Baseball Nabs Three All-Conference Spots

Baseball Nabs Three All-Conference Spots

FOREST, Va. – Three members of the Virginia Wesleyan University baseball team were named All-Conference members by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) for their performance during the 2019 season. Jacob Pilarski and Jordan McDonough were both named to the First Team while Brady Fallon received Third Team honors.

A pre-season All-American selection, Pilarski lived up to the expectations. On the mound, the junior dominated, racking up nine wins which is second among ODAC Pitchers. His strikeout total was among the best in the conference best as well, punching out 82 batters (the most of his career). The righty has also saw a couple relief opportunities, collecting a pair of saves on the season. Voted in as a utility player, Pilarski also got to work at the dish. Boasting the second best batting average on the squad (.331), Pilarski racked up 39 hits and 18 RBI. Of those 39 hits, 11 have gone for extra bags, including four dingers. The Pittsburgh, Pa. native has also used a keen eye this season, ranking fourth in the ODAC for bases-on-balls with 30.

Transferring in as a senior, McDonough made his name for himself in just one season. The Cincinnati, Ohio native topped the squad (and ranks fourth in the conference) with a .387 batting average. In just his first year donning a Marlin uniform, McDonough has belted a team-high 60 hits as well as a team-high seven home runs. One of his top moments came in back-to-back games as he batted in the game-winning win against Lynchburg, before crushing a walk off homer against North Carolina Wesleyan. McDonough has also been a rock at first base, accruing 319 putouts without producing a single error.

A Third Teamer last season, Fallon was consistently a top performer on Coach Francis' squad this year. The senior piled up 43 hits on the season, including 30 in conference play. Fallon also accrued 29 RBI on the year, including the game-winning RBI in the second game of the ODAC Championship. The Ballston, N.Y. really contributed on the base paths though, topping the squad with 13 on the year. He would also cross the plate himself 26 times.