Guilford Baseball Players Earn ODAC Honors

Greensboro, NC -- Guilford College's Josh Miller (Teaneck, NJ/Teaneck) and Brian Burton (Ahoskie, NC/Hertford County) received Second Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) baseball honors according to a vote of the league's head coaches, the conference announced Wednesday. The Quakers' Jeff Arzonico (Duluth, GA/Branson (MO)), Rob Bittner (Wilmington, DE/Salesianum) and Andrew Lerner (Tallahassee, FL/Florida State University School (Florida Tech)) garnered honorable mention recognition.

Miller, a senior outfielder, earned Second Team All-ODAC honors for the second straight year after batting .341 with two homers and 30 RBIs. He led the Quakers with eight stolen bases and 14 doubles, which ranks fourth in Guilford history and sixth among ODAC leaders through games of April 28. Miller paced Guilford with 50 runs scored, the league's third-highest total. His 59 hits stand seventh in the league, second on the team and 10th in school history. Miller enjoyed a club-high 17 multi-hit games, including a 5-for-5 showing at Eastern Mennonite April 3 where he also compiled four runs, three RBIs, and a home run. He ends his career with a .351 batting average, the ninth-best average in Guilford history.

Burton, a sophomore designated hitter, enjoyed a breakout season after playing a reserve role as a rookie. He batted .348 in 39 starts with three homers and 36 RBIs, the team's fourth-highest total. Burton added 10 doubles and scored 34 runs. He had 14 games with at least two hits and ranked second on the club with 11 multiple-RBI contests. His 36 RBIs stand 10th among the league leaders. Burton banged out a career-high four hits and added three RBIs and a homer in the Quakers' Mar. 7 win at Lynchburg. The next day he went 3-for-4 with four runs scored, four RBIs, a double and two homers in Guilford's win over Vassar. Burton received the George Wynne Most Improved Athlete Award last month as the most improved student-athlete in Guilford's athletic department.

A junior outfielder, Arzonico ranked second on the team with a .375 batting average, a 60-point improvement over 2004. His situational hitting flourished, as he led all regulars with a .525 batting average with two outs and paced the team with a .476 batting average with runners in scoring position. He compiled 37 RBIs, the third-best total on the team and ninth-most in the ODAC. Arzonico had a season-high four hits, scored twice and had three RBIs in a Mar. 3 win over Mount Aloysius.

Bittner, a junior first baseman, shared the team lead in every offensive statistical category, save runs scored, doubles and triples. He hit a career-best .403 with an ODAC-leading 10 home runs and 45 RBIs, which ranked fourth in the league. Bittner had 17 multi-hit games, including a 5-for-5 performance with three runs scored and two RBIs against Piedmont Feb. 26. Bittner ranks sixth in school history in career-home runs (19) and 10th in career-RBIs (99).

A junior catcher, Lerner batted .344 with three homers and 25 RBIs and led ODAC catchers by throwing out 20 of 48 would-be base-stealers. Lerner went a career-best 6-for-6 from the plate, including a home run, with two runs scored and four RBIs March 7 at Lynchburg.

Coach Gene Baker's Quakers finished the season with a 24-17 overall record (12-6 ODAC) for their fourth straight 20-win season. Guilford earned the third seed, but was eliminated from the ODAC Tournament after two games. The 24 victories are the ninth-highest total in school history. Baker expects 26 of 29 letter winners back in 2006.