Ashland, Va. ' Randolph-Macon College pitcher Travis Beazley was drafted in the 38th round of the Major League Amateur Baseball Draft June 7 by the Boston Red Sox. A native of Beaverdam, Va., and a graduate of Patrick Henry High School, Beazley likely will be assigned to either the Gulf Coast Red Sox or the Red Sox Single-A affiliate, the Lowell Spinners. He will find out his final destination in the coming days. Once assigned to a team, he will be pitching during the regular season, which runs from mid June through mid September. The Gulf Coast Red Sox play in Fort Myers, Fla. The Lowell Spinners play about 30 miles northwest of Boston, Mass. 'We are all very proud of what Travis has accomplished at R-MC in his career, especially because he is a local talent,' said R-MC Athletic Director Denis Kanach. 'He is a great example of what you can accomplish when you believe in yourself.'R-MC head baseball coach Ray Hedrick echoed Kanach's sentiments: 'This couldn't have happened to a better person. His incredible work ethic and determination reflects that of the Randolph-Macon baseball program. He's the consummate team player and has significantly contributed to our team's success. I have been very fortunate to have coached Travis. He will represent our institution and baseball program tremendously well at the next level.'Beazley, who graduated from R-MC this May, was the only Division III player drafted in Virginia and one of only two ODAC players to be drafted this year. He also is the first R-MC player to be selected in the major league baseball amateur draft in recent memory. He recently was named a 2006 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) second-team Division III All-American. He is the Randolph-Macon baseball program's first-ever All-American on the Division III level. Also, Beazley was the only player in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) and one of only two players in Virginia to be named a Division III All-American this year. Also named the ABCA Division III South Region Pitcher of the Year, first-team all-region and first-team all-state by the Virginia Sports Information Directors, right-handed pitcher Beazley was the 2006 ODAC Pitcher of the Year and first-team all-conference as a pitcher, as well as second-team all-ODAC as a third baseman. He was the conference Pitcher of the Week twice, and was also a National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Honorable Mention national Pitcher of the Week once. A transfer to R-MC as a sophomore, Beazley was a team captain all three years with the Yellow Jackets and a two-time team Most Valuable Player.
This past spring on the mound, Beazley's numbers included a program single-season record 108 strikeouts, a 1.94 earned run average, and a 9-3 record in 88.0 innings pitched. He struck out an ODAC and R-MC single-game-record 17 batters in the season finale against Newport News Apprentice School May 2nd, picking up a win over 8.2 innings in the 9-2 affair, and also broke the school career strikeout record that day, finishing with 216. His nine victories tied the program's record for wins in a season. Beazley was first in the ODAC in strikeouts and innings pitched, tied for first in wins and games started (12), and second in opponent-low batting average (.224). In the NCAA, he was ranked ninth in victories and 16th in strikeouts per nine innings. On the R-MC team, Beazley was first in earned run average, opponent-low batting average, wins, innings pitched, strikeouts and games started.Also R-MC's top offensive player, Beazley batted a team-leading .378 (34-for-90), with five doubles, three triples, one home run and 22 RBIs, and also had four stolen bases and 23 runs.As a junior in 2005, Beazley was named first-team all-ODAC, honorable mention all-state, and honorable mention all-South Region as a third baseman. He was also the conference Pitcher of the Week once last season.To go along with his athletic honors, Beazley was also named a 2006 College Sports Information Directors/ESPN The Magazine first-team District 3 college division all-academic selection. District 3 includes schools in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia, and the award is based on both athletic and academic excellence. A business/economics major, Beazley was a Dean's List student at R-MC, a member of the ODAC all-academic squad, and an R-MC Presidential Scholarship recipient.The 2006 R-MC baseball team finished 22-18 overall and 11-7 in the ODAC. The 22 wins tied the program's season record (22-7 in 1977 - records date back to 1949-50). After finishing with no more than 15 wins overall and six Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) victories the previous five seasons, 2006 was an incredible turnaround for the Yellow Jacket baseball program under second-year head coach Ray Hedrick. Besides the record-tying 22 wins, other achievements for the team included: an overall winning record for the first time since 1996 (15-12); the first conference winning record since 1997 (9-7); and the best conference record since 1995 (11-5 - teams started playing an 18-game schedule when Roanoke baseball began competition in the ODAC in 2003). The 2006 team was picked to finish seventh in the ODAC preseason coaches poll, but ended up fourth in the conference regular season and competed in the ODAC tournament for the first time since 1997. Hedrick is a 1997 R-MC graduate and former Yellow Jacket baseball player, as is assistant coach Brian Toland '96. First-year assistant coach Evan Brannon rounded out the 2006 staff.
For more information or to contact Travis Beazley or R-MC head baseball coach Ray Hedrick, call (804) 752-7303 or (804) 380-7949.
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