NewsPoland Seminary Standout Pitcher Commits to MVNU
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The nationally-ranked Mount Vernon Nazarene University baseball team has landed its first recruit for the 2005 season with the addition of Dave Yost, who has decided to further his education and continue his baseball career at MVNU.
Yost, a pitcher from Poland, Ohio, has posted a 2-1 record on the mound with a 1.50 earned run average so far this year for Poland Seminary High School. The senior has struck out 28 batters and issued just seven walks in 18 innings of work so far. Yost, who was named to the Metro Athletic Conference Team as a sophomore and junior, has led Poland Seminary to two straight district titles. He also threw a no-hitter in the first game of his junior season.
"We are honored that Dave has chosen to continue his education and play baseball at MVNU,” said MVNU head coach Keith Veale, who has compiled a 491-226 record in 15 seasons at the helm of the Cougars. "We had him in over the winter to work out, and we were impressed with his ability and potential on the mound.”
"Dave has big game experience and has pitched the tough games for his high school,” Veale added. "We feel that he can compete early in his career. He is a well-rounded young man and will be a solid addition not only to the baseball program, but to the University as well.”
In addition to being a three-year letterman in baseball at Poland Seminary, Yost also lettered three years in football. He is a member of National Honor Society and Junior Leadership, and he is involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and in his church youth group.
"There are several reasons why I chose MVNU,” said Yost of his college choice. "I like the Christian atmosphere on campus, the outstanding baseball program, and the extracurricular activities that MVNU has to offer.”
MVNU is currently 26-11 overall and ranked 19th in the latest NAIA national poll that was released on Wednesday. The Cougars are also in first place in the American Mideast Conference South Division with a 14-2 record. The team is scheduled to travel to Wright State University for a non-conference nine-inning game at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.