Podcast: Season preview with head coach Al Brisack
MADISON, Wis. – The Edgewood College baseball team missed out on last year's NAC Tournament on the last day of the regular season, but the 2012 version of the Eagles is determined to return to the postseason. The Eagles return six of their top seven hitters from a year ago.
Edgewood College came into their last doubleheader of the season, at Lakeland College, knowing they needed to win to qualify for the conference tournament. However, the Muskies swept the Eagles to keep them out of the conference tournament. The Eagles finished the season with a 12-10 mark in NAC play while having an 18-22 overall record.
Seniors Ryan Walker, Mike Selvaggi and Miles Mayer will look to lead what will be a very young 2012 Eagle squad. Walker and Selvaggi were two of three Eagles to play in all 40 games in 2011. They each started 39 games. Walker hit .282 and drove in 18 runs while Selvaggi tied for the team lead with two home runs. Mayer made eight appearances on the mound for the Eagles last season, making six starts. In his final start of the season, Mayer went 6.1 innings and struck out five, earned the win against UW-Platteville.
Junior Jake Zadra was named honorable mention All-NAC after ranking seventh in the league with a .387 batting average. Zadra also led the Eagles and ranked sixth in the NAC with an on base percentage of .488. Sophomores Alex Jaskulski and Ryan O'Dell will look to have an impact this season as they both were named to the All-NAC freshman team in 2011. Jaskulski led Edgewood College with a .404 batting average in 33 appearances. O'Dell started 38 games during his rookie season and posted a .287 batting average.
Along with Mayer, Trevor Koehn should help anchor the Eagles' pitching staff. Koehn started six games and made eight appearances last season as freshman. He ranked second on the team with 35 strike outs while posting a 4.28 earned run average and a 3-3 record.
Edgewood College was selected to finish fifth in the NAC Preseason Coaches' poll behind fourth place Rockford College and third place Benedictine University. Aurora University was selected first and defending champion Concordia University Chicago was picked second.
The Eagles open their season with a pair of doubleheaders at the Metrodome on Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3. Edgewood College plays Hamline University at 10:00 p.m. on Friday night and Augsburg College on Saturday at the same time. The Eagles will then play 10 games on their spring trip to Florida, including an exhibition against one of the Minnesota Twins teams. Edgewood College opens NAC play on March 30 at Maranatha Baptist and their home opener is the next day against Concordia University Wisconsin.
Edgewood College sets sights on return to postseason in 2012