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In the latest issue of Collegiate Baseball Magazine, four St. Catharine College baseball players were among the Players to Watch during the 2010 NAIA season. The pre-season list of top players was made public at the American Baseball Coaches Association convention in Dallas Jan. 8-9. All four Patriot players (Travis Adams, Nick Holmes, Brian Jones, and Alan Stoupa) are seniors for Luther Bramblett’s club.
“We are excited about our team,” noted Bramblett. “We have a great group of seniors and quality underclassmen. We are excited for these four guys and feel that a handful more should’ve been on that list, which speaks about the quality group we have.”
Adams, a right-handed pitcher from Scottsville, Ky., is the all-time wins leader at St. Catharine. Last year he was 8-3 with a 2.20 ERA. Adams had 63 strikeouts and just 16 walks in 70 innings.
Holmes, a right-hander from Campbellsville, was 6-2 last season with 53 strikeouts in 52 innings pitched.
Jones, from Scottsville, Ky., led the Mid-South Conference last season with a .464 batting average. The third baseman/pitcher led the Patriots in RBI’s (50), doubles (18), home runs (9) and hits (70). On the mound, Jones had three wins and a 4.10 ERA.
Stoupa is a transfer from University of Virginia-Wise. Stoupa, a catcher, batted .317 last year with six doubles and three home runs.
The Patriots, 37-14 last season, will return a solid nucleus from last year’s team that won the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championship. The roster includes 14 seniors, the first senior class of Bramblett’s as the Patriots enter their second season in the NAIA.
“We expect leadership from these four guys as well as all of our seniors,” added Bramblett. “How they play will dictate how our season goes.”
The Patriots begin the 2010 campaign Feb. 12 when they travel to Walnut Ridge, Ark., for a weekend series against Williams Baptist University.