W&L's Strong and Lewis Honored by ODAC

W&L's Strong and Lewis Honored by ODAC

SALEM, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced its 2010 baseball all-conference teams on Wednesday afternoon and Washington and Lee had a pair of players honored.

Sophomore righthander Roger Strong (Spencerport, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit) was named to the all-conference second team, while senior catcher Will Lewis (Columbia, S.C./A.C. Flora) was named to the honorable mention squad.

A starting pitcher, Strong won his first four decisions of the season en route to finishing with a 4-2 record on the year to tie for the team lead in wins. He posted a 3.28 ERA in 10 starts and was second on the team with 49.1 innings pitched. His 3.28 ERA was good for sixth in the ODAC. For the season, he surrendered 23 runs (18 earned) on 53 hits and 17 walks with 32 strikeouts, while limiting opponents to just a .277 batting average-against. This is the first all-conference citation of his career.

Lewis, who was a first team all-conference pick in 2008, led the Generals with a .403 batting average (48-119) that was good for 10th in the conference. He also led W&L with nine doubles and tied for second on the team with 23 RBIs. For his career, Lewis finished third all-time at W&L in runs batted in (102) and walks (66), while finishing fourth all-time in batting average (.366) and hits (170).
Mike Marion of Virginia Wesleyan was tabbed as the ODAC Player of the Year, while Kyle Hicks of Randolph-Macon was named the conference’s Pitcher of the Year. Jeff Kinne of Hampden-Sydney took home Coach of the Year honors, Brock Shiflett of Lynchburg was named the league’s top rookie and Max Axelrod of Virginia Wesleyan was the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Washington and Lee wrapped up its season last Sunday, falling to Lynchburg College, 8-3, in the ODAC Tournament. W&L posted a final record of 14-19.