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Baseball Headed to NCAA Tournament
05/17/2006

FROSTBURG, Md. — The Frostburg State baseball team is headed to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1987, Wednesday, when it squares off against Montclair State at 1:00 pm. The Mid-Atlantic Regional is being held in Boyertown, Pa. on the campus of Alvernia College.

FSU (27-11) is the No. 7 seed while MSU (27-16-2) is the No. 2 seed. The College of New Jersey (36-6) is the top seed and the No. 1 ranked team in the nation according to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

Rounding out the region is No. 3 seed Kean (29-15), No. 4 seed Franklin and Marshall (28-9), No. 5 seed Gwynedd Mercy (31-13) and No. 6 seed Alvernia (30-11).

The Bobcats earned a spot in the tournament after capturing the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament Title this past weekend. FSU used an opening round victory over Penn State Behrend, 8-7, followed by an 8-7 defeat of La Roche in the winner’s bracket final, and yet another win over La Roche 6-5 in the championship game to capture the title.

The Red Hawks earned one of the at-large berths into the tournament following a regular season that saw MSU win 27 games against one of the toughest schedules in the nation. Montclair has faced 11 of the 52 teams that are competing in the Regionals this week and posted an 11-9 mark.

Both FSU and MSU are ranked in the NCAA Regional poll. Frostburg State is currently eighth in the region while Montclair State holds down the second spot.

The Bobcats are powered by senior Kyle Mahan (Woodbridge, Va./Potomac), junior Chris Jones (Baltimore, Md/Towson) and sophomore Art Barone (Chestnut Ridge, N.Y./Spring Valley).

Mahan leads the team in batting average (.389) and triples (4), and is second on the team in hits (42) and stolen bases (11) and third in runs (23) and RBIs (23).

Jones leads the Bobcats with 13 doubles. He is second on the team in walks (18) and slugging percentage (.560), fourth in on-base percentage (.482) and batting average(.363) and fifth in total bases (51).

Barone leads the Bobcats with 13 doubles. He is second on the team in walks (18) and slugging percentage (.560), fourth in on-base percentage (.482) and batting average(.363) and fifth in total bases (51).

On the mound, FSU is powered by senior Billye Hollister (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone). For the second-consecutive season, he was selected as the AMCC’s Co-Player of the Year.

On the season, Hollister is 9-1 overall and ranks first in the league in innings pitched (81.0), second in strikeouts (76), ERA (2.22), wins, opposing batting average (.195) and runners picked off (4). Hollister currently ranks 24th in NCAA Division III in wins and 59th in ERA. He was also named to the All-AMCC first team.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu