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Baseball Ready to Take Diamond for 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014

PHILIPPI, W.Va. -- The Alderson Broaddus baseball team ended its 2013 campaign on a high note, defeating Division I Youngstown State University and winning seven of its final eight contests, and look to build on that success in 2014.

ABU was tabbed to finish in third place in its first season as a member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) following a 23-21 overall record last year. Trevecca Nazarene University, last year’s conference champion, and Cedarville University were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 respectively.

Four seniors, three of which logged substantial innings in 2013, make up the nucleus of this year’s blue and gold squad. Two-way player Jeff Conley (Fort Ashby, W.Va.) made a splash during his junior season and was named a First Team All-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection. Conley ranked second in the WVIAC with a microscopic 2.79 ERA and held opposing batters to a .261 batting average in 58.0 innings. He tied for the team lead with five wins and fanned 48 opposing batters. Conley led the Battlers with five complete games and earned conference Pitcher of the Week honors for the week of March 25. Conley played in all 44 games for ABU, tallied a team-high five home runs, compiled a .376 batting average and drove in 31 runs. Conley also stole four bases and paced the Battlers with a .570 slugging percentage. He is expected to be one of the Battlers’ two starters for weekend doubleheaders.

Second baseman David Bryan (Santee, Calif.) compiled the team’s top batting average in 2013 and hit .380 with nine doubles, two triples and drove in 29 runs. He will anchor an infield that returns starters at every position.

Senior Kirby Clemens (Ontario, Ohio) will make the move from the outfield to the infield this season and will take over at first base. Clemens is expected to make an even bigger impact in the heart of the Battler lineup after swatting four home runs last season. He came into the fall season bigger and stronger and Head Coach Luke Harrigan, entering his third season with the club, expects his hard work to pay dividends.

The Battlers added depth during the offseason with an impressive freshman haul. Flame-throwing righty Randy Dobnak (South Park, Pa.) will instantly improve an ABU starting rotation that was thin last season.  First-year hurlers Michael Mnich (Daleville, Va.), Tyler Grashoff(Bethel, Pa.) and Jeremy Larkey (Alexandria, Va.) will see significant playing time early in 2014.

ABU opens the season with a three-game road series against non-conference opponent Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn., beginning on February 15. The Battlers’ first home series isn’t until March 21 when they host rival Davis & Elkins College at Jack Funk Field.