W&L Baseball Grabs ODAC Postseason Honors

SALEM, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced its all-conference baseball team on Wednesday and Washington and Lee had several players honored, including senior centerfielder Terrence McKelvey (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip), who collected the league’s Player of the Year and the ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete of the Year accolades. Also, Head Coach Jeff Stickley was named Coach of the Year.

McKelvey was also tabbed to the first team and was joined by junior shortstop John Ditore (Seattle, Wash./Bishop Blanchet). Senior pitcher Brendan Clark (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery) and sophomore rightfielder Anthony Cardona (Lower Gwynedd, Pa./Chestnut Hill) both garnered second team laurels, while senior second baesman Byron Peyster (Washington, D.C./Maret) was an Honorable Mention All-ODAC selection.

For McKelvey, this marked the second-straight season that he has been named First Team All-ODAC. He started 29 games and hit .415 on the year to rank third in the ODAC, while his on-base percentage of .507 was good for second in the league. McKelvey is W&L’s all-time leader in batting average (.398) and he ranks in the Top 5 in four other career categories. He is the Generals’ first Player of the Year since Michael Hanson ’03 in 2003.

Ditore earned the first all-conference laurels of his career. He is currently hitting .322 on the year, including a .380 mark in league play, while starting at shortstop in all 35 games this season. He is tied for second on the team with 28 runs scored and has added nine doubles and 22 RBI.

Cardona also earned the first postseason honors of his career, as he was selected to the second team. He has made 34 starts in the outfield and is second on the team with a batting average of .385. His three homeruns and 27 RBI pace\ W&L and he has added 10 doubles and a pair of triples.

Clark became the third General to be honored for the first time with his selection to the second team. Clark, who has split time between the starting rotation and the bullpen, sports a 4-2 record and has recorded three saves in his 13 appearances. His 2.19 ERA leads the ODAC and he has lowered his career mark to 3.37, good for fifth all-time at W&L.

Peyster has started all 35 games at second base for the Generals, posting a .359 batting average and scoring 28 runs en route to being named honorable mention all-conference. His 25 walks are tops in the league while his 26 RBI are good for second on the team.

Stickley was honored as the Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his 23-year career at W&L. This season, he led W&L to a second-consecutive 20-win season and the Generals’ first ODAC Championship and NCAA Tournament berth in school history.

Washington and Lee will take part in the NCAA Regionals, which run from May 13-17. W&L’s first round opponent and the time of the game will be announced by the NCAA on Sunday evening.