published Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Lee University adds four baseball pitchers

Three junior college transfers and right-hander Dakota Fowler from Hartselle, Ala., are new pitching recruits signed by the Lee University baseball program for 2014-15. They will join previously announced Winston Whitener from McCallie School at the NCAA Division II university in Cleveland.

Ridge Ackerman from Lincoln Land Community College in Illinois and fellow right-hander Denis Lyman from Herkimer CC in New York are coming in as juniors; left-hander Bobby Kuntzendorf from Northern Illinois University by way of Guilford Tech in North Carolina has three years of eligibility remaining.

Ackerman was an NJCAA Division II All-American this past season, when he went 10-1 with a 2.12 earned run average and 83 strikeouts in 89 innings. Lee assistant coach and recruiting leader Justin Dedman said Ackerman's fastball reaches 91 mph and he throws "a very good slider and splitter ... but his biggest asset is his toughness."

Lyman was on a New York state champion in high school and reached this year's NJCAA Division III World Series, and Herkimer coach Jason Rathbun said, "His stuff on the mound is electric, and he is a draft prospect with his low-90s fastball."

Guilford Tech coach John Barrow said Kuntzendorf, a two-time high school all-stater in Illinois, "is a competitor and fearless on the mound. He can command both sides of the plate with his fastball as well as his devastating curve."

Fowler helped Hartselle High win the 2013 Alabama state title and went 6-5 with two saves and a 2.59 ERA this season.

"Dakota is a very experienced and accomplished high school pitcher in a terrific program," Dedman said. "He is a competitor who throws three pitches for strikes already."

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