BETHANY, W.Va. – Three Bethany College seniors, OF/P Ian Edwards (Martinsburg, W.Va./Hedgesville), OF Rich Majewski (McKees Rocks, Pa./OLSH) and OF Aaron Meadows (Wellsville, Ohio) have been named as Players to Watch in the Jan. 6 issue of Collegiate Baseball magazine.
This is the 16th season that Bison players have been recognized by the national publication and is the third time that Majewski and Meadows have been selected. It is the first honor for Edwards.
“After 16 years of having players named to the list, we’ve been fortunate enough to achieve a level on consistency in gaining this kind of national recognition,” said Bethany head coach Rick Carver, who led BC to a 23-17 record and berth in the PAC Tournament a year ago. “This is also the 14th time we’ve had more than one player selected and after some lean years early in the decade, it shows we’re back to where we want to be as a program.”
Edwards is coming off a season in which he earned First Team All-PAC honors. He batted .393 with three homers and a team-best 29 RBI. His 53 hits were also a team-high, as were his six doubles and four triples. In addition, Edwards served as the Bison closer and recorded seven saves to set the single-season record and become the school’s career saves leader with 11.
Coming into the ’06 campaign, Edwards has a .381 batting average, which is tied with Matt Raiti (2001-04) for the sixth highest in Bethany history.
“Ian proved last year he has all the tools,” said Carver. “Offensively, he was among the league leaders in many categories until the conference tournament and could have had a chance at MVP. On the mound, he can really shorten the game because he gives us so much confidence in the back-end of the bullpen. And in the outfield, he has a phenomenal arm. He had four double plays from right field in 2004 and the reason he didn’t have just as many or more last year was because no one ran on him.”
A Computer Science major, Edwards is the son of Jeff and Dina Edwards of Martinsburg, W.Va.
Majewski earned Second Team all-conference accolades a season ago, one in which he hit .304. He also led the team with 29 runs scored and 15 stolen bases, while walking 15 times, which was second on the team, and driving in 14 runs.
A huge part of the BC offense through his first three season, Majewski enters his final year ranked 10th all-time at the College in runs scored with 84.
“Rich brings a tremendous amount of positive energy to the team,” said Carver. “In the outfield, he recorded 102 putouts, so he can cover a lot of ground. With his speed, he is a true catalyst for the offense. And he is a true motivational leader for the team. He doesn’t have to speak because he just sets an example with the way he plays the game.”
A Physical Education major, Majewski is the son of Ron and Madonna Majewski of McKees Rocks, Pa.
Meadows placed his name on the list for the third straight year after bashing seven home runs in 2005, the second most in the PAC. In earning First Team All-PAC, he drove in 28 runs on the year while batting .376. Meadows tied for second on the club with five doubles, while also crossing the plate 22 times, good for third on the team.
In his final season, Meadows will have the chance to break many school records. His 13 career homers are just five away from the record of 18 set by Scott Deunger (1998-01). He is also second in career slugging percentage (.658), fifth in on-base percentage (.473) and tied for 10th in career extra base hits (33).
“Aaron has the potential to be the PAC Player of the Year,” said Carver. “I am really happy to see him earn this recognition three years in a row because he’s done it by dedicating himself to being the best ball player he can be. He does whatever is needed for the team, listens to coaching, works hard in the weight room and is a good student. Watching him become the player he is now has truly been a joy.”
A Computer Science major, Meadows is the son of David and Suellen Meadows of Wellsville.
With these three leading the Bison in 2006, Carver says there is potential for a very good season.
“If they play up to their ability and their stats, we should be a very good team,” said Carver. “Several coaches told me last year we may have had the deepest outfield in my time here and we should only be better with another year under our belts. Is there pressure on them to produce? Yes, but I honestly believe they will and obviously others do as well for them to be recognized like this.”