GREENSBORO, N.C. (2/13/10) -- Guilford's baseball squad was picked seventh by Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) baseball coaches in the league's annual preseason poll. Lynchburg College tops the field with four of 10 first-place votes and 90 points. Virginia Wesleyan College and Randolph-Macon College round out the top three with 81 and 80 points, respectively. Last year's ODAC champion, Washington and Lee University, is fifth in this year's poll.
Fifth-year head coach Nick Black '02 returns with 25 letter winners from last season's group that went 19-19-1 and placed seventh in the ODAC with a 7-11 record. Junior Kyle Wooden and senior infielder Drew Ward return as the Quakers' top offensive threats. Wooden, a D3baseball.com Honorable-Mention Preseason All-American, finished last season with an NCAA-leading and school-record .514 batting average, an .841 slugging percentage, and a Guilford-record 71. He was an American Baseball Coaches' Association (ABCA) Second Team All-America, First Team All-South, and First Team All-ODAC selection in 2009. Ward earned honorable mention All-ODAC and Third Team All-South honors last season, hitting .420 with a .599 slugging percentage.
Senior Adam Hart led the team in strikeouts with 58 and had the Quakers' third-lowest earned run average (5.03) in 10 appearances last year.
The Quakers (1-1) opened their season last weekend, earning a split versus Piedmont College. The squad will host Ferrum College Saturday (2/13) at 12:00 p.m. and Averett University Sunday (2/14) at 1:00 p.m.