…senior utilityman Ben Little, who hit .281 with seven doubles, four triples, a homer and 29 RBIs last spring. The Bellaire native hit his only round-tripper, a three-run shot, in last year’s conference title matchup with Trinity.
Austyn Laird returns for his final campaign after a breakout season that earned him second-team All-SCAC laurels. Laird batted .252 with six doubles, a triple, a homer and 24 RBIs as a junior. He also ranked second on the team with 29 runs scored.
The Pirates also are counting on Ethan Hallmark to continue his tear on the bases. The junior outfielder helped Southwestern steal a league-best 97 bases a year ago. Hallmark swiped 12 of 15 attempts, while also hitting .271 with eight doubles and 15 RBIs.
Headlining the Bucs’ pitching staff is 6-foot-7 righty Will Preston. The Sugar Land native was an honorable-mention All-SCAC pick a year ago after posting a 4-2 record with a 3.92 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 57.1 innings of work.
Additionally, Tyler Polasek returns for his sophomore season after making an immediate impact a year ago. The southpaw was 2-2 with a rotation-best 2.66 ERA in 50.2 innings. Polasek also was a second-team All-SCAC honoree.