February 1, 2013

W&L Baseball Picked Seventh in ODAC Preseason Poll

FOREST, Va. — The Old Dominion Athletic Conference released its 2013 baseball preseason coaches’ poll on Friday, and Washington and Lee was picked seventh out of 11 schools with 48 points.

Bridgewater garnered the top spot with four first-place votes and 92 points. Defending league champion Lynchburg was second and just one point behind the Eagles with four first-place votes and 91 points. New to the ODAC in 2013, Shenandoah debuts in the third position with 90 points and the remaining three top votes. Randolph-Macon (71) and Guilford (58) round out the Top 5.

Hampden-Sydney was picked sixth (52) and Virginia Wesleyan was one spot behind the Generals in eighth (34). Emory & Henry (30), Roanoke (22) and Eastern Mennonite (17) take the final three spots in the poll.

W&L finished the 2012 season 15-19 overall and 8-10 in the ODAC, finishing one spot out of the conference tournament. The Generals return 24 players, highlighted by senior shortstop Jonathan Stutts (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day). Stutts, a First Team All-ODAC selection last year, started all 34 games at shortstop and batted .402 with 11 doubles, three triples and five home runs, to go along with 25 runs batted in and 26 runs scored. His .500 on-base percentage led the conference, while his .644 slugging percentage ranked fourth in the league.

Head coach Jeff Stickley returns for his 27th season at the helm of the Generals. The four-time ODAC Coach of the Year (1996, 1999, 2003, 2009) is 19 victories away from 400 in his career. 

The Generals open the 2013 season at home against Rochester (Mich.) for a doubleheader on Saturday, February 9, at 12:00 pm.

2013 ODAC BASEBALL PRESEASON POLL
(#) denotes first place votes

1. Bridgewater (4)

92 pts.

2. Lynchburg (4)

91 pts.

3. Shenandoah (3)

90 pts.

4. Randolph-Macon

71 pts.

5. Guilford

58 pts.

6. Hampden-Sydney

52 pts.

7. Washington and Lee

48 pts.

8. Virginia Wesleyan

34 pts.

9. Emory & Henry

30 pts.

10. Roanoke

22 pts.

11. Eastern Mennonite

17 pts.

 

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