April 26, 2013

W&L Baseball Garners Six All-ODAC Honors

LEXINGTON, Va. — The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced its baseball all-conference awards on Friday, and Washington and Lee had six players honored.

Senior shortstop Jonathan Stutts (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day), senior catcher Alex Mait (Chesterfield, Va./Clover Hill) and senior first baseman Alex Maragos (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) all made the first team. Junior starting pitcher Nate Plein (El Cajon, Calif./St. Augustine) and sophomore outfielder Drew Weprinsky (Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood) garnered second team honors, and senior starting pitcher Ian Shaw (Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood) earned third team accolades.

The All-ODAC honor was the third for Stutts and the first for the other five Generals. Stutts garnered second team honors his sophomore year and made the first team last season. This year he has a .408 average (second in the ODAC) and has played in 32 games.

He is tied for the conference lead with eight home runs. He also has 39 runs (third in ODAC), eight doubles, three triples (fifth in ODAC), 20 walks, four stolen bases, a .494 on-base percentage (second in ODAC) and a .700 slugging percentage (first in ODAC). Stutts currently has a 21-game hitting streak and has 186 career hits, which is two hits away from becoming the all-time leader at W&L.

Mait has played in 29 games for W&L, while hitting .323. He has five doubles, two home runs, 16 RBI, 16 runs and 10 walks. Mait also did not commit an error in 108 total chances with only seven passed balls. Maragos has continued to get better every season, and this year he had his best one yet. He is batting .354 with seven homers (fourth in ODAC), nine doubles, two triples, 36 RBI (third in ODAC), 27 runs, a .400 on-base percentage and a .615 slugging percentage (fifth in ODAC). He also has a .994 fielding percentage, after making only two errors this year.  

Weprinsky leads the team with a 26-game hitting streak, and has an ODAC-best .427 batting average. He has recorded a hit in every game he has started, playing 27 total. Weprinksy also has eight doubles, a triple, 14 RBI and 19 runs. He has yet to make an error this season in 28 total chances.

Plein leads the team in ERA at 3.41, which is 13th best in the conference. He is 6-1 this year, which marks the third most wins in the ODAC. He has made 13 appearances with nine starts. Plein has thrown 58.0 innings and struck out 50 batters (eighth in ODAC), while only issuing 16 walks. He came on and got the final four outs against Shenandoah on Thursday to record the first save of his collegiate career.

Shaw has been the top starter for W&L this season and leads the team with 11 starts. He is 7-2 (second most wins in the ODAC) in 73.0 innings. He has thrown one complete game, struck out 37 and has a 3.95 ERA. Shaw has appeared in 13 games.

Junior Nick Fulk of Bridgewater was named the Player of the Year, Martin Henderlite of Lynchburg was the Pitcher of the Year, Curt Kendall of Bridgewater was the Coach of the Year, Mitchell Keeler of Randolph-Macon was the Rookie of the Year and John Macon Smith of Guilford was the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete.

The Generals continue play in the ODAC Tournament on Friday against fifth-seeded Randolph-Macon at 6:00 pm in Lynchburg at City Stadium.

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