Monteverde Leads All-ODAC Selections

Patrick Monteverde is the first Marlin to receive ODAC Rookie of the Year since 2008. Photo by: Jerry Sprouse - jerrysprouse.photoreflect.com
Patrick Monteverde is the first Marlin to receive ODAC Rookie of the Year since 2008. Photo by: Jerry Sprouse - jerrysprouse.photoreflect.com

Monteverde Leads All-ODAC Selections

FOREST, Va. -- Freshman Patrick Monteverde was named the ODAC Rookie of the Year as the league's annual awards were announced on Thursday. Cole Migliorini of Randolph-Macon College was named ODAC Player of the Year while Colin Morse and Kevin Anderson of Shenandoah University were named ODAC Pitcher and Coach of the Year, respectively. Joe Hall of Eastern Mennonite University garnered ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete accolades.

Monteverde is just the second ODAC Rookie of the Year in program history, joining Gary Bulman who received the honor in 2008.

Monteverde was named to the All-ODAC Second Team, one of just two freshmen to receive the honor. Justin Erby is the lone Marlin on the All-ODAC First Team. Shortstop Brandon Kussmaul joins Monteverde as All-ODAC Second Team, while Jimmy Ziemke garnered All-ODAC Third Team accolades after an impressive season at the hot corner.

Monteverde, a freshman from Pittsburgh, Pa., moved right to the top of VWC's rotation as he went 6-2 overall and 6-1 in league play on the way to posting an overall-best 2.20 ERA. That mark sits at 2.29 in league play, fifth-best among qualifying hurlers. The Marlins' southpaw tossed a league-high 59.0 innings against conference foes (73.2 overall) and fanned the second-most batters (38) while on the hill. His 52 overall punchouts rank third. Monteverde enters the tournament having pitched six or more innings in each of his past five starts, going 4-1 during that span.

Erby consistently found himself third in the Marlin batting order, capitalizing to lead the squad in several major offensive categories. He batted .403, scored 43 runs, drove in 40 more, and connected on five home runs, all team bests. He also stole eight bases and contributed 21 extra-base hits on the year.

Kussmaul had an impressive junior campaign, tying for the team lead with 14 doubles while batting .325. He tied with Erby for the team-lead with four triples. His 35 runs scored were third-most on the team while also driving in 20 batters from the lead-off spot.

Ziemke found a place on the team after batting .349 in ODAC play with 12 runs and eight RBI. Overall, he had a .317 average with 17 runs scored, nine RBI, and four stolen bases. Ziemke was solid in the field as well, posting an .864 fielding percentage.

2017 ALL-ODAC BASEBALL AWARDS
ODAC Player of the Year: Cole Migliorini, Jr., OF, Randolph-Macon
ODAC Pitcher of the Year: Colin Morse, Sr., Shenandoah
ODAC Coach of the Year: Kevin Anderson, Shenandoah
ODAC Rookie of the Year: Patrick Monteverde, Fr., P, Virginia Wesleyan
ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete: Joe Hall, Sr., OF, Eastern Mennonite
       
ALL-ODAC FIRST TEAM
Tom Concklin SP Sr. Washington and Lee
Colin Morse SP Jr. Shenandoah
Danny Devereux RP So. Washington and Lee
Will Hylton C Sr. Lynchburg
Luke Nussman 1B So. Shenandoah
Trevor Denton 2B Jr. Guilford
Ryan Weston 3B Sr. Washington and Lee
Chadwick Feeley SS So. Washington and Lee
Justin Erby OF Sr. Virginia Wesleyan
Joe Hall OF Sr. Eastern Mennonite
Cole Migliorini OF Jr. Randolph-Macon
Jake Loew DH Sr. Shenandoah
Damon Frazier UT Jr. Eastern Mennonite
       
ALL-ODAC SECOND TEAM
Patrick Monteverde SP Fr. Virginia Wesleyan
Nick Roth III SP So. Randolph-Macon
Jonathan Triesler RP Fr. Hampden-Sydney
Dan Cameron C Sr. Shenandoah
Kyle Mathews 1B Sr. Eastern Mennonite
Tristan Baker 2B So. Shenandoah
Stuart Brown 3B Sr. Randolph-Macon
Brandon Kussmaul SS Jr. Virginia Wesleyan
Kenner Berry OF Sr. Bridgewater
Rick Spiers OF Jr. Randolph-Macon
Mitchell Stumpo OF So. Guilford
Anderson Baldy DH Sr. Washington and Lee
Jayson Maitland UT So. Hampden-Sydney
       
ALL-ODAC THIRD TEAM
Gerard DePhillips SP Fr. Shenandoah
Zach Perkins SP Jr. Hampden-Sydney
Michael Bugonowicz RP Jr. Shenandoah
Devin Daugherty C Jr. Hampden-Sydney
Logan Forster 1B So. Emory & Henry
Jeff Butler 2B So. Randolph-Macon
Jimmy Ziemke 3B Fr. Virginia Wesleyan
Jacob Talley SS Fr. Bridgewater
Josh Shepherd SS Jr. Guilford
Josh Macek OF Jr. Emory & Henry
Kyle Ruedisili OF Jr. Washington and Lee
Ben Sexton OF So. Emory & Henry
Luke Rodgers DH Jr. Lynchburg
Collier Donald UT Sr. Roanoke