CHICAGO – David Gunst, a standout middle infielder out ofNew PalestineHigh School in New Palestine, Ind., has recently signed a letter of intent to continue both his athletic and academic career at Saint Xavier University as a member of the Cougar baseball program. As a senior at New Palestine, Gunst posted a .543 batting average with seven home runs, 32 runs batted in and 49 runs scored, one of the best individual seasons in the high school’s storied baseball history. He played under Al Cooper at New Palestine, who coached his final season with the Dragons this past spring.
Gunst is the son of Daron and Teri Gunst of New Palestine. The Dragons won four consecutive Hoosier Heritage Conference titles, three sectional titles (2008-10) and a regional championship (2010) during Gunst’s playing career. As the starting shortstop, he led his team in several statistical categories, including extra-base hits (17), hits (50), on-base percentage (.615) and slugging percentage (.902). The Dragons finished the 2011 campaign with a 24-4 mark and were ranked No. 2 in Class 3A by the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association. Following the season, Gunst was named the Indianapolis Star’s All-East Player of the Year.
"We are thrilled to have David join our program," said Mike Dooley, head baseball coach at Saint Xavier University. "He is extremely talented both offensively and defensively and comes from a great high school program where winning is the norm. Saint Xavier has its own rich history of baseball success, so I don’t think he will have any problem making a smooth transition."