Lynchburg, Va. -- Head Coach Percy Abell has managed the Lynchburg Baseball program for the past 20 years but has announced this Spring will be his last. "I have some minor health concerns that I do not want to become major," said Abell. The team is looking to send Coach off into the sunset on a high note, with their sights set on a return to the ODAC Tournament after missing out last season.
The Hornets return their two of their top statistical leaders from last season in terms of offensive output and pitching. Junior Matt Ward finished last season with a 43 hits, a BA of .312, an OBP% of .349 and a slugging percentange of .406, tops for any returner on the Lynchbrug squad.
On the mound, junior David Goulding made an appearance in 16 games, starting 13 of those. The junior threw 94.2 innings, which was Top 25 nationally and also led the team in ERA (3.42), wins (5), and strikeouts (64).
The veterans will need to help the young members of the team transition to collegiate ball as the Hornets have a four teams on the schedule that are ranked in the D3Baseball.com Preseason Poll. Lynchburg will meet three of those teams in conference play as Randolph-Macon and Shenandoah who are ranked 10th and 16th while Washington & Lee is receiving votes. The other team on the slate that is ranked in the preseason is Tufts University who sits at 13th.
The team is back in action today at 3:00 p.m. hosting Southern Virginia in the first game of the season on James C. Fox Field.