FAIRMONT—Since taking over the Fairmont State University baseball program in the fall of 2015, head coach Phil Caruso has made it a priority to honor and recognize alumni from the storied program. Today, Caruso and his baseball staff are pleased to recognize 17 individuals as members of the Falcon Baseball Team of the Decade (2011-2020).
Below you can read biography information for each member of the team.
Tyler Hill (2016-2019)
In his four seasons with the Falcons from 2016 to 2019, Hill batted .333 with 10 home runs and 74 runs batted-in. The three-year starter at catcher also racked up 20 doubles, 5 triples and had a career slugging percentage of .492. Hill’s career was highlighted by his 2018 campaign, which included a season-best .380 batting average with seven home runs and 36 runs batted-in. Hill earning honorable mention All-Mountain East Conference honors following the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Hill is currently playing professionally for the York Revolution of the Atlantic League.
Trevor Funk (2011-2013)
Trevor Funk, a 2013 All-WVIAC selection, played in and started 131 games under head coach George Yanchak from 2011 to 2013. He wrapped up his career with a .297 batting average with four home runs and 69 runs batted-in. He also tallied 128 hits, 93 runs scored, 61 stolen bases and 24 doubles during his career. His career was highlighted by a .351 hitting performance as a junior in 2012. That season he also recorded a career-high .481 slugging percentage with three home runs and 29 runs batted-in.
Zach Musgrove (2019-current)
Zach Musgrove was a 2019 second team All-Mountain East Conference selection and a 2020 first team CoSIDA Academic All-District pick after starting in the infield for the Falcons during the 2019 and 2020 seasons. In his two seasons with the Falcons, Musgrove has batted .328 with 17 home runs and 61 runs batted-in. Musgrove has also tallied 14 doubles and has a career slugging percentage of .611. During his two season he has started 64 of the 65 games he has appeared in. Defensively at first base, Musgrove has racked up 173 putouts, six assists and has committed just one error during his career. Musgrove has one more year of eligibility remaining in 2021.
Tyler Skidmore (2018-2019)
Tyler Skidmore played two seasons for the Falcons after transferring from Potomac State as a junior in 2018. For his career, Skidmore made 85 starts and totaled a .296 hitting percentage with 17 home runs and 62 runs batted-in. His career was highlighted by his record-breaking senior season when he hit a Fairmont State single-season record 13 home runs in 2019. That season, he batted .308 with 43 runs scored, seven doubles and 41 runs batted-in. He also had a .597 slugging percentage that season.
Darrin Zombro (2014-2018)
Darrin Zombro was a five-year member of the Fairmont State baseball team, but saved his best for last by ranking second in the league and 14th in the country in batting average at .417. For his efforts, Zombro was a first team All-MEC and All-Atlantic Region selection following the 2018 season. The second baseman finished his senior season with a .597 slugging percentage and totaled three home runs, 14 doubles and 23 runs batted-in on the year. For his career, Zombro batted over .300 with 111 hits, 19 doubles, four home runs and 41 RBIs. He also ended his career with a .386 on-base percentage.
Jimmy Earp (2009-2012)
Jimmy Earp, a second-team Gold Glove recipient in 2012, batted .330 in his career with 100 hits, 22 doubles and four triples. He also drove in 31 runs and finished his career with a .429 slugging percentage. In addition, as an outfielder, Earp wrapped up his career with a .972 fielding percentage – committing just seven errors in his four-year career. Earp’s career was highlighted by a .359 batting average as a junior in 2011. He also had a season-high in doubles (11) and RBIs (17) that season.
Andy Leach (2007-2011)
Andy Leach was a four-year starter in the outfield for the Falcons from 2008 to 2011. However, he saved his best for his junior and seniors seasons in 2010-2011. As a senior in 2011, he batted .321 with 11 home runs, 30 runs batted-in and seven doubles – earning first team All-WVIAC accolades for his efforts. That season he recorded a .679 slugging percentage and a .425 on-base percentage. As a junior, he batted .357 with five home runs, 30 RBIs and a career-high 14 doubles. As a redshirt-freshman in 2008, he turned in a career-best .371 hitting percentage after starting in 35 of the 40 games he played in.
Austin Norman (2016-2018)
Austin Norman was a three-time All-Mountain East Conference first team selection and a two-time All-Region selection for the Falcons from 2016 to 2018 after transferring from Division I Marshall University. The power hitter hit .375 for his career and graduated as the all-time school leader in career home runs with 29. In his career, Norman tallied 187 hits, 44 doubles, eight triples and drove in 137 RBIs. He also finished his career with 32 stolen bases, a .669 slugging percentage, and .438 on-base percentage. As a senior, he batted nearly .400 (.396) with 16 doubles, 10 home runs and 45 runs batted-in. He set a season-high with 11 home runs and 46 runs batted-in as a sophomore in 2016.
Josh Wine (2013-2016)
Widely considered one of the top defensive center fielders in school history, Josh Wine finished his career with a .975 fielding average and committed just 10 errors as a four-year starter for the Falcons. Wine also got it done at the plate, batting .315 for his career with 18 doubles, one home run and 48 runs batted-in. Wine also scored 103 runs and successfully stole 45 bases during his standout career.
Johnny Kesling (2017)
Johnny Kesling became the second player in Fairmont State baseball history to earn NCAA All-American (honorable mention) honors after leading the Falcons with a .396 batting average with eight home runs and 57 runs batted-in during the 2017 season. Kesling also totaled 12 doubles, a triple and compiled a .628 slugging percentage that season. Kesling ranked second in the league in batting average and runs batted-in and third in on-base percentage and slugging percentage during the 2017 regular season. Kesling was also a first team All-MEC and All-Atlantic Region selection as a DH.
Phil Longnecker (2013-2016)
Phil Longnecker batted .321 in his career with three home runs and 48 runs batted-in after serving as a three-year starter in the infield for the Falcons. His career was highlighted by a .386 batting average and .517 slugging percentage in 2013 as a freshman. That season he hit eight doubles, three home runs and 20 RBIs – setting season-highs in each category. In addition, he also tallied 63 runs scored in his career and notched 23 stolen bases.
Ben Myers (2017-2018)
Ben Myers was a two-time All-Mountain East Conference selection as an outfielder under head coach Phil Caruso in 2017 and 2018. He batted over .300 in both of his seasons wearing the maroon and white, including .350 as a junior. In 95 career starts, Myers tallied 109 hits, 26 doubles, five home runs and drove home 60 RBIs. He also finished his career with a .466 slugging percentage, .430 on-base percentage and a .947 fielding percentage.
Jacob Whitmore (2014-2017)
Jacob Whitmore was a 2017 All-Mountain East Conference selection as an outfielder for the Falcons. During his four-year career, Whitmore started 144 games and made 159 total appearances for the Falcons, finishing his career with a .311 batting average with five home runs and 77 runs batted-in. He also scored 93 total runs in his career and tallied 44 stolen bases. As a senior in 2017, Whitmore batted .330 with a career-high three home runs and 33 runs batted-in. He also had a career-best .438 slugging percentage in 2017.
Will Brown (2019-current)
In the past two seasons with the Falcons, Will Brown has a 6-4 overall record with 104 strikeouts. In 2019 as a junior transfer, Brown finished the season with a 6-2 record and 4.26 ERA. That season he made 16 appearances and 11 starts and struck out 79 total batters. He allowed 33 total runs that season and opposing batters hit just .251 against him. For his efforts he earned second team All-MEC honors in 2019 and still has one more year of eligibility remaining in 2021.
Ryan Fenwick (2011-2014)
Ryan Fenwick, a 2011 All-WVIAC selection, was a four-year member of the Fairmont State pitching staff and wrapped up his career with a 4.68 ERA and 129 strikeouts. As a senior in 2014, he turned in a career-low 3.63 ERA with seven complete games, 69.1 innings pitched and a career-best 49 strikeouts. A season earlier, he allowed a career-low 16 earned runs in nine total appearances.
Tyler Kincaid (2010-2013)
Tyler Kincaid was a four-year member of the FSU pitching staff from 2010-2013. For his career he made 40 starts and 51 career appearances, totaling a 5.67 ERA and 196 career strikeouts. His career was highlighted by a 6-4 record and 4.04 ERA in 2012. That season he also totaled a career-best 73 strikeouts in 75.2 innings pitched. For his efforts, Kincaid earn honorable mention All-WVIAC honors following the 2012 season.
Michael Stout (2016-2019)
Michael Stout, a three-time first team All-MEC selection and two-time MEC Pitcher of the Year, led the Fairmont State pitching staff as one of the most dominant pitchers in NCAA Division II during his junior and senior seasons. As a senior, Stout had a 2.18 ERA and a 7-1 record on the hill for the Falcons. He finished the season tied for the team lead with 74 strikeouts and allowed just 15 earned runs on the year. He also allowed just 10 walks as a senior. As a junior, Stout earned All-America honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and D2CCA after recording an 8-3 record and 1.68 ERA. Stout’s ERA was the best in conference history and ranked 11th in NCAA Division II in 2018. He finished his career with a record of 24-10 at Fairmont State, including a 24-7 record over his final three seasons.
Nick Mayle (2011-2014)
As one of the top closers in school history, Nick Mayle wrapped up his career with an 11-7 record and 20 career saves. In 103.2 innings pitched, Mayle had a career ERA of 4.17 and also allowed just 48 earned runs in his career. He also tallied 93 career strikeouts and recorded seven saves in both his junior and senior seasons. Mayle earned honorable mention All-Conference honors in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Houston Morris (2016-2019)
Houston Morris earned All-Mountain East Conference honors as a senior in 2019 after recording a career-high five saves in 14 total appearances for the Falcons as a reliever. His career record of 9-3 was highlighted by a 3-0 mark in 2017 and a 4-1 mark in 2018. During his career, Morris made 54 total appearances as a reliever and recorded a career 4.10 ERA with 50 runs allowed (38 earned) and 83 strikeouts.