruited by Kansas State University.

    Pfatenhauer said: “Mike is a very physical athlete at 6’3”, 205. Mike’s bat is his best tool, but he is talented enough to play either corner infield spot as well as a corner outfield spot.”

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