Greensboro, N.C. (5/10/07) -- Three Guilford College students earned All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) baseball recognition, league officials announced Thursday. Outfielders Chad Boone and Joe John garnered second-team honors. Catcher Phil Drew was an honorable mention selection.
Boone, a 6-0, 185-pound senior, hit .341 with four homers, nine doubles and a team-leading 35 runs batted in (RBI), which ranks sixth in the league. He hit .366 with three homers and 21 RBI against league rivals. His team-leading and career-high 11 stolen bases stand fourth in the ODAC through games of May 1. The switch-hitting team captain led Guilford with eight multiple-RBI games and ranked third on the team with 12 multiple-hit contests. He went four-for-five with a homer and six RBI against Lynchburg Mar. 4. Boone also went four-for-five with a double, triple and six RBI against Emory & Henry Mar. 24, which helped him earn the league's Baseball Player of the Week Award. His 12-game hitting streak from Mar. 19-Apr. 13 ranked second on the team and added 116 points to his batting average. Also a pitcher, he started Guilford's season opener and posted a 1-2 record with a 6.08 earned run average in 12 appearances.
A four-year starter, Boone concludes his career with a .332 batting average in 142 games (137 starts). He ranks fourth in school history with 131 RBI and stands seventh with 184 hits. His 130 career runs place fifth on the Quakers' all-time list and his 33 doubles rank sixth. Boone hit 17 career homers, Guilford's ninth-highest total. He earned honorable mention All-South honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association in 2006.
John, a 6-1, 185-pound sophomore, won Guilford's McBane Hitting Award this year after leading the Quakers with a career-high .380 batting average. John also led Guilford in runs (35), hits (54), home runs (6), doubles (15), slugging percentage (.641) and on-base percentage (.480). He ranks among the league leaders in each of the aforementioned categories, including third in home runs and fourth in slugging percentage and on-base percentage. His career-high 15 doubles stand fourth in school history and fourth among this year's ODAC leaders. He hit .382 with seven doubles and 10 RBI in 18 ODAC games. As a relief pitcher, he posted an 0-1 mark with a 6.75 ERA in three appearances.
John had 13 games with more than two hits, including a five-for-six showing against Emory & Henry Mar. 24 that included two RBI and four runs scored. The ODAC's Feb. 27 Baseball Player of the Week, he hit for the cycle in a four-for-four performance against Lynchburg Mar. 3 and homered twice against Averett (Feb. 20) and Lawrence (Mar. 22). His career-best 13-game hitting streak was the team's longest this season. A two-year starter, John carries a .356 career batting average with 10 home runs, 21 doubles and 50 RBI into his junior season.
Drew, a 6-foot, 180-pound redshirt-junior, ranked second on the team with a .361 batting average, 48 hits, 27 RBI, .437 on-base percentage and 14 doubles - all career highs. His 14 doubles stand sixth in school history and fifth among this year's ODAC leaders. The team captain threw out an ODAC-best 20 (43.7%) would-be base-stealers. He led the Quakers with 15 multiple-hit games and had six contests with two or more RBI. Drew went four-for-five with two doubles, a triple and two RBI against Lynchburg Mar. 4 and plated four in a three-hit game with Washington and Lee Apr. 17. He enters his senior season with a .316 career batting average, 65 RBI and 28 doubles, which rank 14th on the Quakers' all-time list.
The trio helped second-year coach Nick Black's '02 team to a 12-24 record, 5-13 in the ODAC. The Quakers expect 22 letter winners, including John and Drew, back in 2008.