The Cavaliers are coming off a 39-17 season with high expectations for 2020. The program has enjoyed recent success--including an NJCAA National Championship in 2017--and is poised to make a run at another Region IV championship this spring.
The Cavaliers are coming off a 39-17 season with high expectations for 2020. The program has enjoyed recent success, earning an NJCAA National Championship in 2017 and is poised to make a run at another Region IV championship this spring.
The Cavaliers return several players who saw everyday action and made significant contributions last season as freshmen. They include 2019 All-Region selections LF Kolton Moore (.331 bat avg./.538 slug%/.485 on-base%), 1B Michael Machnic (Webber International University signee)(.344 bat avg./.426 slug%/.472 on-base%) and RHP Nolan Lebamoff (Valparaiso University signee)(ERA - 2.81, S - 11, IP - 25.2, SO – 39). Position players C Nick Anderson (.337 bat avg./.441slug%/.478 on-base%), RF Nate Vargo (Cameron University signee)(.333 bat avg./.493 slug%/.493 on-base%), 3B/DH Jaret Humphrey (Kentucky Wesleyan College signee)(.371 bat avg./.448 slug%/.452 on-base%), and INF Nate James (Indiana University-Kokomo signee)(.256 bat avg./.333 slug%/.279 on-base%).
Division I transfer Clay Thompson has solidified the center field position for the Cavs. Speedy freshman Jake Vera also provides depth in the outfield. Freshman middle infielders Keldon Tyson, Ian Sanders, Eddie Saner, along with transfer Mark Miller, and corner infielders Kyle Kinney, Matt Lelito and Jackson Jasmin will also impact the Cavaliers. Along with Anderson, the catching duties will be handled by talented freshmen Garrett Latoz and Peyton Williams. Williams is coming off of surgery and will be available in mid-season. The Cavaliers return a solid group of impact arms on the mound for 2020. Along with Lebamoff, they return RHP Aaron Ball Jr. (Tulane University signee), RHP Tyler Jasmin (Eastern Illinois University signee), RHP Nick Laxner, RHP Owen Behrens (Quincy University signee), RHP Jake Duffy, and RHP Jake Schlueter. They will also rely on talented freshmen RHP Kyle Iwinski, LHP Gavin King, LHP Connor Krantz, RHP Trey Bryant, RHP Josh Varner, RHP Eddie Saner, RHP Jake Pevion, and RHP Matt Lelito.
“We have talent and depth on the pitching staff and will be able to look to multiple players for success this season,” says Head Coach Todd Post. “Our lineup will be able to score runs in a variety of ways and we will put pressure on our opponents with our team speed. Consistent pitching and defense will give us a great chance to win a Region IV Tournament the second week of May.”
The early season for the Cavaliers consist of an 11-game schedule in nine days, March 6-14 in Southern Illinois.