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Jan252011

Trojan Baseball Tabbed Eighth in Preseason Poll

ROCK HILL, S.C. – The Anderson University baseball team has been picked to finish eighth in its inaugural season in the South Atlantic Conference by the league’s coaches as released by the conference office Tuesday afternoon.
 
Senior second baseman Ryan Saxon and sophomore Erick Sanderson earned preseason second-team All-SAC recognition following stellar 2010 campaigns.
 
“With it being our first year in the conference we are picked about where I expected,” said Anderson head coach Joe Miller. “But it’s more about where you finish than where you start.”
 
Saxon is back following an outstanding junior campaign that saw the Landrum, S.C., native rank second on the team in hitting (.357), first in runs scored (52), RBI (50), doubles (23) and slugging percentage (.629). Sanderson saw playing time at first base as well as on the mound for Miller’s squad, as the native of Hanahan, S.C., hit .306 during his rookie season and recorded 33 hits, including seven doubles. The 6-foot-4 right-hander was second the team in total appearances on the hill (15), tied for second on the team in total wins (3) and was fourth on the squad in innings pitched (36.1).
 
“The league made good choices with Ryan (Saxon) and Erick (Sanderson),” added Miller. “Erick had a great freshman year and contributed both offensively and defensively. Ryan has shown his ability to hit the long ball during his career and we expect another good year from him as well.”     
 
The Trojans wrapped up the 2010 campaign with an overall mark of 20-35 after winning a pair of games in last season’s Conference Carolinas’ tournament, shocking nationally-ranked and No. 1 seed Mount Olive, 10-7, in the opening round then pulling off its second upset in as many days by eliminating the 24th-ranked Erskine Flying Fleet from the tournament.
 
Anderson opens the season Thursday, Feb. 3, when the Trojans play host to former conference-foe Limestone. First-pitch is slated for 3 p.m. at Anderson Memorial Stadium

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