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Percy Abell Head Coach

The 2010 season was the 13th year for head coach Percy Abell at the helm of the Hornet baseball program. Abell has led the Hornets to 10-straight 20-plus win seasons, topped by the 2008 team that went 32-13. That win total of 32 also eclipsed the Lynchburg College single season record for wins in a season. The 2009 team won 25 games and had 14 wins in the ODAC, the second most ODAC wins ever for the Hornets. In 2004, the Hornets were awarded as statistical national champions in the categories of batting average, slugging percentage and runs per game. During his tenure at LC, the Hornets have been ranked as high as No. 13 and No. 20 in the ABCA Coaches National poll, along with receiving votes numerous times. He has coached five All-Americans along with one Academic All-American. He has also mentored 15 All-Region performers and one South Region Player of the Year. Abell has led the Hornets to nine ODAC Tournaments, reaching the championship game twice, while guiding LC to the NCAA South Regional in 2008. He has a career mark of 287-219-1, posting a 133-91 mark in conference. Seven former players now have jobs coaching collegiate baseball around the country as assistants or head coaches. A 1999 inductee into the Lynchburg College Sports Hall of Fame, Abell is a 1987 graduate of LC as well as an all-ODAC selection in 1984 and 1987. He was team captain and team MVP twice each, and was named all-region in 1987 when he hit .466 with 13 doubles, 29 runs, and 21 RBI. Abell started all 113 games he played in and ranks second in all-time career batting average at .393. He also served as an assistant with the Hornets from 1988-89. Abell was head coach at William Campbell High School in Naruna, Virginia, from 1991-97. He led his 1996 William Campbell team to a 20-4 record and a berth in the Virginia High School League state playoffs. Abell was named Region III Coach of the Year in 1996, District Coach of the Year in 1994 and 1996, and Area Coach of the Year in 1994 and 1996. Abell is a native of Charlottesville, Virginia, and a 1983 graduate of Western Albemarle High School. He and his wife Amy, a 1997 Lynchburg College graduate, have two children, Shawn and Kelsey.

2010 Season Recap The 2010 Lynchburg College baseball team entered the season with high hopes, as the Hornets were slated as the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) preseason favorites. LC accomplished another milestone season, as the Hornets captured another 20-win season and also made the conference tournament for the ninth time since 2001. In the ODAC Tournament, the Hornets barreled through their first three games gaining a berth in the conference championship game for the first time since 2005. Although LC did not capture the league crown, Lynchburg showed First-Team All-ODAC some promise for the future as seven Jeff Taylor, Jr. newcomers saw action in the final day, including ODAC Tournament Most Valuable Player Mike Walters (Manassas, VA/Osbourn). The Hornets opened the season going 11-3 in their firs t 14 games, which garnered them votes in the D3baseball.com national poll. After a mid-season funk, Lynchburg rallied to win six of its last nine games going into the tournament. In the ODAC Tournament, Lynchburg dispatched of Virginia Wesleyan, Hampden-Sydney and Washington & Lee on the way to the finals of the tournament. This season also boasted wins over nationally-ranked opponents in Rhodes College, Hampden-Sydney College and Ferrum College. Offensively, the Hornets again posted one of the best batting averages in the ODAC, hitting .332 as a team on the year. LC was by far the

most patient team at the plate, drawing a conference-best 193 free passes, and swiped a league-high 84 bases. Senior Jeff Taylor, Jr. (Lynchburg, VA/Heritage) helped with that stolen base number, as he led the ODAC with 39 stolen bases, placing him atop the nation leader board as well. Taylor, Jr. added a .371 batting average as he was named a first-time all-league outfielder. Freshman Brock Shiflett (Richmond, VA/The Steward School) took home LC’s first-ever ODAC Rookie of the Year award this season, as he led the Hornets with a .397 batting average. He ODAC Rookie of the Year became the first Hornet first-year player Brock Shiflett to lead the team in hitting since 1984, when now head coach Percy Abell ’87 accomplished the feat. Shiflett finished with 14 doubles as well and 36 RBI, which was second on the team. He earned second-team All-ODAC accolades at designated hitter for his play. Walters finished the season on fire, lifting his average up to .379 with team-highs of 44 runs scored, 18 doubles and 90 total bases. Walters finished the season 29th in the nation in doubles, as he started in left and led off most of the season. Junior Jordan Watkins (Freeland, MD/ Hereford) played second and third, and was productive again with a .351 batting average, and Chris Colquhoun (Virginia Beach, VA/Salem) hit .331 with four homers in 2010. Seniors Cameron Grant (Lynchburg, VA/Heritage) and Ryan Litz (Forest, VA/Jefferson Forst) each had solid finals campaigns at LC. Grant had 14 extra-base hits starting all 40 games in center field, while Litz paced Lynchburg with seven homers. Sophomore transfer Richie Palase

(Staten Island, NY/Moore Catholic) was a rock at short, hitting .301 in earning second-team All-ODAC. Newcomers Dan Savage (Ashburn, VA/Paul VI), Michael Kenah (Clifton, VA/Robinson), Ryan Woods (Glen Burnie, MD/Archbishop Spaulding) and Michael Del Buono (Clifton, VA/ Robinson) all had solid years, and will compete for starting spot next season. On the mound this season, Lynchburg led the ODAC in earned run average with a 4.67 ERA on the year. LC got huge contributions from a pair of seniors in Ryan McDonough Second-Team All-ODAC Chris Colquhoun (Centereach, NY/Our Savior) and Conner Thompson (Solomons, MD/ Reservoirs). McDonough went 5-2 on the season, including tossing LC’s first no-hitter in over 27 years against Immaculata. Thompson suffered through a knee injury all season, but pitched a team-best 71 innings, going 5-4 with a 3.68 ERA. LC suffered some bad luck early in the season as top starter Bryan Breedlove (Suffolk, VA/NansemondSuffolk) went down with an elbow injury, but Matt Morgan (Bedford, VA/Liberty) stepped up. The junior went 4-0 with a 3.11 ERA in a teamhigh 16 appearances. Sophomore Jared Millner (Forest, VA/Jefferson Forest) continued to pitch well out Second-Team All-ODAC of the bullpen after a season off in Richard Palase 2009, and Josh Youngman (Chesterfield, VA/Manchester) proved to be a reliable lefty for LC in late-game situations. Del Buono also flashed signs on the hill, as he hurled a two-hit, complete-game shutout over former national champion North Carolina Wesleyan. Robert Garrett (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin) also went 3-1 this season in 13 apperances for the Hornets. Though losing a talented group of seniors this season, the 2011 version of the Hornets looks like one that will again be among the best in the ODAC. With anothAll-ODAC Honorable er year of seasoning to the young Mention Ryan Litz players, a talented recruiting class and the return of six position starters, the ODAC crown will again within reach for the youthful Hornets next year.


2010 Roster

2010 Schedule & Results

No. Name

Pos.

B/T Yr. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School

Date Opponent

1

OF

L/L

2/11

At Averett University

2/14

At Greensboro College

2/14

At Greensboro College

2/17

At Methodist

2/27

At Guilford

W

Andre Carr

Jr. 5-11 170 Chesterfield, VA/Manchester

Score W

Overall ODAC

5-1

1-0-0

0-0-0

1-1-0

0-0-0

2-1-0

0-0-0

2-2-0

0-0-0

7-5

3-2-0

1-0-0

8-9

L

2

Mike Walters

OF

R/R Jr. 5-7

175 Manassas, VA/Osbourn

3

Jordan Watkins

IF/P

R/R Jr. 6-3

165 Freeland, MD/Hereford

4

Brandon Garnett

OF

R/R So. 5-9

165 Roanoke, VA/William Byrd

5

Michael Kenah

IF

R/R Fr. 6-1

180 Clifton, VA/Robinson

3/04

IMMACULATA U.

W

2-0

4-2-0

1-0-0

6

Dan Savage

IF

R/R Fr. 6-0

165 Ashburn, VA/Paul VI

3/04

IMMACULATA U.

W

7-1

5-2-0

1-0-0

7

Jeff Taylor, Jr.

OF

R/R Sr. 6-0

215 Lynchburg, VA/Heritage

3/06

WASHINGTON & LEE

W

3-1

6-2-0

2-0-0

3/06

WASHINGTON & LEE

6-3-0

2-1-0

3/09

AVERETT UNIVERSITY

W

10-5

7-3-0

2-1-0

3/10

GREENSBORO COLLEGE

W 14-12

8-3-0

2-1-0

3/16

RHODES COLLEGE

W

6-1

9-3-0

2-1-0

W

15-4 2-3

2-9

L

L

8

Richard Palase

IF

R/R So. 5-11 180 Staten Island, NY/Moore Catholic

9

Jon Brennan

IF/P

R/R Sr. 5-10 180 Fredericksburg, VA/Riverbend

11 Cameron Grant

OF

R/R Sr. 5-9

165 Lynchburg, VA/Heritage

12 Keegan Ashbee

OF

R/R Jr. 6-4

190 Middletown, DE/Caravel Academy

3/17

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL

W

10-9

10-3-0

2-1-0

13 Ryan Litz

C

R/R Sr. 6-1

210 Lynchburg, VA/Jefferson Forest

3/18

At Ferrum College

W

19-5

11-3-0

2-1-0

205 Danville, VA/Dan River

3/19

TUFTS UNIVERSITY

11-15 L

11-4-0

2-1-0

3/20

At Eastern Mennonite

W

3-1

12-4-0

3-1-0

3/20

At Eastern Mennonite

W

7-3

13-4-0

4-1-0

3/24

At NC Wesleyan

7-8

L

13-5-0

4-1-0

3/27

VIRGINA WESLEYAN

3-5

L

13-6-0

4-2-0

14 Matt Painter

1B

R.R Sr. 6-1

15 Daniel Haugh

UTI

L/R Jr. 5-11 160 Earlysville, VA/Albemarle

16 Brock Shiflett

1B/OF L/R Fr. 6-0

210 Richmond, VA/Steward School

17 Mikey Burks

C

R/R Fr. 5-7

165 Frederick, MD/Tuscarora

19 Chris Colquhoun

C/1B

R/R Jr. 6-3

225 Virginia Beach, VA/Salem

3/27

VIRGINA WESLEYAN

2-6

L

13-7-0

4-3-0

20 Robert Garrett

P

R/R So. 5-9

145 Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin

3/31

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY

4-17 L

13-8-0

4-4-0

200 Clifton, VA/Centreville

4/03

At Roanoke College

3-4

13-9-0

4-5-0

4/03

At Roanoke College

14-9-0

5-5-0

4/06

At Hampden-Sydney

8-11 L 14-10-0

5-6-0

21 JP Nicholas

IF

R/R Fr. 6-2

24 Ryan Woods

1B

R/R So. 6-3

195 Glen Burnie, MD/Archbishop Spaulding

25 Jeff Lincoln

C

R/R Gr. 5-11 195 Stafford, VA/North Stafford

W

9-4

L

4/07

METHODIST

12-14 L 14-11-0

5-6-0

26 Michael Del Buono IF

L/R Fr. 6-1

185 Clifton, VA/Robinson

4/08

FERRUM COLLEGE

5-10 L 14-12-0

5-6-0

27 McLane Grow

C

R/R Fr. 6-2

185 Richmond, VA/Deep Run

4/09

NC WESLEYAN

W

10-0

15-12-0

5-6-0

30 Justin Puentes

P

R/R Fr. 6-2

180 Vienna, VA/Paul VI

4/10

BRIDGEWATER COLLEGE

W

8-4

16-12-0

6-6-0

31 Bryan Breedlove

P

R/R Sr. 6-1

190 Suffolk, VA/Nansemond Suffolk

4/10

BRIDGEWATER COLLEGE

0-0

T 16-12-1

6-6-0

32 Matt Morgan

P

R/R Jr. 6-2

190 Bedford, VA/Liberty

4/13

At Randolph-Macon

7-1

17-12-1

7-6-0

33 Chase Vaden, Jr.

P

L/L

Jr. 6-5

195 Lynch Station, VA/Altavista

4/13

At Randolph-Macon

7-8

L 17-13-1

7-7-0

4/14

GUILFORD COLLEGE

W

15-2

18-13-1

8-7-0

34 Nick Ferguson

P

L/L

Fr. 5-10 160 Roanoke, VA/Hidden Valley

4/17

At Emory & Henry

W

20-5

19-13-1

9-7-0

40 Zac Patrick

P

L/L

Fr. 6-1

4/17

At Emory & Henry

5-11 L 19-14-1

9-8-0

41 Josh Youngman

P

L/L

Jr. 5-11 235 Chesterfield, VA/Manchester

4/18

BRIDGEWATER COLLEGE

W 14-13

20-14-1 10-8-0

4/22

Vs. #2 Virgina Wesleyan ^

W

5-2

21-14-1 10-8-0

4/23

Vs. #3 Hampden-Sydney^

W

9-5

22-14-1 10-8-0

4/24

Vs. #6 Washington & Lee^

W

8-3

23-14-1 10-8-0

4/25

Vs. #1 Bridgewater College^

3-4

L 23-15-1 10-8-0

4/25

Vs. #1 Bridgewater College^

5-9

L 23-16-1 10-8-0

42 Ryan McDonough

P

165 Midlothian, VA/James River

R/R Sr. 6-3

185 Centereach, NY/Our Savior

44 Conner Thompson P

L/L

215 Solomons, MD/Reservoir

45 Jared Millner

P

R/R So. 6-2

210 Forest, VA/Jefferson Forest

51 Jason Schilling

P

R/R Fr. 6-0

190 Center Moriches, NY/Center Moriches

Sr. 6-1

Head Coach: 10 Percy Abell Assistant Coaches: 55 Chris Knowles, 23 Shawn Abell, 28 Kyle Bradley

*ODAC Game ^ODAC Tournament Game HOME GAME

W

Alumni Memories Chris Knowles ‘04 - Outfielder “I think one of the greatest memories I had was winning 16 games straight. It didn’t even seem like it was that many when we were playing. I think we realized how important it was when we noticed that we made the top 25 in 2004. We got the 16th spot that week and stayed there for a couple weeks. Everyone was playing really well at the time. The pitching was outstanding. I think Jay Moore and Matt Gouker had about 10 wins combined and Jason Kelly and a couple other wins as well. Our offense was at it’s best during that streak. I mean, beating Ferrum by 10 and beating NC Wesleyan and LaGrange was also huge. It was a great feeling to win 16 straight, be ranked in the top 25, and have a team playing its best ball all at the same time.”

Lynchburg College Baseball

Matt Gouker ‘05 - Pitcher “I think that a couple of my best memories of LC baseball were during that 2004 and 2005 seasons. There were many different phrases that came about in these two seasons like the Lucas Jones “Fresh Hot Pizza-- $5 dollars”. We should never forget that one, as we had to eat from a gas station in Ferrum after we beat them at their place. Another moment that I will also remember is the Georgia trip when we played in the Rawlings Tournament at Emory. We drew EU in the first round and we beat them 185. That was always funny to me. One of the greatest memories that I will have is the 2004 season when we won three national statistical titles. It was really cool to come back for the 2005 season and see those plaques.” Jay Moore ‘04 - Pitcher “That 2004 season had some great memories; the streak, the records, the rankings. The list could go on and on. But for me, my memories are more of a collection of my four years at Lynchburg. We were just a group of guys who loved the game. We had long afternoon practices, morning weight lifting, Thomas Road runs, tarp duty at any hour rain or shine, and who could forget the track workout. At the time we all hated doing that stuff, but that is the stuff that made us a team. On and off the field we all stuck together. That’s what Division III athletics is all about. We studied, we worked, and we played. And we were also pretty darn good.” Kevin Nichol ‘06 - First Baseman/Designated Hitter “The privilege of playing with all the guys that I got a chance to play with was something that I’ll carry with me forever. The conversations and funny moments will always stick with me. One of the great accomplishments I think was the 2004 season when we won 16 straight. The class that I graduated with won 100 games during the four years that I was a part of the program. I feel that is a great accomplishment and a great LC Baseball memory. I also had the priviledge to come back after graduation and coach for a season with the program. More than anything else, the opportunity to meet all the coaches, players, families, and friends and spend an amazing four years of my life with I will cherish forever.” Ronnie LaBrie ‘08 - Shortstop “For me, the best momories of playing at Lynchburg was making Regionals in 2008. It was exciting for me, and the team, to finally get to that point where the program was getting the respect that we felt it deserved for a while. That first game at Regionals, the environment was electric. We came out and played like we had all year, and Joey Devlin pitched a complete game, as we won 9-1. After that game, everyone in the hotel was excited and it was fun for me to just take that feeling in. When I look back, only Lynchburg College could have turned me into the player that I have become, and that is a tribute to the coaching staff, professors and teammates that all pushed me throughout my college career.”

Jeff Taylor, the ODAC career leader in steals, helped deliver Lynchburg to the ODAC Championship game

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