VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Virginia Wesleyan University baseball team had six players named to the All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) teams for their performances over the 2018 season. Jacob Pilarski, Glen Pizzanello and Brandon Kussmaul were all selected to the First Team, while Randy Niesz picked up Second Team honors. Chance Pauley and Brady Fallon rounded out the list as both earned a spot on the third team.
Six From Baseball Named to All-Conference Teams
May 11, 2018
Pilarski has had a tremendous year, becoming a pivotal two-way player. On the mound, the sophomore has held a spotless record (10-0) and is tied for the conference lead in wins. Over the course of his 79.1 innings pitched, Pilarski has posted an ERA of just 1.59 which easily the lowest among ODAC hurlers and his 68 strikeouts ranks third. The Pittsburgh, Pa. native has helped at the plate this season as well, registering a batting average of .347 with 34 hits and 24 RBI.
Pizzanello has been Coach Francis' primary closer this season, as he has picked up four saves on the year. The senior has been one of the most reliable guys on the staff, appearing in 25 games this year which is the third most in Division III. This year he has also picked up a few wins along the way as his six is second only behind Pilarski. Just a month ago, the Chesapeake native was also named the D3baseball.com National Relief Pitcher of the Week.
Kussmaul has been a staple for the Marlins at the short stop position, starting every single game there. The senior has been solid in the batter's box accumulating 55 total hits with 30 of them coming against ODAC pitchers. This year, Kussmaul has led the team in batting average (.357), on-base percentage (.466) and RBI (36) and ranks second on the squad in hits (55) and extra-base hits (14). The Virginia Beach native's efforts this season also earned him the Harry Postove Collegiate Baseball Scout Award which is given to a player in the DI-DIII levels who explempifies what it means to be a collegiate baseball player.
Neisz brought plenty of power to the Marlins line up this year, appearing in all 32 games so far for the Marlins. The senior has knocked 43 hits this year but what is even more impressive is his 32 RBI thats come with them. During the middle of the regular season, Neisz went on a 16 game hit streak, clubbing multiple hits in 11 of them. The Hanover, Va. native has been a consistent outfielder for the program as well, registering 43 put outs and three assists from right field.
Pauley has been a great member of the pitching staff this season, recording the second most innings on the rubber (78.1). Over that time, he has maintained an ERA of just 2.53, picking up a record of 4-1 along the way. The Richmond, Va. native has rang up 45 batters in his time in Marlin uniform, averaging just over five 'K's" per nine innings.
Fallon is the final Marlin to make the All-Conference squad, producing at the plate while staying a steady force at first for the squad. This year, the senior has racked up 50 hits which is 40 more than his output last season. Fallon has also been a big part of the base running game for the Marlins, leading the team with 15 stolen bags.
Baseball, who was recently ranked fourth in the last Regional Rankings, will return to action at 7:30 p.m. on Friday as the squad will take on Roanoke in the ODAC Championship.