This season, the VMI outfield may very well be the strength of the team. In center field, the Keydets return senior and team co-captain Rob Dickinson, who tore through the Big South last season to the tune of a .354 average in conference games. All told, Dickinson finished with a .320 average, helped by hitting .388 over the final seven weeks of the season.
He will hit toward the top of the VMI lineup this season, as will left fielder Jordan Tarsovich. Tarsovich appeared to be on his way to a breakout season in 2012, hitting .286 in 13 total games, but he was in just four contests after a severe ankle injury suffered March 3 against Hartford. For the year, however, he had five extra base hits among his 12 total hits, accounting for a slugging percentage of .452. Pro-rated over an entire season, that would have ranked him fourth on the team.
The third projected starter in the outfield is sophomore Brandon Angus. Angus became the starting left fielder in late April, and went on to hit .315 and close the year with a six-game hitting streak. The athletic outfielder will look to improve his extra-base power this year after adding 15 pounds of muscle over the offseason.
Leading backups in the outfield will include Gary LeClair, who hit .245 as a true freshman, and redshirt sophomore Will Connerley. Connerley is a transfer from East Carolina who could see time at various spots on the diamond, including catcher, designated hitter and the corner outfield spots. Sophomores Sheldon Shifflett and Brandon Diamond will be part of the battle for time at designated hitter.