ORANGE, Calif. – The reigning nationwide winner Panthers commence the protection of their NCAA Division III crown on Feb. seven in Tucson, Ariz. in opposition to UT-Dallas. After dominating Birmingham-Southern College in past season’s championship series, the Panthers uncover by themselves favored to acquire household an additional title, topping a number of NCAA Division III baseball polls.
In the D3Baseball.com poll Chapman acquired 19 1st position votes and a overall of 555 points, finishing somewhat ahead of next-position Webster. They also acquired 286 points in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll, once again somewhat ahead of Webster.
Final season, Chapman had an extremely nicely-rounded workforce that observed their hitters outproduce opponents in nearly every single classification, whilst also recording 280 significantly less strikeouts than opposing batters. This very same variety of generation will be essential once again this season as the Panthers drop their a few primary starters from a 12 months in the past.
Having said that, Chapman will be returning junior pitcher and 1st Workforce Preseason All-American, Nick Garcia, who will go from the bullpen into the starting up rotation this season. Final season, Garcia concluded tied for the 3rd most wins on Chapman’s roster, with an astonishing nine- document and 82 strikeouts in fifty six innings. He led all of Division III with a .sixty four Era to go alongside with 12 saves, superior for 3rd best in Division III.
Garcia will be joined in the rotation by two a lot more juniors, Cody Turner and Riley Glenn, equally of whom had huge impacts in their sophomore seasons. Turner concluded 2019 with 8.06 K/nine and a 2.98 Era all whilst running to not give up a solitary household run in 51.1 innings of operate. Glenn failed to pitch as lots of innings as Turner, but he did get started a few games and concluded with a document of 2- in 18 appearances.
Even though the pitching staff members will see lots of variations this season, the relaxation of the lineup stays mostly intact. Behind the plate will be a acquainted encounter in senior Joe Jimenez. Jimenez was an All-Match collection at the Earth Sequence and strike .302 above the class of the season with 12 stolen bases.
Chapman’s generation begins with past season’s Most Remarkable Participant of the Earth Sequence, Henry Zeisler, who will look to make off a phenomenal sophomore marketing campaign exactly where he led the workforce in household operates (6) and slugging percentage (.532) and concluded next on the workforce in on base percentage (.414). He received MOP as a 1st baseman, but will be going back again to the outfield, with junior Mack Cheli and sophomore Miguel Cebedo settling into the corner infield spots.
Zeisler will be joined in the outfield by sophomore Brad Shimabuku who had an outstanding freshman season that observed him direct the workforce in batting typical (.340) whilst also recording a best fielding percentage. Junior Kyle Joye will look to acquire above in appropriate discipline and make a leap into the starting up lineup.
Sophomore Drew Littwin will go above to shortstop this season and will look to go on to be productive on the offensive finish soon after foremost the workforce in operates and RBIs a season in the past. He joins a seasoned veteran in senior Aaron Wong in the middle infield. Wong heads into his senior season as a career .298 hitter and received the ABCA West Area Golden Glove for his defensive operate past season.
With an expert roster all set to defend Chapman’s title, the Panthers also welcome in eleven freshmen, which include five pitchers. The newcomers will look to leap into the mix in the bullpen and on the discipline.
Chapman celebrated the get started of the 2020 season with a Countrywide Championship Ring Ceremony on February 1, prior to the school’s alumni activity. Their 1st household activity of the season is on Feb. 21 at 2:30 p.m. in opposition to SCIAC rival La Verne.
By Phil Wooden
Sports Details Assistant
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