12/14/2011 - AC Baseball’s Spivey Signs with Abilene Christian
For the Angelina College Roadrunner baseball team in 2011, Seth Spivey was simply clutch.
For opponents, he was a real pest.
Spivey, a Brenham product, was “one of the toughest outs in our lineup”, according to Roadrunner head coach Jeff Livin. Spivey was a team leader in stolen bases with seven, but the numbers themselves offer little indication of his field-wide contributions. Spivey hit .281 for the season with a .320 slugging percentage; he drove in 21 runs in 51 games; and he hit .276 with runners in scoring position. When he got on base, he made things happen in ways that drove opposing pitchers and catchers nearly crazy.
In the field, Spivey spent most of the season at second base, where he made both the routine and spectacular plays. Later in the season, he spent a little time at the third sack, proving further his value to the Roadrunners.
All this leads to Spivey’s latest accomplishment: A signing with Abilene Christian University, where he’ll spend the 2012-2013 season as a member of the Division II Wildcats.
“The atmosphere was great,” Spivey said of his visit to ACU. “I enjoyed visiting the facilities, and I really liked spending time with the coaches. They’re good guys, and I felt I’d fit in well with their program.”
Boding well for Spivey is the fact that most freshmen entering the collegiate ranks at the Division I-III levels don’t see playing time until they’ve been there a while. After spending these two seasons with the Roadrunners getting his uniform dirty and his baseball skills honed, Spivey knows he won’t be treated as a freshman at Abilene Christian.
“I’ll go in wherever they need me, and try to be a leader both on and off the field,” Spivey said “Whatever it takes to help the team win.”
The signing pressure is over; however, Spivey said he and the rest of this year’s Roadrunners have plenty of unfinished business at hand as they prepare to open the 2012 campaign. Guidance from the coaching staff and former Roadrunners has Spivey and his teammates chomping at the bit to get back to the conference tournament.
“The coaching staff here at AC prepares us to play at the next level, whatever that level is,” Spivey said. “Plus, being around all those sophomores last season really helped. Chase Greening, with the way he battled on the field, his whole mentality during a game, made me see what it takes if you want to take your game to a higher level.
“Making it to regionals (in 2011) was an awesome memory, but I want to see us make an even better memory this year and win the thing.”
Spivey’s parents are Sheila and Marty Spivey.