Four Diamond Royals Earn All-ODAC Honors

Four Diamond Royals Earn All-ODAC Honors

The EMU Diamond Royals had four men recognized as All-ODAC this season after the team matched the program record for conference wins and earned a conference tournament berth.

Sophomore Ray Tricarico (Culpeper, Va./Eastern View) and freshman Jordan Jones (Saxe, Va./Randolph Henry) were both named to the All-ODAC Second Team while sophomore Jaylon Lee (Newport News, Va./Denbigh) and freshman Connor Lutz (Colonial Beach, Va./Colonial Beach) earned All-ODAC Third Team honors.

Tricarico claimed the team batting title hitting .409 on the season while driving in 22 runs with eight doubles, a triple, and a home run. Most of his damage came in conference play where he batted .490 and scored 14 runs. The catcher set the tone defensively holding a .991 fielding percentage and threw out nine runners from behind the plate while stealing five bases himself.

Jones became the table setter at the top of the order for the Royals after finding his way into the lineup just as conference play began. He batted .352 on the year and .351 in conference while coming around to score 23 times to rank fifth in the ODAC. Jones led conference play with 13 stolen bases in 22 games and the team high 15 on the season. Playing both corner outfield positions, he had two assists and a .968 fielding percentage.

Lee was a threat to hit the ball over the left field scoreboard at the EMU Baseball Field every time he stepped up to the plate. Hitting 10 home runs on the season (eight at home) is the most by a Royal since 2006 and ties the program record for fifth most in a season. Lee's home run totals finished second overall and tied for second in ODAC play with five. He finished fourth in RBIs with 42 while batting .320, hitting 10 doubles and four triples. Lee consistently made plays in center field racking up five assists with a .976 field percentage.

Lutz appeared in 10 conference games, 8 of which were starts to finish with the fifth most innings pitched in ODAC play with 52.2 and posted a 3.45 ERA which was seventh best among qualified ODAC pitchers. He gave the Royals a chance to win each time he took the mound as they had an 8-3 record in games Lutz started this season earning him a 4-2 record. This tied him for the team lead in wins which included a complete game at Virginia Wesleyan while also adding a save. The freshman compiled 35 strikeouts and only walked seven in 63.1 total innings pitched.

Finishing with a record of 10-12 in conference placed the EMU Diamond Royals into the ODAC Tournament for the second time since 2002. Five of the top-six team at bat leaders were freshmen or sophomores as they look towards building on the year's success.

Listed below are the 2019 All-ODAC Baseball Awards.  For more information, visit any of the participating schools' websites, or go to the ODAC's home on the Internet at www.odaconline.com.

OLD DOMINION ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
2019 All-ODAC Baseball Awards

ODAC Player of the Year: Mike Nickles | Jr. | 3B | Randolph-Macon
ODAC Pitcher of the Year: Nick Roth | Sr. | SP | Randolph-Macon
ODAC Coach of the Year: Ray Hedrick | Randolph-Macon
ODAC Rookie of the Year: Garrett Jackson | Fy. | 3B/P | Lynchburg
ODAC/Va. Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete: Jack Howard | Sr. | 3B | Roanoke

ALL-ODAC FIRST TEAM

Nick Roth                          Starting Pitcher               Sr.         Randolph-Macon

Michael Zubovich               Starting Pitcher               Jr.          Randolph-Macon

Kevin Ledford                    Relief Pitcher                   So.        Roanoke

Tim Ortega                        Catcher                          Jr.          Ferrum

Jordan McDonough             First Base                       Sr.         Virginia Wesleyan

Chase Counts                     Second Base                   Jr.          Hampden-Sydney

Mike Nickles                       Third Base                      Jr.          Randolph-Macon

Jacob Talley                       Shortstop                        Jr.          Bridgewater

Shawn Nickles                    Outfielder                       Jr.          Randolph-Macon

Ben Sexton                        Outfielder                       Sr.          Emory & Henry

Will Smith                          Outfielder                       So.         Roanoke

Matthew Spagnolo              Designated Hitter             Jr.          Hampden-Sydney

Jacob Pilarski                     Utility                              Jr.          Virginia Wesleyan

                                          

ALL-ODAC SECOND TEAM

Drew Calohan                    Starting Pitcher               Jr.          Ferrum

Hunter Campbell                Starting Pitcher               Jr.          Lynchburg

Gerard DePhillips                Relief Pitcher                  Jr.          Shenandoah

Ray Tricarico                    Catcher                         So.         Eastern Mennonite

Tyler Blevins                      First Base                       Sr.          Hampden-Sydney

Jeff Butler                         Second Base                   Sr.          Randolph-Macon

Kyle Anstice                       Third Base                      Jr.          Ferrum

Robert Marcelle                  Shortstop                        Sr.         Shenandoah

Jacob Bartlett                    Outfielder                        Jr.          Hampden-Sydney

Josh Greenway                  Outfielder                        So.         Ferrum

Jordan Jones                   Outfielder                       Fy.         Eastern Mennonite

Cameron Stanley               Designated Hitter             Sr.          Bridgewater

Mitchell Stumpo                 Utility                             Sr.          Guilford

                                          

ALL-ODAC THIRD TEAM

Connor Lutz                     Starting Pitcher               Fy.          Eastern Mennonite

Chase Mayberry                Starting Pitcher                  Jr.            Hampden-Sydney

Noah Collins                      Relief Pitcher                     Sr.           Ferrum

Santiago Meneses              Relief Pitcher                     So.          Lynchburg

Gavin Kandrick                  Catcher                             So.          Roanoke

Nathaniel Anthony             First Base                          Sr.           Ferrum

Tristan Baker                     Second Base                     Sr.           Shenandoah

Jack Howard                      Third Base                        Sr.           Roanoke

Brady Fallon                       Shortstop                         Sr.           Virginia Wesleyan

Jaylon Lee                        Outfielder                        So.          Eastern Mennonite

Ryan Monson                     Outfielder                          Jr.           Washington and Lee

Keegan Woolford                Outfielder                          Jr.           Shenandoah

Corbin Hockensmith           Designated Hitter               Jr.           Emory & Henry

Kinston Carson                  Utility                                Gr.          Lynchburg