Dayton entered the last weekend of the regular season with a chance to move into first place in the A-10. Two losses in three games to Fordham at home dropped it three games behind Virginia Commonwealth (39-17, 19-5) and two back of Davidson (26-19, 14-6).
Connor Echols: Future bright for Dayton baseball
Still, this was Dayton’s best finish in the A-10 since 2012 when it tied for first with Saint Louis at 17-7 and then beat Richmond 3-0 for the program’s first — and so far only — A-10 tournament championship.
“I’d say the future is very bright,” said senior left fielder Connor Echols, a Sidney High School graduate. “Coach King has got everybody to buy in. He’s just now getting some of his recruits in, and he’s got some of the guys who were here before him bought into what he preaches. I think the future of Dayton baseball is one to be reckoned with, and it’ll be at the top of the A-10 in just about every single year. In his second year, we had a chance to win the conference. That says a lot about what he’s done and what the players have bought into. I look forward to following Dayton baseball the rest of my life.”
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King’s first recruiting class in 2018 ranked 94th in the country, according to PerfectGame.org, and second in the A-10. The 2019 roster, while heavy on Ohio talent, has players from 11 states and two foreign countries.
“Recruiting’s really the lifeline of the program,” King said. “Not only are we getting really good players, but we’re getting really good people. I think the University of Dayton attracts players like that. I really like the makeup of our team. We have a bunch of guys from different places. I think that’s very healthy. I think recruiting’s only going to continue to improve and just make the program better as a result.”
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