As Alumni Weekend approaches, the Lynchburg College athletic department is profiling the teams and players selected to this year's Hall of Fame Class. The first honoree to be profiled is former baseball pitcher Blair Hayden '02.
Blair took the mound for the Hornets for the first time in the spring of 1999. As a freshman, the southpaw finished with a record of 6-4 and a miniscule ERA of 2.00. In his sophomore year, he threw more innings than the previous season and finished with a 3-4 record. The next season proved to be Blair's best, as the workhorse finished with 2.12 ERA, while throwing the most innings in his career. His 5-4 record was accompanied by six complete games and a career-high 70 strikeouts. He followed that with a senior record of 5-4 and a 3.52 ERA.
In his career, Blair pitched in 48 games, with 42 coming as starts. He compiled a record of 20-16, 18 complete games, and 257 strikeouts in 274 innings.
We asked Blair a couple of questions and here is what he had to say:
How does it feel to be honored with induction into the Lynchburg College Hall of Fame?
I feel extremely privileged and fortunate that the committee would have chosen me for this honor.
How does it feel to be honored in front of your classmates?
I'm really looking forward to coming back to LC for the first time since graduating; receiving this award and sharing it with my classmates will make it that much more special.
What was it like to be part of the baseball program at LC?
The baseball program was an integral part of my decision in choosing Lynchburg College. I take great pride in being a part of Coach Abell's first recruiting class, and being a part of the foundation of his program and seeing its growth and success over the years is something very special to me.
What was your favorite memory at Lynchburg?
My favorite memory was beating Navy in my first game. Sharing that moment with my coaches, teammates, friends, and family is something I will never forget.
How has LC baseball and LC as a whole helped you throughout your life?
I came to Lynchburg College for baseball, but the relationships, work ethic, and experiences cultivated in those four years have helped create the person I've become since graduation.