FOREST, VA-The Hampden-Sydney baseball team tallied 52 points while placing sixth in the ODAC Baseball Preseason Poll.
The top of the Poll is as tightly packed as any season as just two points separate three teams, all of which received first place consideration. Bridgewater College heads the poll after picking up 92 points and four top nods. Lynchburg College sits second, also with four first place tabs towards 91 points. New to the ODAC in 2013, Shenandoah University debuts at the #3 position with 90 points and the remaining three top billings.
Hampden-Sydney finished the 2012 season at 14-27 overall and 8-10 in ODAC play which secured the Tigers a spot in the ODAC Tournament in sixth place. The 2013 squad sees 22 returners from a season ago along with seven seniors. Of those 22, head coach Jeff Kinne returns several key players including pitching ace and 2012 ODAC Rookie of the Year Zach Whitaker (Roanoke, VA/Patrick Henry) and Second Team All-ODAC performers Jeff Gray (Newport News, VA/Menchville) and Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Cosby).
The Tigers open up their season Saturday, February 2 with a home double header against Averett University. The first game is scheduled to start at 12:00 pm.
Below is the entire 2013 Preseason Poll.
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.|