PREVIEW: Baseball poised to return to CAC Championship Tournament

PREVIEW: Baseball poised to return to CAC Championship Tournament

DOVER, Del. – The Wesley College baseball team was picked to finish in a tie for sixth place in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Preseason Poll.

Wesley collected 40 points in the poll along with York. Defending CAC Champion Salisbury was picked to repeat as champions, tallying 78 points and six first-place votes. Christopher Newport was slated to finish second in the conference, securing the remaining four first-place votes and 75 points.

After graduating All-American, co-CAC and Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (CAC) Player of the Year Trey Mears, Wesley looks to return to the CAC Championship Tournament for the 11th consecutive year.

The offense will be paced by senior infielder Chris Seibert. An All-CAC First Team player in 2017, Seibert earned All-Region honors from American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings, D3baseball.com and the ECAC. Seibert tied for the CAC lead in extra-base hits (24), ranked second in batting average (.411), RBI (53) and slugging percentage (.716) and tied for second in in home runs (9).

The everyday lineup also returns senior catcher Cody Dmiterchik, senior infielder Michael Piccirillo and junior outfielder Will Barton. Last season, Dmiterchik tied for seventh in the CAC in doubles (13) while knocking in 25 runs, notching a .304 batting average and a .394 on-base percentage. The 15th toughest batter to strikeout in Division III, Piccirillo recorded a .356/.456/400 batting split along with 32 hits in 2017. Barton registered a .318 batting average with two home runs, 27 hits and a .442 on-base percentage.

Seniors will carry the Wesley pitching staff, led by All-CAC Second Team honoree Alex Marrs. Marrs won eight games in 2017, good for third-best in the CAC. Marrs also ranked fourth in the CAC in strikeouts (78) and the fifth-lowest earned-run average (2.97). Fellow senior Cody Simet won five games a season ago while Sam Meck earned three wins in 2017.

Returning to the staff out of the bullpen is senior Connor Springsteen, who picked up two wins and two saves in relief last season.

Wesley baseball opens the season on Saturday, Feb. 24 when they take on the Stevenson Mustangs at the Floyd B. Wilcox Memorial Tournament, hosted by Hampden-Sydney College. The Wolverines open at home the following weekend on Saturday, March 3 when they host the SUNY-Oswego Lakers at Bob Reed Field.