2020 Conference Wrap: Ohio ValleyAnalysis
It’s still hard to believe the 2020 college baseball season is over after just four weeks of play. Most conferences didn’t even reach league play before the coronavirus halted the season, so it would be pointless to give out any legitimate awards or draw any sweeping conclusions from our meager sample size. With that in mind, we won’t be releasing a 2020 All-America team, or naming a national Player of the Year or Freshman of the Year.
But informally, we can still take a look back at those first four weeks and highlight some players who stood out. Keep in mind that nonconference strength of schedules varies dramatically, and four weeks really isn’t a long enough period to even determine how strong a given schedule truly was. With those caveats out of the way, here are some superlative picks for the Ohio Valley, which played three weeks of nonconference action and one week of league play.
Here are the superlative categories:
- Best Team
- Most Surprising Team
- Most Impressive Hitter
- Most Impressive Pitcher
- Best Senior
- Best Freshman
- More Fab Freshmen
- Breakout Player
- Breakout Pitcher
Belmont raced off to an impressive start, mounting a 14-3 overall record that included a perfect 3-0 OVC mark after sweeping Morehead State. The Bruins swept the SAF Dirt Classic in Nashville, winning all four games, including a victory over 13-2 Samford and a pair of extra inning wins over Missouri State and Evansville. Two of their three losses came by a single run and they won 13 of their final 14 games. They also had five walk off wins.
Logan Jarvis (.371/.452/.645) paced the offense with three home runs, eight doubles and 10 walks. Jackson Campbell (.339/.441/.768) was right there with him adding a team-best six home runs and 19 RBIs. John Behrends (.306/.398/.431) added six doubles and went 9-9 in steal attempts.
The Bruins pitching staff was certainly their strength with a team ERA of 3.38. Logan Bowen (1-1, 2.31), Joshua South (2-0, 2.42), Aaron Hubbell (2-1, 3.32, 2 svs) and Andy Bean (1-0, 3.50) started all seventeen games and each allowed fewer hits than innings pitched. Bullpen ace Kyle Brennan (5-0, 1.45, 3 svs) appeared in over half the team’s games and made the most of it with five wins and three saves in nine appearances.
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