Described by teammates as funny, easy-going, and entertaining, senior baseball player Adam Marston brings life and personality to the field.
EMU’s Marston is a senior from Woodstock, Va. He graduated from the Miller School of Albemarle and is majoring in business administration.
Baseball has been a part of Marston’s life for as long as he can remember. “I have played baseball my whole life, basically,” he said. “My dad loves baseball and passed on that love for the game to me. It has been great.”
Marston spent his first year playing the sport at Ferrum College in Ferrum, Va. However, after communicating with EMU’s head coach, Ben Spotts, he made the decision to transfer to EMU. Marston said, “I was sold on his vision and energy of the baseball program.”
In his first season as a Royal, Marston batted .329 in 27 games at first base. He had six doubles and one home run with 20 RBIs in 2016.
In baseball, a platoon is a method of sharing playing time, where two players are selected to play a single defensive position. In most cases, one platoon player is right-handed and the other is left-handed. As for Marston, he throws right-handed and hits left-handed, creating an advantage over his opponents.
During his first year, Marston was in a platoon role at first base with 2016 graduate and former Royal Nic Love. “He played well and the two complemented themselves very well,” Spotts said.
Continuing to compete at a high level against some of the best teams in D3 baseball is what Marston looks forward to most during his senior year.
Junior outfielder Kyle Wilkinson thinks Marston brings valuable enthusiasm to the team. “He brings a funny, dry humor and energy to the people around him.”
With such a young team, Marston knows there are lots of opportunities to succeed and is excited to watch the team grow and develop over the course of 40 games.
Senior catcher Brendon Salladay described Marston: “On the field, he’s a calm and collected player who never lets the moment get too big. Off the field, he is easy-going and a great friend.”
For Marston, baseball has been a lifelong game, but not necessarily one to pursue professionally post-EMU. Marston’s interests do not only pertain to baseball. As a huge Virginia Tech fan, he enjoys watching the Hokies play football in Blacksburg. He also enjoys spending time outdoors and golfing.
In the meantime, Marston can enjoy one last season at EMU playing the game he loves.