Hicks, Marion Headline Baseball Awards
R-MC, H-SC Put Three Each on All-ODAC First Team
SALEM, Va. --- Randolph-Macon College and
Hampden-Sydney College each put three players on the All-ODAC First
Team as part of the 2010 ODAC Baseball All-Conference Teams.
Virginia Wesleyan College designated hitter, Mike Marion, was
selected as the ODAC Player of the Year, and Randolph-Macon hurler
Kyle Hicks was tabbed the ODAC Pitcher of the Year in a vote of the
league’s head coaches.
The Tigers’ Jeff Kinne was honored with the ODAC Coach of the Year award, and Lynchburg College designated hitter, Brock Shiflett, took home ODAC Rookie of the Year honors. VWC’s Max Axelrod was chosen the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year in a vote of the conference’s sports information directors.
Marion, a senior from Springfield, Va., provided the punch to an offense that hit 35 homeruns, second in the ODAC. Marion leads the conference in several categories including hits (61), homers (18), runs batted in (65), slugging percentage (.963) and total bases (130). He finished his season just shy of the Triple Crown with a .452 batting average, second in the ODAC (.458 – Dylan Smith, Eastern Mennonite). Marion hit multiple homeruns in a game five times this season, including three round-trippers to go with seven RBI in a 4-for-6 showing against Roanoke. He hit safely in 29-of-37 games played, registering 23 multi-hit games.
Hicks, a senior from Goochland, Va., buoyed the Yellow Jackets pitching staff with a conference-best 2.15 earned run average. In nine appearances (all starts), he went 6-2 in 54.1 innings of work. He allowed 51 hits and fanned 48 batters while only surrendering 11 free passes. He went six or more innings in six of his starts on his way to a league-leading 6.04 innings pitched per nine innings. He threw a pair of complete games and registered one shutout in a nine-inning gem against Washington and Lee in which he struck out eight Generals. He walked one and gave up six hits in that contest. His .243 batting average against is second in the ODAC.
Kinne completed his sixth season with Hampden-Sydney, and this is his third ODAC top coaching honor, having won the award in 2005 and 2007. His Tigers posted a 23-10-1 overall record and a 13-5 ODAC mark on the way to the third seed in the 2010 ODAC Baseball Tournament. As a team, H-SC’s offense led the ODAC in homeruns (37), triples (19) and slugging percentage (.516). The pitching staff was first in opposing batting average (.287) and second in earned run average (4.95).
Shiflett, a freshman from Richmond, Va., put together a solid first season in the Hill City, posting a .397 batting average for 13th in the ODAC. He has collected 56 hits, good for fifth in the ODAC. He is also fifth in doubles with 14. Shiflett has recorded 18 multi-hit games that include 10 games of three knocks or more. Over the last 10 games of the season, he went 22-for-47 (.468) with seven doubles.
Axelrod, a senior from Chesapeake, Va., starred both in the classroom and on the field for the Marlins. He boasts a 3.95 grade point average in an individualized major developed within the school’s curriculum. He is a Presidential Scholarship recipient, and has been an honoree on the VWC Dean’s List each of four semesters since transferring from the College of William and Mary. He also received the 2009 and 2010 W.B. Schaffer Awards as the male student-athlete with the highest GPA at VWC. On the field, Axelrod hit at a .324 clip with 10 doubles, three triples, two homers and 29 RBI. He is the Marlins’ top man on the base paths as he swiped eight bags in 10 attempts.
Listed below are the complete 2010 ODAC Baseball All-Conference Teams. For more information, visit any of the participating schools’ websites, or go to the ODAC’s home on the Internet at www.odaconline.com.
2010 ODAC BASEBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
Player of the Year: Mike Marion, Virginia Wesleyan
Pitcher of the Year: Kyle Hicks, Randolph-Macon
Coach of the Year: Jeff Kinne, Hampden-Sydney
Rookie of the Year: Brock Shiflett, Lynchburg
ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete: Max Axelrod, Virginia Wesleyan
All-ODAC First Team
Pitcher: Alex Foltz, Bridgewater
Pitcher: Kyle Hicks, Randolph-Macon
Catcher: Jay Lichter, Randolph-Macon
First Base: Justin Hebert, Hampden-Sydney
Second Base: Kevin Davis, Randolph-Macon
Third Base: Matt Brown, Hampden-Sydney
Shortstop: Chris Martin, Hampden-Sydney
Outfield: Andrew Chrismer, Bridgewater
Outfield: Myles Shipp, Virginia Wesleyan
Outfield: Jeff Taylor, Jr., Lynchburg
Designated Hitter: Mike Marion, Virginia Wesleyan
All-ODAC Second Team
Pitcher: Roger Strong, Washington and Lee
Pitcher: John West, Hampden-Sydney
Catcher: Dylan Smith, Eastern Mennonite
First Base: Chris Colquhoun, Lynchburg
Second Base: Kevin Kirk, Bridgewater
Third Base: Alan Moore, Roanoke
Shortstop: Richard Palase, Lynchburg
Outfield: Brian Jordan, Randolph-Macon
Outfield: Blake Stokely, Bridgewater
Outfield: Jeb Weymouth, Randolph-Macon
Designated Hitter: Brock Shiflett, Lynchburg
All-ODAC Honorable Mention
Casey Hartman, Pitcher, Bridgewater
Chris Harpine, Outfield, Eastern Mennonite
Eric Houff, Outfield, Emory & Henry
Alex Starbuck, Outfield, Guilford
Herbie Williams, Outfield, Hampden-Sydney
Ryan Litz, Catcher, Lynchburg
Jordan Walton, First Base, Randolph-Macon
Jay Laramore, First Base, Roanoke
Max Axelrod, Second Base, Virginia Wesleyan
Will Lewis, Catcher, Washington and Lee