SEWANEE, Tenn. - The 98th season of Sewanee Baseball is set to begin this weekend at Huntingdon College for the Firehouse Classic Tournament. Sewanee will play Guilford (N.C.) and Berea (Ky.) before wrapping up the weekend with the hosts from Montgomery, Ala.
POWER OFFENSE: Sewanee, as a team, hit .279 last season on the offensive side of the ball. Trey Akins led the team in hitting with a .364 clip, tied for ninth in the Southern Athletic Association with 48 total hits. The All-SAA First Team selection enters his senior campaign with splits of .344/.378/.474 with 156 hits, 31 doubles and 83 RBI.
TAKE YOUR BASE: Jared Demkowicz posted a .459 on-base percentage last season thanks to 28 walks, tied for the fifth-most in the league. He enters his junior season with a .421 OBP with 52 free passes.
TAKING ADVANTAGE AT THE PLATE: Sewanee posted the fewest strikeouts at the plate last season with 191. Averaging 5.6 punchouts per game, the team only mustered four double-digit strikeout performances last season, two coming in conference play.
BIG SHOES TO FILL: Trey Holland returns as a sophomore to lead the rotation for the Tigers pitching staff. The All-SAA Second Team selection went 2-3 with a 3.40 earned run average in 42.1 innings pitched.
Over the summer, the southpaw played ball with the Farquay-Varina Twins in the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League. Posting a 1.91 ERA and 0.94 walks and hits per inning, he earned a spot with the Cotuit Kettleers in the Cape Cod League at the end of the summer. A few weeks ago, he completed a Letter of Commitment to play with the Kettleers this upcoming summer as well.
#Sewanee2022: The baseball program welcomes 16 newcomers to the program: Jack Ahlum, Daniel Benner, Dalton Buckingham, Chandler Center, Benny Ennis, Wesley House, Carter Huffman, Ryan Lonegan, Sully McCreery, Grayson Nix, Foster Olson, Travis Potter, Daniel Pritchett, Wade Sansone, Holden Shell and Hayden Swisher.
SERIES TO WATCH: Following a six-game road swing during the second half of spring break, the Tigers will return home at the end of March with defending SAA Tournament champion in Rhodes College.
Rhodes will visit Sewanee March 30-31 at Montgomery Field.
The Lynx, in 2018, finished with a 32-16 record en route to an appearance in the Regional Championship. Rhodes fell twice to eventual National Champion Texas Tyler.
The Memphis institution is ranked 18th in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Division III and 24th in the D3baseball.Com preseason polls.