SIOUX CITY - Morningside College head baseball coach Brian Drent announced Chris Eckstaine enrolled at Morningside over the semester break and will compete for the Mustangs during the upcoming 2013 season.
Eckstaine, a pitcher from Le Mars, is a transfer from Iowa Western Community College.
Eckstaine is a 2012 graduate of Le Mars Community High School, where he earned second-team Class 3A all-state honors from the Iowa Newspaper Association and the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association after he went 8-1 with a 0.82 earned run average last summer.
Eckstaine held the opposition to a .138 batting average and overpowered opposing hitters with 62 strikeouts in 51 innings pitched.
He allowed 32 hits and walked 26 batters. Offensively he hit .302 with four doubles, three home runs, and 24 RBIs.
Morningside posted a 37-21 record last season and finished second in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) standings with a 13-7 league record in its first season under Drent.
The Mustangs will open the 2013 campaign with a doubleheader against Judson College on Friday, Feb. 8, in the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn.