Western Carolina Baseball opened up the 2013 season with an 8-5 victory over the Washington State Cougars. (Photos courtesy of Mark Haskett, WCU Public Relations)
2012 (Freshman): Played in 52 games, making 47 starts including 33 as the designated hitter, seven in right field and seven at first base ... Led the team with 45 RBI on the year, racing out of the gates with 30 runs driven in through the first 19 games before an oblique strain slowed his pace ... Finished with a .308 collective batting average, collecting 18 extra base hits among the 57 on the season ... His batting average did not dip below .306 all season, recording hits in all but 16 of the 52 games he played ... Was second on the team with 14 doubles ... Paced the squad with six sacrifice flies ... Named second team All-Southern Conference as a designated hitter, while also being tabbed to the SoCon All-Freshman Team by the league's head coaches ... Was additionally selected second team All-SoCon by College Sports Madness ... Named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team as selected and announced by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper ... Made two appearances on the mound, tossing two-thirds of an inning officially with two walks and a wild pitch ... In his first collegiate game, finished 4-for-5 with a home run and two doubles including one in his first career at-bat with three RBI in the win over Fordham (February 17) ... Drove in a career-best five runs in the home win over Duke (March 6) on a 3-for-5 outing with two doubles; Summer League: Played with the Waynesboro Generals of the Valley League during the summer of 2012 ... Finished ranked third on the team with a .348 (56-of-161) batting average with 19 extra base hits including 11 doubles and a triple and seven home runs ... Had a .559 slugging percentage ... Drove in 38 RBI ... Also made 11 pitching appearances for a combined 14 innings with a 2-1 record and a 1.29 ERA ... Walked 12 against 22 strikeouts giving up three runs, two of which were earned ... Was selected as the Generals' player of the week earlier in the summer ... Named to the midseason All-Star team in the Valley League ... Named by Perfect Game as the 14th best prospect out of the Valley League.
Prior to Western Carolina: Was a three-time All-Northwestern 3A/4A Conference selection, garnering the honor each of his final three seasons as a prep ... Posted a career .457 batting average with 91 hits including 27 doubles, four triples and 10 home runs ... Drove in 59 runs with a career slugging percentage of .784 ... Tossed a no-hitter against Watauga for St. Stephen High ... Picked up all-tournament team plaudits following a Easter weekend tournament as a junior ... Named an all-star for Hickory Post 48 in American Legion baseball during the summer months, hitting .425 with 12 doubles, a triple and 10 home runs ... As a pitcher, posted a 9-1 record with four saves in legion ball ... Also lettered in swimming as a sophomore, placing in the state 3-A Championships.
Personal: Full name is Jacob Edwin Hoyle ... Is the son of Terry and Jean Hoyle ... Has a sister, Katie.
Career Game Highs: At Bats: 6, at The Citadel (3/11/12) Hits: 4, FORDHAM (2/17/12) Runs: 2, twice (MR: UNC GREENSBORO, 3/24/12) Doubles: 2, twice (MR: DUKE, 3/6/12) RBI: 5, DUKE (3/6/12) Walks: 2, UNC GREENSBORO (3/24/12) Hitting Streak: 6 games, twice