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Ten Bobcats Receive All-Conference Honors

FROSTBURG, MD - Frostburg State placed 10 players on the 2005 All-Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Baseball Team, including the Co-Player of the Year and the Newcomer of the Year. The all-conference team was announced late Sunday following the conclusion of the AMCC Tournament.

Junior pitcher Billye Hollister (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) was chosen the Co-Player of the Year, sharing the honor with Penn State Altoona shortstop Tony Petulla. After a stellar first year, freshman designated hitter/outfielder Andrew Speights (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) was named the Newcomer of the Year.

Hollister finished the season with a 7-3 overall record and a 4-2 mark against league competition. He led the rotation in appearances (14), complete games (5), innings pitched (82.1), pickoffs (13) and strikeouts (80) while finishing third in ERA (1.75). Hollister was also named to the All-AMCC first team.

Hollister cracked the top-10 in single-season team records in four categories. His 12 starts rank second all-time and he is third with 82.1 innings pitched, fifth with 80 strikeouts and seventh with his 1.75 ERA.

Speights grabbed first-team honors after leading the Bobcats in hits (53) and RBIs (40) and finishing second in batting average (.390) and doubles (11). His 53 hits are the fourth highest single-season total in FSU history.

Joining Hollister and Speights on the first team were senior outfielder Lance Williams (Herndon, Va,/W.T. Woodson), sophomore third baseman Art Barone (Chestnut Ridge, N.Y./Spring Valley) and sophomore outfielder Chris Jones (Baltimore, Md./Towson).

Williams, who took home two AMCC Player of the Week honors during the season, tied for first on the club with five home runs. He also finished second with 49 hits, 36 runs, 36 RBIs and 21 stolen bases.

Barone led the AMCC with a .544 on-base percentage. He also led FSU and finished second in the AMCC with a .416 batting average. Barone finished among the team leaders in 10 offensive categories including walks, drawing 20 free passes on the season.

Jones led Frostburg State with 23 stolen bases. From his lead-off spot, he ranked second with 36 runs and finished fourth with a .370 batting average. Jones led all outfielders with a .980 fielding percentage and 50 putouts.

Earning All-AMCC second team honors were senior pitcher Dan Lindner (Cumberland, Md./Allegany), sophomore second baseman Todd Holmes (New Broomfield, Pa./West Perry), sophomore shortstop Mike Gitzen (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) and freshman first baseman Allen Peake (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford).

Linder led the pitching staff with eight wins while finishing second with 12 appearances, four complete games, 66.1 innings pitched and 70 strikeouts. Among the starters, he was second with a 2.85 ERA. In his only season with the Bobcats, his .888 winning percentage (8-1 overall) ranks third all-time in a single season, while his eight victories rank fourth all-time in a single season.

Holmes tied Williams for the top spot with five homers and was second in doubles (9), triples (3), slugging percentage (.595) and walks (19). He hit .357 on the year and drove in 32 runs.

Gitzen led FSU with 16 doubles, 46 runs scored and 143 at-bats. He finished near the top in 11offensive categories, batting .336 with 48 hits and 28 RBIs.

Peake had a solid first season at Frostburg State, hitting .309, with 42 hits, 28 runs, three homers and 27 RBIs. He highlighted his season with game-winning RBI singles in victories over La Roche (3-2) and Pitt-Greensburg (6-5). Both hits came in FSU’s final at-bat.

For the second straight season, senior Chris Baugher (Frederick, Md./Brunswick) was named to the All-AMCC honorable mention squad. He is the lone repeat award recipient for FSU. This season, Baugher hit .324 with 22 hits, 21 runs, three homers and 16 RBIs.

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