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Former Pitcher Hollister, Signed to Slippery Rock Professional Baseball Team

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Former Frostburg State baseball pitcher Billye Hollister (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) has recently signed a contract for the 2007 season with the Slippery Rock Professional Baseball team.

Last season as a senior, Hollister earned numerous awards including Second-Team All-American honors by the American Baseball Coaches Association. He was also selected as the Pitcher of the Year for both the ABCA Mid-Atlantic Region and the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.

Hollister finished his senior campaign with a 10-1 record, 2.18 ERA, and 80 strikeouts against only 26 walks in 86.2 innings, leading the Bobcats to the AMCC title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

He led the conference in strikeouts, tied for first in the league and was fourth in the country in victories and finished second in ERA.

In 2005, Hollister compiled a 7-3 record with a 1.75 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 82.1 innings and was named the AMCC’s Co-Player of the Year.

He pitched for the Allegany County Nitros of the New York Collegiate Baseball League, posting a 5-2 record and 0.92 ERA with 46 strikeouts in 56.2 innings.

For his career, Hollister was 26-7 overall with 230 strikeouts and a 2.98 ERA. He ranks second in the FSU all-time record books in games (52), starts (35), innings (247.2), shutouts (5) and wins. He also ranks third in strikeouts, fourth in winning percentage (.787), fifth in strikeouts per nine innings (9.29) and sixth in ERA.

“I am very happy for Billye,” said FSU head coach Chris McKnight. “He worked hard throughout his career at Frostburg State to attain this and I had no doubt he would have the opportunity to play professional baseball.”

Slippery Rock Professional Baseball, which is a part of the Frontier League, will begin its inaugural season on Wednesday, May 23, at the Washington Wild Things.

The home opener will be on Tuesday, May 29, against the Florence Freedom. Thirty two home games will be played during the summer at Jack Critchfield Park on the campus of Slippery Rock University.

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