FROSTBURG, Md. -
The Frostburg State baseball team finished the 2006 campaign with a 29-13 overall record and a 14-4 slate in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. FSU made just its third trip to the NCAA Tournament and first since 1987.
With a 6-2 opening round win over regional-champion Montclair State, the Bobcats captured their first-ever NCAA Tournament regional win. Frostburg State went on to finish the regional 2-2 after collecting its second victory against Gwynedd-Mercy when sophomore Brett Mitchell (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning.
For the second consecutive year, FSU hosted the AMCC Tournament. This season however, the Bobcats captured the AMCC title and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
In the opening round, FSU defeated Penn State Behrend 8-7 and in the winner’s bracket final, sophomore Andrew Speights (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) singled home the game-winning run as Frostburg State defeated La Roche 8-7. In the championship game, La Roche again carried a lead late into the game only to watch as the Bobcats rallied to a 6-5 victory on a RBI single in the bottom of the ninth from senior Kyle Mahan (Woodbridge, Va./Potomac).
Frostburg State earned numerous post-season honors at the conclusion of their season. Senior starting pitcher Billye Hollister (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) was named the American Baseball Coaches Association All-Region Pitcher of the Year. Speights and classmate Allen Peake (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) were selected to the Mid-Atlantic Regional All-Tournament baseball team while six Bobcats were selected to the All-AMCC team. Hollister was honored as the league’s pitcher of the year and he joined Mahan as a first-team honoree.
Peake garnered All-AMCC second team honors along with junior Chris Jones (Baltimore, Md./Towson) and sophomore Art Barone (Chestnut Ridge, N.Y./Spring Valley). Sophomore pitcher John Micklus (La Plata, Md./McDonough) was named to the all-conference honorable mention squad.
The FSU baseball team also placed six players on the 2005-06 Academic All-Conference Team. Senior Scott Miller (Trumansburg, N.Y./Trumansburg), junior Rob Comerford (Herndon, Va./Oakton (Garrett College) and freshmen Andy Chrobak (New Castle, Pa./Laurel), Brian Short (Ashburn, Va./Paul VI), Patrick Hendricks (New Milford, Conn./New Milford) and Michael Jester (Preston, Md./Colonel Richardson). To be eligible, a student-athlete must compete in a conference sport and carry a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade point average.
For further information on this release, contact:
Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303