Argo Spotlight: Looking At Our Seniors Returning In 2021

first_imgPENSACOLA, Fla.- Due to a shortened season caused by COVID-19, the NCAA allowed for an extra year of eligibility for all athletes who played spring sports and their respective competitions.With this rule in place, six UWF baseball athletes who were about to see their eligibility expire following the 2020 season have decided to return for the 2021 season to give the Argonauts a stabilizing force as well as leadership as they chase another Gulf South Conference crown.A starter in last year’s weekend rotation, Eric Keating begins our list. After transferring from Florida Atlantic following the 2019 season, Keating was a productive pitcher in 2020, as he went 3-2 with a 3.66 earned run average.  The 6-4, 200-pound southpaw from Longwood, Fla. ranked third in the GSC in opponent batting average (.186), fifth in strikeouts (41) and seventh in hits allowed (22). He had his best performance against Montevallo on February 14th, throwing a complete-game shutout with 13 strikeouts.  The 13 strikeouts by Keating were the most for an Argonaut since at least the 2014 season.Joining the Argonauts as a junior following two years at a junior college, Alex Knight is the next pitcher in our breakdown.  Knight enjoyed his greatest success during the 2018 season as he appeared in 16 games, posting a 1.45 ERA over 18.2 innings of work while striking out 19 batters and only allowing six walks.  The right-handed hurler from Hattiesburg, Mississippi collected two saves and had a 1-0 record in the 2018 campaign as he held opponents to a .229 batting average and only allowed three runs to score all season.  Following a redshirt in 2019, Knight returned to the bullpen in 2020 as he made seven relief appearances.  He finished the year with a 2.70 era with 15 strikeouts in only 13.1 innings.Rounding out the pitchers is Jared Hatch.  Transferring in for his junior season, Hatch was a flexible piece for the Argonauts in 2019 as he made 18 appearances with six starts sprinkled in, including a key start in the NCAA South Regional.  After striking out 27 batters in his junior year, the local product from Cantonment, Fla. came back in 2020 to hold opponents to a .167 batting average while doing his best work in the final game of the season against Southern Indiana throwing 2.2 scoreless innings, as he collected the win.Dylan Menhennett is the first position player on our list.  Following a stint at a junior college, Menhennett joined the Argos in the 2019 campaign where he played in 51 games, making 43 starts.  A native of Biloxi, Mississippi, Menhennett hit .263 with four home runs and 31 runs batted in.  He had nine multi-hit games and seven contests where he drove in multiple runs.  The infielder was also dependable in clutch situations, scoring the game-winning run at the NCAA South Regional against Nova Southeastern in walk-off fashion.  2020 was set to be a banner year for Menhennett as he led the team in slugging percentage (.488), on-base percentage (.482), doubles (4) and was hit by a pitch five times.A infield teammate of Menhennett, Adam Imwalle is next up in our breakdown.  Hailing from Sarasota, Fla., Imwalle joined the Argos before the 2019 season and has made a major impact.  During the 2019 campaign, Imwalle appeared in 48 games, making 43 starts while hitting .317 with nine doubles, one home run and producing 35 RBI’s.  2020 was another huge season for the infielder as he started 21 games for UWF, finishing with four multi-hit games, 10 RBI’s and one home run.  His three sacrifice flies were good enough to pace the Argonauts.A transfer from Hampton, Georgia, Bryant Harris Jr. is the final player on our list.  The 6-4, 225-pound outfielder made an immediate impact in his inaugural season with the Argonauts in 2018, batting .300 in 30 games with 12 starts.  He posted a .394 OBP, to go along with three doubles and a triple in his first season.  In the 2019 campaign, Harris Jr. returned with an even better .319 batting average, hitting four doubles and two round trippers in 13 starts before his season was cut short due to an injury.  Finally, in 2020, the outfielder was on pace for a solid season posting 10 hits, including one home run, and seven RBI’s across 13 starts.  He was first on the team in triples (1) and runs scored (12) before the season ended.For the latest on UWF Baseball, please visit goargos.com or follow the team on Twitter @UWF_Baseball.Print Friendly Versionlast_img