Four Quakers Land All-ODAC Baseball Honors
May 10, 2013
John Macon Smith ’14 garnered the Old Dominion Athletic Conference’s (ODAC)/Farm Bureau Insurance Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, becoming the first Guilford student so honored in the award’s eight-year history.
John also joined teammates Kent Peterson ’13 and Corey Wallace ’14 on the First Team All-ODAC squad while Nathan Fulbright ’16 was a third-team all-league pick. ODAC sports information directors nominated and selected the scholar-athlete honoree, while the league’s baseball coaches nominated and selected the all-conference teams.
John, an outfielder, hit .385 with 19 runs and 17 RBI in 20 ODAC contests. In all games, he led the Quakers with a.392 batting average, 36 runs, 58 hits, 33 runs batted in and 13 stolen bases over 38 games. He also smacked eight doubles, two triples and four homers this year and finished second on the team with a .554 slugging percentage.
He ranks fifth among ODAC hits-per-game leaders (1.61), fifth in batting average, sixth in stolen bases and 10th in on-base percentage (.443) through games of May 1. He totaled a team-high 19 multiple-hit contests, nine multiple-RBI games and ended the year on a season-best eight-game hitting streak. He went 7-for-9 with a double and three RBI in Guilford’s doubleheader sweep of ODAC Tournament champion Randolph-Macon College April 20.
After two seasons, John owns a .396 batting average at Guilford with 17 home runs and 84 RBI. He is a two-time All-ODAC honoree and ranks 23rd among the Quakers’ career leaders in RBI. In the classroom, he carries a 3.70 grade point average as an accounting major. The dean’s list student is a two-time member of Guilford’s Student-Athlete Honor Roll.
Kent, a third baseman, had an ODAC-best .455 batting average in league games. He was second in the conference with a .505 on-base percentage and 35 hits in ODAC competition. He finished the season with a .391 overall batting average, good for sixth in the ODAC. His .455 on-base percentage sits seventh in the conference.
Kent’s 52 hits ranked second on the team while his 29 RBI finished third. He hit safely in 31 of his 34 games and amassed a 20-game hit streak, which matched the program’s longest in 17 years. He also reached base in the final 29 games of the season. He went 4-for-4 with a double and four RBI in Guilford’s April 16 win over Emory & Henry. It marked one of his 15 games with two or more hits and one of his seven multiple-RBI games.
A winner of Guilford’s 2013 Nereus C. English Athletic Leadership and Jack Jensen Ideal Student-Athlete Awards, Kent concluded his career ranked eighth in school history with a .360 batting average. He ranks fourth in school history with 1.35 hits per game and 18th with 0.8 runs per outing. The three-year starter had 25 doubles among his 159 hits, plus 94 runs scored and 73 RBI. He will graduate with a degree in sport management.
Corey, a second baseman, finished third on the team with a .389 batting average and topped the Quakers with seven homers, five triples and a league-high .687 slugging percentage. He added 31 RBI, 26 runs and eight doubles in his first Guilford campaign. He ranks seventh in the league in hitting and is fourth in home runs and total bases.
He hit .405 in ODAC action and ranked second among the league’s best in slugging (.703) and triples (3). He had 18 multiple-hit games and six games with at least two RBI. He drove in a season-high runs against Emory & Henry April 16 and smashed two of his seven homers in Guilford’s 12-10 win over Stevenson University March 12.
Nathan is one of only two first-year field players on the all-star teams. He earned third-team All-ODAC honors at designated hitter largely through his performance in league outings. He hit .414 with 21 RBI in 17 games this season. Of his 17 appearances, 13 were against ODAC rivals. The reserve catcher had with a .390 batting average, 17 RBI and a .500 on-base percentage against the league.
He finished his freshman year with 11 RBI in the month of April, including six against Emory & Henry April 16. He went 4-for-4 at the plate with two doubles. The rookie hit safely in 10 of his final 12 games and had seven multiple-hit games.
Coached by Nick Black ’02, the team had a 20-18 overall record, 10-10 in the ODAC. Nick could have as many as 32 returning letter winners next season.