Hurricane pair commit to MU baseball
HURRICANE, W.Va. — To win championships, sign champions.
Marshall University’s baseball program received commitments from two players from West Virginia Class AAA state champion Hurricane High School, as outfielder/pitcher Austin Dearing and infielder/pitcher Tyler Cox said they plan to sign with the Thundering Herd. Both are juniors.
“I chose Marshall because the coaches are very personable, extremely nice and they do a good job with player development,” Dearing said. “I toured campus and I just fell in love with everything. My dad (Rob Dearing) played baseball at Marshall and I think it’s pretty cool to follow somewhat in his footsteps. Marshall just felt like home to me.”
Dearing said he anticipates playing the outfield with the Herd. A solid 6-foot-1, 200-pound left-handed hitter and right-handed thrower, Dearing played summer ball for the Huntington Hounds. He is known for a quick bat that is short to the ball. He has run 60 yards in 7.0 seconds.
Cox, a 6-foot, 165-pounder, also played for the Huntington Hounds travel ball team, as well as Team Ohio Pro Select. He bats left-handed and throws right-handed. Cox is a former wrestler and takes that mentality to the baseball field.
“I really like the campus,” Cox said of Marshall. “It felt like it was the right place to be. The coaching staff made it feel as if it’s a tight-bonded group. It’s close to home and I feel like it’s the right place to be.”
The Redskins went 34-4 last season and defeated Wheeling Park 11-5 in the state championship game. Cox went 3-for-3 with a triple and two runs batted in in the game. A day earlier, Cox drove in three runs in a semifinal victory over Martinsburg.
Hurricane coach Brian Sutphin said he is thrilled for both players and that they will make fine additions to Marshall’s program.
“Any time you get student-athletes like Tyler and Austin, who have worked as hard as they have and put in as much time as they have academically and athletically, get a chance to continue to pursue their passions it’s a good thing,” Sutphin said. “Both will continue to get better from here and both will strive to be the best they can be.”