College Notebook: Perfect Game Releases Preseason Top 25 Poll

January 9 - After helping East Carolina University win the American Athletic Conference championship and reach the NCAA Tournament last spring, Jake Agnos returns to a Pirates team that is ranked No. 11 in the Perfect Game preseason Top 25 poll released earlier this week.

Agnos, the Battlefield High School graduate and our 2016 NOVA Nine Player of the Year, struck out nine over four scoreless innings as East Carolina defeated Connecticut, 4-3 in the AAC final. The left-hander finished 4-4 with a 4.10 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 63.2 innings, then was one of the top pitchers for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team over the summer.

He’ll be joined this year by Carter Spivey (Paul VI Catholic), a freshman right-hander who went 4-3 with a 1.65 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 42.0 innings in his final prep season last spring.

North Carolina, which is coming off a College World Series appearance, was ranked No. 6 in the poll. Joining the Tar Heels this spring is freshman infielder Will Schroeder (Freedom-South Riding), who earned second-team Class 5 all-state honors as a senior last year.

Votes Coming For Adjusted NCAA Recruiting Calendar, 3rd Paid Assistant

Two major votes that will affect college baseball will be on the table over the next few months, beginning with its recruiting calendar later this month.

A proposal that would decrease the amount of time Division I coaches are able to recruit will be voted on at the NCAA Convention, which will be held Jan. 23-26 in Orlando, FL. The measure would add a few dead periods and extend existing quiet periods to the 2019-20 recruiting calendar that begins on Aug. 1.

In April, the Division I committee will vote whether to approve a third paid coaching position. Currently, Division I programs are only allowed three paid positions - the head coach and two assistant coaches - with staffs then allowed one volunteer assistant. A survey conducted by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) showed that 93 percent of Division I head coaches support the idea, though pushback from athletic directors is likely to yield a close vote.

Transfers Adams, Beasley Hoping to Make Immediate Impact at George Mason

Two players with local ties are hoping to make contributions after transferring to George Mason.

Devon Adams (Paul VI Catholic) will compete for the backup spot behind first-team All-Atlantic 10 Conference catcher Logan Driscoll (Lake Braddock), providing depth at the position along with senior Brady Klein and freshman Jack FitzGerald (Freedom-South Riding). Adams, a junior with two years of eligibility remaining, hit .225 with a .368 on-base percentage in 125 plate appearances in his two seasons at Old Dominion.

Also joining the Patriots will be right-hander James Beasley (Battlefield), who went 4-1 with a 4.42 ERA and had 47 strikeouts in 36.2 innings last year at Frederick (MD) Community College after spending his freshman year at Hofstra. Beasley will also have two years of eligibility at George Mason. ;

The Patriots open their season on Feb. 15 against Iowa in Kissimmee, FL.

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Photo of Jake Agnos courtesy of East Carolina University Athletics