April 20, 2011

Five Generals Earn All-ODAC Baseball Honors

FOREST, Va. – Senior righthander Gregg Laswell (Houston, Texas/Memorial) was named the ODAC Pitcher of the Year as the Old Dominion Athletic Conference handed out its postseason awards on Wednesday afternoon. Five Washington and Lee players were honored in all.

Laswell was joined on the All-ODAC first team by sophomore designated hitter Will Salley (Augusta, Ga./Westside), while junior outfielder C.J. Thompson (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Nease) and sophomore shortstop Jonathan Stutts (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) were both named to the all-conference second team and sophomore righthander Ian Shaw (Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood) was named to the honorable mention squad.

Entering the ODAC Tournament, Laswell has posted an overall record of 4-1 with three saves and an ERA of 2.37 in 57.0 innings. He has recorded 58 strikeouts to just 11 walks while limiting opponents to a league-low .181 average at the plate. His 58 punchouts are tied for the league lead and he ranks in the Top 5 in the conference in ERA, saves, hits allowed (37), and runs allowed (16). He becomes the second General to earn the ODAC Pitcher of the Year award since Peter Dean '04 won the inaugural award in 2004.

Salley, who split time at catcher and designated hitter, wrapped up the regular season as the Generals' top hitter with a .414 batting average while banging out a team-best 41 base hits. He started 28 of a possible 29 games and led W&L with 10 doubles while clubbing one home run, scoring 28 runs and driving in 18. He also drew 19 walks against just seven strikeouts. His .414 average at the plate was good for third in the league, his .532 on-base percentage was good for second and his .592 slugging percentage was the fourth-best mark in the ODAC.

Thompson earned second team laurels after hitting .345 on the year, including .463 in league play. He hit three doubles, two triples, scored 13 runs and drove in 13 while appearing in 23 contests. His .517 slugging percentage was second to only Salley on the team.

Stutts, one of just two Generals to start all 29 games, made the second team after posting a .331 batting average in a team-high 118 at-bats. He led W&L and placed in the Top 5 in the ODAC with 34 runs scored. He tied for the team lead with 15 extra-base hits (8 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR) and his 27 RBIs were the most on the team.

Rounding out the Generals' honorees was Shaw, who established himself as a valuable member of the W&L pitching staff in his second season. He logged 35.2 innings in 12 appearances, including four starts, en route to a 3-3 record. One the season, he posted a 2.78 ERA and had 25 strikeouts compared to seven walks.

Player of the Year honors went to Guilford senior first baseman Kyle Wooden, while Lynchburg pitcher James Womack was named the Rookie of the Year. Bridgewater head coach Curt Kendall garnered Coach of the year accolades, and Virginia Wesleyan sophomore outfielder Pike Brynildsen was recognized as the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete.

W&L, which enters the ODAC Tournament as the No. 3 seed after posting a 12-6 conference record (15-14 overall), begins its quest for a second ODAC Championship in the last three years when it takes on No. 4 Randolph-Macon (17-17, 11-7) on Wednesday at 7:00 pm at Lynchburg City Stadium.

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