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Hampden-Sydney Picked 5th In ODAC Baseball Preseason Coaches' Poll

Tyler Blevins
Tyler Blevins

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- Hampden-Sydney College has been picked to finish fifth in the 2019 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Baseball Preseason Coaches' Poll.  The Tigers, who finished 17-21 overall and 10-10 in the ODAC for fifth-place last year, garnered 76 points for fifth among the 12 schools.

Randolph-Macon College was picked first with 119 points, ahead of Shenandoah University (110), Roanoke College (96), Virginia Wesleyan University (95) and H-SC.  Randolph-Macon received nine first-place votes, while Shenandoah got two first-place votes and Roanoke gained the other first-place vote.

Hampden-Sydney returns 20 lettermen, including seven position starters, along with eight pitchers.  The Tigers have added 12 newcomers to the team this season.  Captains for this spring are seniors Cory Allgood/Chester, Tyler Blevins/Draper and Trent Jacobs/Farmville as well as junior Matthew Spagnolo/Glen Allen.  Allgood, a utility player, has played in 21 games during his career with six runs, six RBIs, three stolen bases and a .979 fielding percentage.  Blevins, a first basemen, hit .292 in 2018 with two triples, six doubles, 18 runs, 18 RBIs and a stolen base.  Jacobs, a left-handed relief pitcher, made 10 appearances last year with 11.0 innings and seven strikeouts (5.73).  Spagnolo, an outfielder, hit .351 a year ago with one home run, one triple, a team-best nine doubles, 16 runs, 11 RBIs and three stolen bases.

Among the returning players are juniors Andrew Kasiski/Chesapeake and Jonathan Triesler/Chesterfield, each All-ODAC Third Team selections a year ago.  Kasiski, a catcher/infielder, hit .333 last season with one home run, two doubles, 20 runs, 18 RBIs and two stolen bases.  Triesler, a shortstop and right-handed pitcher, hit .320 in 2018 with three home runs, eight doubles, 23 runs, 24 RBIs and four stolen bases.  On the mound, he made 13 appearances with three starts, 29.0 innings and 22 strikeouts (6.83) while posting a 3-1 record with a 4.03 earned run average and three saves.

Other top returners include junior Chase Counts/Virginia Beach, junior Jacob Bartlett/Chesterfield, sophomore Ryan Clawson/Moseley, junior Chase Mayberry/Appomattox and sophomore Bradford Webb/Charlotte Court House.  Counts, a middle infielder, hit a team-best .385 a year ago with one home run, two triples, six doubles, 20 runs, 21 RBIs and a team-best seven stolen bases.  Bartlett, an outfielder, hit .298 last spring with one triple, five doubles, a team-best 28 runs, 18 RBIs and six stolen bases.  Clawson, a third basemen, hit .253 last season with one home run, four doubles, 13 runs, 17 RBIs and two stolen bases.  Mayberry, a right-handed pitcher, made 11 appearances last spring with eight starts, 43.1 innings and 37 strikeouts (7.68) while posting a 2-3 record with a 4.15 ERA.  Webb, a right-handed relief pitcher, made 12 appearances in 2018 with 15.1 innings and 19 strikeouts (11.15) while posting a 0-1 record with one save.

Hampden-Sydney is coached by 15th-year head coach Jeff Kinne, assisted by Billy Catron (11th year) and Robbie Bailey '10 (fifth year), along with volunteer assistant J.R. Allen and student assistant Charles Murrah.

Hampden-Sydney will open the 2019 campaign with a non-conference doubleheader on the road at William Peace University on Saturday, February 16, at 12 p.m. in Raleigh, North Carolina.  The Tigers will host William Peace for the three-game series finale the next day on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 1 p.m. at Yank Bernier Field at the Ty Cobb Ballpark - Wurdeman Stadium.

The complete ODAC Baseball Preseason Poll, including picks six through 12, is below.  The official ODAC release can be found online.

2019 ODAC BASEBALL PRESEASON POLL

(#) Denotes First Place Votes

1. Randolph-Macon College (9)

119 pts.

2. Shenandoah University (2)

110 pts.

3. Roanoke College (1)

96 pts.

4. Virginia Wesleyan University

95 pts.

5. Hampden-Sydney College

76 pts.

6. Ferrum College

71 pts.

7. University of Lynchburg

57 pts.

8. Washington and Lee University

46 pts.

9. Bridgewater College

42 pts.

10. Guilford College

38 pts.

11. Eastern Mennonite University

24 pts.

12. Emory & Henry College

18 pts.