May 7, 2008

W&L Baseball Nabs Four All-ODAC Selections

SALEM, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) announced its baseball all-conference awards on Wednesday and Washington and Lee had two players receive first-team honors, one player earn second-team accolades and one player was named to the honorable mention squad. Additionally, senior rightfielder James Madden (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) was named the ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for baseball.

Madden was also selected to the second team, while junior centerfielder Terrence McKelvey (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip) and sophomore catcher Will Lewis (Columbia, S.C./A.C. Flora) were tabbed to the first team. Sophomore first baseman Hunter Serenbetz (Stamford, Conn./Taft School) was an honorable-mention selection. Additionally, senior catcher Dan Harris (Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley) was named to the All-ODAC Sportsmanship Team.

An ODAC and W&L Scholar-Athlete, Madden owns a grade-point-average in excess of 3.8, while majoring in both Spanish and American history. He was also inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society this fall. On the diamond, Madden started all 34 games in 2008 and owned a .341 batting average (45-132). He also racked up a team-best 13 doubles, a school-record seven triples and three homeruns, along with 36 RBI. A four-year letterwinner and Second Team All-ODAC and Honorable Mention All-Region pick as a sophomore, he concludes his career as W&L's all-time leader in triples (16).

McKelvey led the Generals from the plate with a .407 batting average and a team-high 57 hits (57-140) en route to earning first-team all-conference honors. He started all 34 contests this season and totaled six doubles, a school-record seven triples and a team-high five homeruns. McKelvey also added 28 RBI and had a .657 slugging percentage.

Lewis started 33 contests in 2008, alternating between catcher and designated hitter. He paced the Generals with 40 RBI, while batting .385 (45-117) and registering 12 doubles and one homerun.

Serenbetz played in 33 contests with 32 starts, batting .364 (47-129) and notching 12 doubles, three homeruns and 28 RBI.

A four-year letterwinner, Harris played in 15 contests with six starts in 2008. He totaled a .345 batting average (10-29), along with four doubles and four RBI.

Lynchburg senior shortstop Ronnie LaBrie was named the ODAC Player of the Year, while Randolph-Macon head coach, Ray Hedrick earned the conference Coach of the Year award. Virginia Wesleyan College’s Gary Bulman and Randolph-Macon’s Byron Mendenhall were tabbed both co-pitchers and co-rookies of the year.

The Generals completed the 2008 season with a 22-12 record, marking their 10th-straight winning campaign. The program also notched over 20 wins for the sixth season in that last 10 years. 

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