January 30, 2014

W&L Baseball Picked Seventh in ODAC Preseason Poll

FOREST, Va. — The Old Dominion Athletic Conference released its 2014 baseball preseason coaches' poll on Thursday, and Washington and Lee was picked to finish in a tie for seventh out of 11 schools with 46 points.

Bridgewater received eight first-place votes as part of 98 total points to take the top spot in the poll. Shenandoah picked up one top nod towards 88 tallies, just three points clear of Randolph-Macon in third. The defending-champion Yellow Jackets totaled the remaining two first-place votes and 85 points.

Lynchburg was picked fourth with 65 points, while Hampden-Sydney claimed fifth (62). Roanoke was one spot ahead of the Generals and Guilford with 49 points. Virginia Wesleyan (33), Eastern Mennonite (23) and Emory & Henry (10) took the final three spots in the poll.

W&L finished the 2013 season 19-17 overall and 11-9 in the ODAC. The Generals secured the fourth seed in the conference tournament, but were eventually eliminated by third-seeded Hampden-Sydney, 6-5, in 11 innings.

The Blue and White returns 19 players from last year's squad, including two All-ODAC honorees in senior pitcher Nate Plein (El Cajon, Calif./St. Augustine) and junior outfielder Drew Weprinsky (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster). Plein earned second team recognition after finishing 2013 with a 5-1 record. He registered a 3.71 ERA, 54 strikeouts and one save in 63.0 innings pitched.

Weprinsky also received second team accolades as he tied for the ODAC lead in batting average at .420. He totaled 50 hits in 119 at bats and recorded eight doubles, one triple, 20 runs and 31 RBI. He is also on a 28-game hitting streak, dating back to February 24, 2013.

The Generals open the season on Sunday, February 9, at Greensboro for a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 pm.

2014 ODAC BASEBALL PRESEASON POLL
(#) Denotes first place votes

1. Bridgewater (8)

98 pts.

2. Shenandoah (1)

88 pts.

3. Randolph-Macon (2)

85 pts.

4. Lynchburg

65 pts.

5. Hampden-Sydney

62 pts.

6. Roanoke

49 pts.

7. Guilford

46 pts.

7. Washington and Lee

46 pts.

9. Virginia Wesleyan

33 pts.

10. Eastern Mennonite

23 pts.

11. Emory & Henry

10 pts.

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