HOMEWOOD, Ala. (WIAT) — The Samford Bulldogs began this baseball season with a lot of accolades and pressure. Three players were named All-Americans, tied for the most in the nation. Four were preseason all-conference and the Bulldogs were picked as conference favorites.
Outfielder Heath Quinn was a part of all of that preseason recognition, and it hasn’t distracted him. Quinn leads the Bulldogs in multiple offensive categories, including average, RBIs, home runs, and total bases. The latter three categories he’s at or near the top of all Division-I players across America.
The result? Quinn has twice been SoCon player of the week, once been the national player of the week, and was selected as the conference player of the month March 10th.
“This is a year he came in with a ton of preseason accolades,” head coach Casey Dunn said of Quinn. “Preseason all-conference, preseason all-american. You know, the big draft hype. There’s guys here to see him every night.”
“I’m really just focused on trying and helping the team,” Quinn said of his early season success. “If there’s runners on, I’m trying to get them in. If I’m the leadoff guy, I’m just trying to get on base and start something.”
This season, Quinn has already hit 10 home runs through 20 games. Last season, he finished with 14 and his freshman season, he ended the year with nine bombs.
“I think it’s just been a steady, just getting better each year, you know?” Quinn said. “Sticking to a good approach at the plate, having a plan each time. Not really trying to hit home runs but trying to stick to your approach at the plate and hopefully that will lead to home runs.”