Virginia Wesleyan designated hitter Mike Marion and Hampden-Sydney third baseman Matt Brown collected a pair of All-America awards over the past week. Marion was selected as a First Team All-American by both the ABCA and D3baseball.com. Brown was tabbed for the second team by D3baseball.com and third team by the ABCA.
With the game tied at two each, Salisbury tagged three runs on the board in the sixth, before notching a total of seven runs in three innings to knock the Bridgewater Eagles baseball out of the NCAA South Regional Championships at Methodist University by a 9-2 tally. Bridgewater ends the season with a 23-20-1 record after winning the program's 13th ODAC Championship.
The USA South Champion No. 9 Shenandoah Hornets (35-8) scored in six of their eight innings at the plate while the Bridgewater Eagles offense was held in check as the Eagles fell by an 11-1 tally in the opening game of the 2010 NCAA Division III South Region Championships at Methodist University. BC will now face Salisbury in an elimination game on Thursday at 11:00 a.m.
Bridgewater will be the only representative from the ODAC in the NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament, as announced in the NCAA regional pairings release on Monday. The Eagles earned their place in the NCAA field by winning the ODAC tournament title. Regional play begins on Friday, May 28.
Three ODAC baseball players added honors to their résumés over the past week as CoSIDA announced its academic all-district teams. Virginia Wesleyan's Max Axelrod headlines the list as he was named to the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 3 First Team. Bridgewater's Drew Elkins and Guilford's Alex Starbuck were tabbed to the second team.
Randolph-Macon and Hampden-Sydney each put three players on the All-ODAC First Team as part of the 2010 ODAC Baseball All-Conference Teams. Virginia Wesleyan designated hitter, Mike Marion, was selected as the ODAC Player of the Year, and Randolph-Macon hurler Kyle Hicks was tabbed the ODAC Pitcher of the Year in a vote of the leagues head coaches.
Bridgewater College knew it had to win twice on Sunday to go home with some hardware, and the Eagles came through as they beat Lynchburg College in both the scheduled championship game and the double-elimination "if necessary" game. Casey Hartman (above) fired seven innings to propel BC to the win.
Brad and J.J. sit down to talk more championships as the spring title season reaches a full glimmer. Seven championships are slated for action over the weekend, so there is plenty of material to cover. Bridgewater baseball coach Curt Kendall and Guilford softball coach Dennis Shores chime in to talk about their respective programs and upcoming tournaments.
The pairings are set for the 2010 ODAC Baseball Tournament with a new team atop those qualified. Bridgewater College (19-17-1 overall, 14-4 ODAC) enters as the top seed despite its season ending loss to Lynchburg College in a replay of the 14 inning affair that ended in a tie a few weeks earlier.
Lynchburg College pitcher Ryan McDonough picked up the national weekly pitcher award from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). McDonough tossed a no-hitter in a 2-0 win over Immaculata University, becoming the first Hornet to post a no-no in 28 years. McDonough needed only 89 pitches to complete the feat.
Lynchburg garnered top billing in the first ODAC preseason poll of the spring as the leagues coaches tabbed the Hornets atop the annual baseball survey. Lynchburg received 90 total poll points and four first place votes. Virginia Wesleyan and Randolph-Macon sit tight in second and third with 81 and 80 points, respectively. The Yellow Jackets earned three top nods.
Following a week off for the holidays, the ODAC Podcast returns with plenty of happenings from across the league and nation. Lynchburg women's soccer is set to challenge for the D-III title in San Antonio, and basketball is in full stride. EMU's Kirby Dean (above) provided insight into his team's hot start and the league as a whole.