Four Lancers make All-Conference
After finishing the regular season second place in the conference and securing its highest-ever conference tournament seed, Longwood’s baseball team continued its record-setting season as a school-record four Lancers were selected to the Big South All-Conference teams as announced by the conference Monday afternoon.
Senior right-handed starting pitcher Travis Burnette was selected to the first team, junior designated hitter Alex Lewis and senior first baseman Connar Bastaich each made the second team, and sophomore left-handed relief pitcher Michael Catlin was named to the All-Academic team. The all-conference awards for Burnette, Lewis, Bastaich and Catlin are all the first of their careers.
Burnette, a native of Lynchburg, became just the second Longwood pitcher to make the first team and the third player overall to receive the award. During the regular season, he went 7-1, had the league’s lowest batting average against at .211 and finished second in the league with a 2.21 ERA.
Lewis, a native of Burke, had a breakout campaign as a junior. Lewis set career highs in hits, average, games played, games started, RBI, total bases, doubles, home runs and slugging percentage, leading the Lancers in virtually every offensive category.
Lewis finished 10th in conference with a .353 batting average, seventh with 76 hits, ninth with 43 RBI, and fourth with 20 doubles.
Bastaich, a native of Midlothian, finished his regular season with a team-high 22 multi-hit games, hit .335, had nine doubles, 32 RBI and his first two career home runs while manning first base in all 55 games for the Lancers.