CHARLESTON, S.C. – The 2019 season begins in just two days as the CSU Sports Information Department takes a look at the infield ahead of the opening series versus LaSalle.
The Bucs return eight student-athletes from the 2018 squad on the infield (Jason Miller, Justin Dahill, Ryan Rizk, Ryan Stoudemire, Alex Andronica, Jackson White, Milan Ellerson and Josh Asbill) and welcome three newcomers seeking a deep run in Big South play and conference tournament.
Jason Miller has split time at both third and second base in his time at CSU bringing a veteran presence to a part of the diamond that has plenty of depth. Miller is already among the top-20 in program history in both batting average (.305) and on-base percentage (.374) and has 118 career hits, one shy of joining the top-25. Ryan Rizk made a splash as a freshman collecting seven doubles and 14 RBI while batting .235 in 42 games.
Alex Andronica split time at third and in the corner outfield scoring 12 runs and drawing 12 walks across 119 at-bats. After redshirting in 2017, Justin Dahill hit .276 in just 29 at-bats last season adding another left-handed bat to the CSU lineup. Junior two-way player Ryan Stoudemire only hit over the second half of the 2018 season but made an impact collecting a team-best six home runs and driving in 24 runs. Stoudemire will make more appearances out of the bullpen, but will still get a chance to hit.
Both Jackson White and Milan Ellerson redshirted last season and look to get some at-bats and playing time their second season on campus. Meanwhile sophomore Josh Asbill posted seven hits and scored five runs across his 21 appearances, and also drew eight walks.
Javon Martin joins former Florence Darlington teammate Dante Blakeney after hitting .354 with 15 doubles, five home runs and driving in 38 RBI's. A native of Australia, Sam Trend-Beacom was named an All-NNAC first baseman last season at Lower Columbia Community College and was a second team Pacific Association Northwest All-Region performer. Reid Hardwick provides a switch-hitting infielder for the Bucs and joins the roster after two seasons at the junior college level.
Q&A with sophomore infielder Ryan Rizk