Belmont’s Dave Jarvis was named the Ohio Valley Conference baseball coach of the year Tuesday, and the Bruins’ Guy Lipscomb was named player of the year and Andy Bean pitcher of the year.
Belmont (37-19, 18-6), who is leaving the OVC after the season to join the Missouri Valley Conference, won the regular season title and earned a No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.
The 37 wins tied for the most in Belmont’s history (2013), and included Jarvis’ 1,000th career victory as a coach on Feb. 23 against Middle Tennessee State and his 700th win at Belmont on April 23 against Evansville.
Jarvis is in his 25th season as Belmont’s coach and one of just 16 active head coaches with 700 or more wins at their current school.
Lipscomb, a Franklin native, hit .400 and stole 40 bases and became the first NCAA Division I player to accomplish that feat since 2011 (Stephen F. Austin’s Bryson Myles).
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His 40 stolen bases are the most by an OVC player since 2003, when Eastern Kentucky’s Josh Anderson set the OVC record with 57 steals.
Among OVC players he was first in batting average, stolen bases, on-base percentage, third in hits, seventh in runs scored and eighth in triples.
Bean made 14 starts and finished the year with a 9-1 record and 4.00 ERA in 83.1 innings of work. The lefty struck out 84 and held opponents to a .215 batting average.
Belmont opens the OVC tournament at Wild Health Field in Lexington, Kentucky on Thursday at 10 am The Bruins will meet the Game 3 winner. Eastern Illinois faces the SIUE-Austin Peay winner in Game 3.
All OVC first team
C – Jack Alexander, Austin Peay
1B – Jackson Feltner, Morehead State
2B – Nick Gooden, Morehead State
SS – Tyler Wilber, Southeast Missouri
3B – Bryson Bloomer, Murray State
OR – Guy Lipscomb, Belmont
OR – Jason Hinchman, Tennessee Tech
OR – Brett Johnson, SIUE
DH – Brady Bunten, SIUE
UT – Ryan Ignoffo, Eastern Illinois
SP – Andy Bean, Belmont
SP – Hayden Wynja, Murray State
SP – Kaid Karnes, SIUE
RP – Hayden Birdsong, Eastern Illinois
All-OVC second team
C – Andrew Keck, Southeast Missouri
1B – Brodey Heaton, Belmont
1B – Brennan Orf, SIUE
2B – Lucas DiLuca, Eastern Illinois
SS – Ed Johnson, Tennessee Tech
3B – Gabe Lacy, Tennessee Tech
OR – Brett Graber, Southeast Missouri
OR – Alex Jacobs, Morehead State
OR – Ryan Guardino, Tennessee Tech
DH – Roman Kuntz, Morehead State
UT – Gino Avros, Austin Peay
UT – Jacob Pennington, Murray State
SP – John Bakke, Morehead State
SP Jason Rackers, Southeast Missouri
SP Jalen Borders, Belmont
RP Kyle Brennan, Belmont
RP Kyle Miller, Southeast Missouri
All Freshman team
RHP – Jacob Weaver, Austin Peay
OR – Nathan Barksdale, Austin Peay
2B/SS – TJ Rogers, Austin Peay
RHP – Jordan Zuger, Belmont
LHP – Ethan Harden, Belmont
C – Blake Barton, Belmont
RHP – Caleb Guisewite, Belmont
SS – Chris Worcester, Eastern Illinois
RHP – Tyler Conklin, Eastern Illinois
OR – Carson Garner, Murray State
LHP – Ethan Osborne, Southeast Missouri
RHP – Anthony Klein, Southeast Missouri
OR – Jackson Green, Tennessee Tech
DH – Blaze Bell, UT Martin
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