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)
Career Note: Moved into a tie for first place on WCU's all-time sacrifice flies list with 17 sac flies ... Through three seasons, ranks tied for 19th with 29 home runs and is tied for 18th with 150 career RBI.
2014 (Junior): Started all 55 seasonal games at first base ... Also made one pitching appearance against mountain-rival UNC Asheville (April 9) ... Finished the season second on the team with a .332 batting average including a team-leading .379 batting average in Southern Conference play ... Collected 74 base hits, third on the squad, including a team-best 39 in league play ... Led the team with 25 multiple hit games including 23, two-hit outings ... Recorded 14 multiple RBI games ... Tied for the team and SoCon lead with 14 home runs, including three, two-home run games - at Elon (March 22), at UNC Asheville (April 9) and at Samford (April 27) ... Also tallied 11 doubles ... Finished with a career-best six stolen bases in six attempts ... Was hot out of the gates with 15 RBI in the first 10 games, finishing the season with 53 runs driven in, tied for second on the squad ... Tallied seven sacrifice flies, matching five others for second-place in the single-season record book, just one shy of first-place all-time ... Matched a career-best with five RBI at Washington State (Feb. 21) ... Earned SoCon Player of the Week honors on May 5, batting .471 (8-for-17) with five extra base hits including three doubles and two home runs in WCU's wins over Wake Forest (April 30) and Appalachian State (May 2-4) ... Named first team All-Southern Conference at first base on both the media and coaches list ... Named to the Capital One Academic All-District 3 team as selected and announced by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) ... Named to the 2014 Southern Conference Spring Academic All-Conference team and to the 2013-14 Southern Conference Honor Roll ... Selected to the second team ABCA All-Atlantic Region ... Named first team All-State by the North Carolina Sports Information Association (NCCSIA); Summer League: Played for the San Luis Obispo Blues of the California Collegiate League ... Played in 37 games on the summer ... Ranked second on his team with a .333 batting average, collecting 46 hits in 138 at bats with 16 doubles, three triples and four home runs ... Recorded 38 RBI and scored 20 runs on the summer ... Walked 14 times and was hit by a pitch four times as a part of a .403 on-base percentage ... Pitched in three games, tossing 2.2 innings with a 3.38 ERA and seven strikeouts ... Was named to the California Collegiate League All-Star game.
2013 (Sophomore): Saw action in 57 of WCU's 59 seasonal games, making 53 appearances among the starting lineup including 30 games at first base, 19 as the designated hitter, four in right field and twice starting on the mound ... Finished the season batting .310 (66-of-213) with 29 extra base hits including 16 doubles to rank tied for second on the squad, two triples and 11 home runs, ranking him third on the squad ... Finished ranked third on the team with a career-best 52 RBI ... Posted 20 multiple hit games with 14 two-hit outings while recording 13 multi-RBI games where he was one of just four Catamounts to record five-or-more RBI in a game ... Finished with a .559 slugging percentage ... Hit .276 (29-for-105) in SoCon play, collecting 10 extra base hits including four doubles, a triple and five home runs while driving in 24 runs, fourth on the team ... On the mound, made four appearances including two starts ... Tossed a combined 9.2 innings with a 4.66 ERA ... Allowed 13 hits including four for extra bases, surrendering seven runs of which five were earned ... Struck out five against eight walks ... Made his first collegiate start on the mound in game two of a twin bill against Hofstra (March 3), scattering one run on five hits with three strikeouts through five innings to pick up his first career victory ... Helped his own cause to the win, driving in a career-high tying five RBI on a 2-for-4 showing at the plate ... Matched his career-high with four hits against UNC Asheville (April 2), scoring a career-best three runs against the Bulldogs ... Enjoyed a career-long, nine-game hitting streak which included four multiple-hit games ... Legged out a career-high three doubles in a home win over OVC regular season champion, Tennessee Tech (May 3), posting a 3-for-4 outing at the dish ... Delivered a career performance with two home runs and four RBI against The Citadel (May 23) in the 2013 SoCon Tournament at Fluor Field ... Named to the 2013 Southern Conference Spring Academic All-Conference team and to the 2012-13 Southern Conference Honor Roll;Summer League: Started 44 of the 45 games in which he saw action for the Morehead City Marlins of the Coastal Plain League ... Posted a .280 (45-of-161) batting average, collecting 10 doubles and four home runs ... Scored 23 runs while driving in 20 ... Walked 15 times and was hit by six pitches while striking out 49 times ... Additionally made four appearances on the mound including three starts ... Finished with an 0-1 record and a 5.79 ERA, tossing 14 innings with 16 strikeouts against four walks ... Surrendered 10 runs (nine earned) on 16 hits with just three extra base hits allowed and a .281 opposing batting average.
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, three times (MR: at Davidson, 3/8/13) Hits: 4, twice (MR: UNC ASHEVILLE, 4/2/13) Runs: 3, three times (MR: at Appalachian State, 5/16/13) Doubles: 3, TENNESSEE TECH (5/4/13) RBI: 5, twice (MR: Gm 2 - HOFSTRA, 3/3/13) Walks: 2, three times (MR: CLEMSON, 4/9/13) Hitting Streak: 9 games (4/6/13 - 4/20/13)