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|
|Danny Devereux||RP||So.||Washington and Lee|
|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|
|Damon Frazier||UT||Jr.||Eastern Mennonite|
|ALL-ODAC SECOND TEAM|
|Patrick Monteverde||SP||Fr.||Virginia Wesleyan|
|Nick Roth III||SP||So.||Randolph-Macon|
|Kyle Mathews||1B||Sr.||Eastern Mennonite|
|Brandon Kussmaul||SS||Jr.||Virginia Wesleyan|
|Anderson Baldy||DH||Sr.||Washington and Lee|
|ALL-ODAC THIRD TEAM|
|Logan Forster||1B||So.||Emory & Henry|
|Jimmy Ziemke||3B||Fr.||Virginia Wesleyan|
|Josh Macek||OF||Jr.||Emory & Henry|
|Kyle Ruedisili||OF||Jr.||Washington and Lee|
|Ben Sexton||OF||So.||Emory & Henry|