Baseball picked seventh in conference preseason poll

Hunter Campbell pitching to a batter

Forest, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference's baseball coaches voted University of Lynchburg's team seventh of the league's 12 teams in their annual preseason poll, the conference announced Wednesday in the first of its spring-season previews.

The Hornets enter the second year under head coach Lucas Jones with 57 points in the ballot, trailing sixth-place Ferrum (71 points) and leading eighth-picked Washington and Lee (46 points).

League-favorite Randolph-Macon led the poll with 119 points and nine first-place votes, followed by defending conference champ Shenandoah (110 points, two first-place votes) and third-place Roanoke (96 points, one first-place nod).

RELATED: 2019 ODAC baseball preseason poll

Lynchburg posted a 16-24 record in 2018 and went 8-12 in conference play, taking the No. 6 seed into the postseason tournament. It was the Hornets' first ODAC tournament berth since 2014.

The Hornets are slated to open the season with a three-game series at Maryville, starting with a Saturday, Feb. 16 doubleheader at 1 p.m. in Maryville, Tenn.

Lynchburg will play its first games on Fox Field Saturday, March 2 with a noon doubleheader against Penn State-Harrisburg.

RELATED: 2019 Lynchburg baseball schedule

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2019 ODAC BASEBALL PRESEASON POLL

1. Randolph-Macon College (9)

119 pts.

2. Shenandoah University (2)

110 pts.

3. Roanoke College (1)

96 pts.

4. Virginia Wesleyan University

95 pts.

5. Hampden-Sydney College

76 pts.

6. Ferrum College

71 pts.

7. University of Lynchburg

57 pts.

8. Washington and Lee University

46 pts.

9. Bridgewater College

42 pts.

10. Guilford College

38 pts.

11. Eastern Mennonite University

24 pts.

12. Emory & Henry College

18 pts.

--LYN--

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