Greensboro, NC -- Six Guilford baseball players earned spots on the All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) teams according to votes of the league's head coaches. Freshman Brian Slate (Thomasville, NC/Wesleyan) won Guilford's first ODAC Rookie of the Year Award and joined senior Andrew Duffy (Trumbull, CT/Trumbull) and junior A.J. McCauley (Pittsburgh, PA/Plum) on the first-team all-league squad. Seniors Brad Franklin (Greensboro, NC/Southern Guilford), Luke Kempton (Greensboro, NC/Page) and R.J. Marks (Browns Summit, NC/Northeast Guilford) received second-team recognition. The Quakers' six award winners ties the school record for most all-conference players honor set a year ago.
Slate led the ODAC with a .420 batting average that beat McCauley's .420 by a fraction and ranks third in Guilford history, tops among freshmen. His 44 runs batted in (RBI) stand third in the league and second to Franklin's 49 RBI on the team. A second baseman, Slate also had 11 doubles and three home runs while logging a .956 fielding percentage. He ranked second to McCauley with 19 multi-hit games and second to Franklin with 11 multiple-RBI contests. Slate ended the year on a season-high eight-game hitting streak. One of his best games was a four-for-six performance against league-rival Eastern Mennonite March 9 in which he doubled and had five RBI.
A two-time second-team All-ODAC performer, McCauley earned his initial spot on the first-team squad after batting .420 with a school-record 71 hits. The Quakers' center-fielder and leadoff man, he tops the ODAC with 53 runs scored, two shy of Franklin's school record set in 2002. McCauley's team-high 20 stolen bases rank second in the ODAC and sixth on Guilford's all-time list. He has 65 career stolen bases, second in Guilford history. McCauley, one of two Division III players in the Cape Cod Baseball League this summer, ended the year on a career-best 20-game hitting streak and also had 11 doubles, three triples and 23 multi-hit games. The team captain had four four-hit games this season and plated a season-high four runners in a three-hit performance versus Villa Julie March 17.
Duffy, a first-time All-ODAC performer, ranked third on the team with a career-best .356 average. He belted five homers, also a personal high, and stands third in the conference with 44 runs scored. A third baseman, Duffy had 13 multi-hit games and eight contests with two or more RBI. He had 10 doubles, two triples, 30 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 15 attempts. Duffy pieced together a career-best 14-game hitting streak, second only to McCauley's streak this season. He was 3-4 with two homers, a double and a career-high six RBI in an April 15 win over Southern Virginia. Duffy, who received Guilford's Joyce Sportsmanship and Wynne Most Improved Athlete Awards this year, graduates ranked 10th in school history with 33 stolen bases.
Franklin (right) earned All-ODAC recognition for the third year in a row, the second time as a second-team pick. He moved from second base to left field for his senior season and hit .355 with a league- and career-high seven home runs. Franklin's league-leading 49 RBI narrowly missed his school record of 51 set in 2002. He also tops the ODAC in triples (7) and stands second in the league with a team-high 13 doubles. Franklin stole 19 bases in 20 attempts, both career highs, and tied the school record with a .950 stolen-base percentage. He earned the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association's first Division III National Hitter of the Week Award after starting the season with a .381 average in 15 games. He hit for the cycle in a four-for-six performance at Eastern Mennonite March 9 that included a rare inside-the-park grand slam. Franklin had 13 games with two or more RBI and 16 multi-hit contests. The team captain leaves program's all-time best with 117 RBI (4th), 152 hits (8th), and 115 runs (9th).
Kempton picked up all-conference laurels for the first time in his career. He became the Quakers' career hits leader (197) this season and just missed setting the career standards for runs (158) and walks (92). A first baseman, he hit .350 this season with five doubles and 26 RBI. Kempton led the Quakers with 28 walks and seven sacrifice hits. He enjoyed 16 multi-hit contests and six games with two or more RBI. A talented fielder, Kempton set the school record with 358 putouts this year and boasted a .987 fielding percentage. He received the ODAC's Player of the Week Award for the week of March 31 and enjoyed a 3-5 performance with a career-high six RBI in a league win over Roanoke April 14. Kempton appeared in all 167 Guilford games in his college career with 165 starting assignments.
Marks made the second-team All-ODAC squad for the second consecutive campaign as a designated hitter. He appeared in 28 games with 22 starts and hit .289 with two homers and 21 RBI. Marks had a season-high three hits in a February 13 win over Greensboro and went 2-2 with two doubles and three RBI in a February 23 victory over Medaille. His team-leading four sacrifice flies this season rank second in school history. A team captain, Marks graduates with a .332 average, nine home runs and 54 RBI in 66 career games after transferring to Guilford from North Carolina A&T State in 2002.
The six players helped head coach Gene Baker's Quakers to a 27-14 overall record, 12-6 in the ODAC. Guilford matched its fifth-highest win total in school history and earned the number-three seed in the six-team ODAC Tournament. The Quakers lose seven seniors from the 2003 team, but return 25 players in 2004.