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AMCC Baseball Tournament Preview

FROSTBURG, Md. - For the second consecutive year, the road to the NCAA Tournament goes through Frostburg State as the 2006 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Baseball Tournament will be held at Bob Wells Field this weekend.

Play begins early Friday morning at 9:00 am when No. 1 Frostburg State (24-11) battles No. 4 Penn State Behrend (27-14). The second game of the tournament features No. 2 Pitt-Bradford (24-13) and No. 3 La Roche (22-14) at noon. The losers of both games will then meet in an elimination game at 3:00 pm.

Action continues on Saturday morning at 9:00 am with the winner’s bracket championship, followed by another elimination contest at 3:00 pm. The first championship game will be played at 3:00 pm, with the if-needed second championship contest scheduled for Sunday at noon.

FSU, 24-11 overall and 14-4 in the AMCC, enters the tournament having won six of its last seven games, including a sweep of Pitt-Bradford that clinched the AMCC regular-season title. The Bobcats lead the league in earned run average (3.59), fewest hits allowed (234), fewest earned runs (106) and strikeouts (262). At the plate, Frostburg State is second in doubles (69), tied for second in triples (11) and tied for third in homeruns (20).

Individually, senior Kyle Mahan (Woodbridge, Va./Potomac) leads the team in batting average (.385) and triples (4). Sophomore Jordan Crystal (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst (Monmouth)) is second, hitting .382, while junior Chris Jones (Baltimore, Md./North County) is third (.376). Senior Billye Hollister (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) is 24th in the NCAA Division III ranks in wins (8) and 59th in ERA (1.97). He also leads the conference with 72 strikeouts.

Pitt-Bradford enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed with a 24-13 overall mark and a 14-4 league slate. UPB spent the first five weeks of the season atop the AMCC, opening league play with a a perfect 10-0 record. However, the Panthers struggled late, earning splits with Pitt-Greensburg and Penn State Behrend before being swept by Frostburg State.

Pitt-Bradford leads the conference in batting (.326), doubles (93) and homeruns (30). UPB is ninth in the country in doubles per game (2.51), 21st in slugging percentage (.487) and 23rd in homeruns per game (.81). Dom Morelli is tied for the AMCC lead in homers (6) and is second in batting average (.422) and RBIs (39).

La Roche is the No. 3 seed with 26-14 overall and 13-5 league marks. LAR earned a spot in the final four after beating Penn State Altoona in the AMCC Play-In Round. The Redhawks finished their regular season, winning 11 of their last 13 games.

LAR is second in the conference in hitting (.322) and third in runs (245), hits (376) and doubles (65). La Roche leads the conference with 14 saves, while Nate McCollough is second in the NCAA Division III with 10. Jeff Butterworth owns the league’s lowest ERA (1.80) and is third with seven wins.

Fourth seeded Penn State Behrend, 27-14-1 overall and 12-6 in the AMCC, earned a spot in the double-elimination portion of the tournament after defeating Medaille in the AMCC Play-In Round. PSB has a solid pitching staff that leads the league with 265 strikeouts and ranks 26th in the country with 7.6 strikeouts per nine innings.

Individually, Shane Elzer leads the AMCC with a .430 batting average and is third with 52 hits. Chris McCartney paces the conference with nine wins and is third with 68 strikeouts.

2006 AMCC Baseball Tournament Final Four
Friday, May 12:
9:00 am - Game 1: #4 Penn St. Behrend vs. #1 Frostburg St.
12:00 noon - Game 2: #3 La Roche vs. #2 Pitt-Bradford
3:00 pm - Game 3: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

Saturday, May 13:
9:00 am - Game 4: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
12:00 noon - Game 5: Loser Game 4 vs. Winner Game 3
3:00 pm - Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5

Sunday, May 14:
12:00 noon - Game 7: Same as Game 6 (if needed)

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