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R-MC Sits Atop ODAC Baseball Preseason Poll

Hermino Azor, Blake Saathoff & Jordan Schmeer post win hug
Hermino Azor, Blake Saathoff & Jordan Schmeer post win hug

FOREST, Va. - The Randolph-Macon baseball team was selected as the top team in the ODAC Baseball Preseason Poll, in voting by the league's head coaches and released by the conference office.

The Yellow Jackets received five first-place votes and 91 points to edge Shenandoah, which had three first-place votes and 89 points. Washington & Lee picked up the other three first-place votes and 80 points to place third, one point ahead of Virginia Wesleyan. Bridgewater was fifth, followed by Roanoke, Hampden-Sydney, Eastern Mennonite, Guilford, Emory & Henry and Lynchburg.

R-MC was ranked No. 8 in the Collegiate Baseball Division III National Preseason Poll and No. 10 in the Preseason Top 25.

The Yellow Jackets went 35-8-1 overall a season ago and 14-6 in conference play. R-MC set a program record for victories in a season and the senior class collected 108 wins over the past four years, the first class in program history to pass the century mark in victories. The Yellow Jackets won the ODAC title as the No. 2 seed and reached the regional finals for the first time in program history. R-MC was ranked seventh in the final American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division III Baseball Poll, and eighth in the Top 25. This was the first time that the Yellow Jackets finished the year in the Top Ten. R-MC was ranked in the two polls throughout the 2016 season and rose as high as No. 2 in the poll.

R-MC has been ranked for 23 straight weeks, dating back to March 17, 2015. The Yellow Jackets have been in the Top 10 for 11 consecutive weeks, going back to March 22, 2016.

Ray Hedrick enters his 13th season as head coach of the Yellow Jackets. R-MC is scheduled to start the season on Saturday, Feb. 11 with a home doubleheader against St. Mary's on Hugh Stephens Field at Estes Park. Conference play commences on Saturday, March 11 with a home doubleheader against Emory & Henry on Hugh Stephens Field at Estes Park.

2017 ODAC Baseball Preseason Poll

1 Randolph-Macon (5), 91 pts.

2 Shenandoah (3), 89 pts.

3 Washington & Lee (3), 80 pts.

4 Virginia Wesleyan, 79 pts.

5 Bridgewater, 59 pts.

6 Roanoke, 57 pts.

7 Hampden-Sydney, 55 pts.

8 Eastern Mennonite, 31 pts.

9 Guilford, 30 pts.

10 Emory & Henry, 18 pts.

11 Lynchburg, 16 pts.