Nov. 26, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall baseball team has selected four players to serve as captains for the 2014 season. The players voted amongst themselves and chose two pitchers and two infielders to lead the team.
The four captains are Josh King, Kyle Kessler, Sergio Leon, and Andrew Dundon.
#11 Josh King, senior RHP (Troup, Ga.)
King is the only returning member from his 2014 class. During his time with the Herd, King has played multiple roles, serving as a starter, setup man, and closer. King has an overall ERA of 3.26 during his three seasons with the Herd with 103 strikeouts. In 2013, he had the most appearances out of the bullpen with 22 (tied with two others) and recorded six saves. King is tied for third all-time with nine saves but will be looked upon as the top starter this season for the Herd.
#33 Kyle Kessler, RS junior RHP (Matthews, N.C.)
Kessler made 18 appearances in 2013, including two midweek starts and posts the second-best ERA among 2013 Herd relievers. He only gave up earned runs in four outings last season and struck out nine in 14.2 innings of work. Kessler boasts the highest GPA on the Herd roster and is expected to fill a weekend starter role in 2014.
Marshall pitching coach Josh Newman spoke highly of his two hurlers.
“King is a work horse that brings a lot of experience that will be instrumental to keeping a consistent heartbeat within the pitching staff and team altogether,” he said. “Kessler is a great person and competitor, and it is a tremendous honor to be voted captain as a junior. This tells you exactly what his teammates think of his ability to lead both on and off the field. I look forward to watching these two lead our pitching staff on and off the field. They will continue to raise the bar for our program and I have a ton of confidence in these two and their abilities to be great leaders.”
#4 Sergio Leon, junior shortstop (Miami)
Leon was named to Conference USA’s All-Freshman team in 2012, only the fifth Herd member to do so. He has started every game but one that he has played in during his freshman and sophomore campaigns. Leon has a career batting average of .257 with the Herd and is 10-of-12 in stolen base attempts entering his junior year. Leon spent this past summer with Youses Orioles in Baltimore, Md., playing shortstop.
#14 Andrew Dundon, junior second baseman (Lincoln Park, N.J.)
Dundon has started 104 of the 107 games he has played for the Herd, playing in every game since his freshman year. He posted a .298 average at the end of the 2013 season, but supported an above .300 average at multiple times during the season. Dundon was second on the team last year in multi-hit games (17) and stolen bases (11), while leading the team in sacrifice hits. Dundon has a career batting average of .282 and played this summer in Massachusetts in a wood-bat league. The second baseman will be looked at as one of the team’s top hitters this season.
Marshall coach Tim Donnelly praised the two junior leaders.
“Sergio and Andrew both command respect in the locker room, and deservedly so,” he said. “Their unselfish attitudes and demonstrated abilities to concentrate on the tasks at hand while paying attention to detail is something that makes them leaders both on and off the field. I am very happy that the players chose them to lead us this year.”
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