2005 BASEBALL
PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
 


 PITT-BRADFORD PICKED TO
WIN AMCC BASEBALL TITLE
 


In their preseason poll, the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference baseball coaches have chosen the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford to win the league championship this season.

The Panthers were the runners-up at last year's conference tournament, losing in extra innings in the championship game to Frostburg State University.  The defending champion Bobcats were a very close second in the balloting, with La Roche College voted to the #3 spot, right on the heels of both higher ranked teams.

Pitt-Bradford senior third baseman Tim Lentz (Freedom, PA/Freedom HS) is the coaches' selection as Preseason Player of the Year.  Lentz was a member of the all-conference second team last season, hitting .410 with a .650 slugging percentage and 48 hits to help UPB to a 23-19 record and a runner-up finish in the conference tournament.

Last year's all-conference first team pitcher, Jeff Butterworth (North Cambria, PA/ Hagerstown CC) is the AMCC's Preseason Pitcher of the Year.  The La Roche junior was the workhorse in the Redhawks' line-up.  He started ten games last season and won six, fanning 43 in 57.1 innings of work.

The AMCC welcomes three new members to the conference this season:  Hilbert College, Medaille College, and Mount Aloysius College.  The conference will receive an automatic bid to the national tournament for the first time in Spring 2005.    
                            


AMCC
BASEBALL POLL
Preseason Rankings:
1. University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
2. Frostburg State University
3. La Roche College

Preseason Player of the Year:
Tim Lentz, Pitt-Bradford

Preseason Pitcher of the Year:
Jeff Butterworth, La Roche
 


                                        Players to Watch

FROSTBURG STATE (6-6 AMCC, 26-18 overall)
P Daryl Keys (Salem Central HS/Salem, NY)...SR...2004 record was 2-3...5.17 ERA with 1 shutout...fanned 35.

CF Kyle Mahan (Potomac HS/Woodbridge, VA)...JR...second team all-AMCC in 2004...hit .325 with 10 doubles and 3 triples...was 17-for-21 in stolen base attempts...


HILBERT (5-3 NEAC, 6-18 overall)
SS Sam Gioia (West Seneca West HS/West Seneca, NY)...SR...First Team All-NEAC and Player of the Year in 2004...batted 3.16 with 17 RBI and 6 HR...also a basketball standout, named to All-AMCC second team this season.

OF Matt Markott (Lake Shore HS/Angola, NY)...JR...Second Team All-NEAC last season...led all outfielders with 44 put-outs...also hit .237 with 5 RBI.

LA ROCHE (7-5 AMCC, 18-17 overall)
P Jeff Butterworth (North Cambria HS/North Cambria, PA)...JR...AMCC first team all-conference pitcher in 2004...6-3 record overall, 6-2 in conference...in 57.1 IP he fanned 47 and walked 23.

C Nick Wendell (Bedford HS/Everett, PA)...SO...2004 stats include a .362 batting average, team-high 8 doubles, .412 slugging percentage and .381 on base percentage...threw out 78% of runners.

LAKE ERIE (2-10 AMCC, 6-28 overall)

P James Knight (Conneaut HS/Conneaut, OH)...JR...made 12 appearances, starting 9, in
2004... 2-7 record...struck out 53 in 63.1 innings pitched...5.12 ERA ...5 pick-offs.

SS/2B Matt McNany (Franklin HS/Franklin, PA)...JR...did not play due to injury in 2004...
2003 stats included 72 AB in 22 games played...batted .417 with 30 hits, 13 RBI, 14 BB and 5
stolen bases in 6 attempts.

MEDAILLE (4-4 NEAC, 13-21 overall)

C Steve Grieco (St. Marys of Lancaster HS/Buffalo, NY)...SR...three-time All-NEAC
selection...hit .354 in 2004 with 23 RBI.
                        
P/OF Kevin Maluchnik (Niagara Falls HS/Niagara Falls, NY)...SO...named to the NEAC
all-conference team as a freshman...2004 stats included .375 BA, 7 doubles, and 15 RBI.

MOUNT ALOYSIUS (7-23-1 overall)
P/SS Joe Hinton (Central Martinsburg HS/Roaring Spring, PA)...SO...team MVP for the Mounties...responsible for 3 of the team's 7 wins on the mound, picking up 2 saves...batted .295 with 23 hits.

OF Steve Paskowski (Indiana HS/Indiana, PA)...SO...batted .373 with 31 hits and 22 RBI.

PENN STATE ALTOONA (7-5 AMCC, 17-20 overall)
SS Tony Petulla (Phillipsburg HS/Phillipsburg, PA)...SO...transferred to PSA from Div. II Clarion...PSAC Rookie of the Year last season...led the PSAC in hitting with a .444 average.

P Eric London (Dubois HS/Dubois, PA)...JR...strong 2004 with a 4-1 record and 4.12 ERA.

PENN STATE BEHREND (6-6 AMCC, 20-15-1 overall)
OF Shane Elzer (Trinity HS/Washington, PA)...JR...first team All-AMCC in 2004...named to ABCA Mid-Atlantic Team...led team in BA (.377), doubles (10), triples (8) and RBI (32)...voted team MVP...his .679 slugging percentage was AMCC best...ranked fourth nationally in triples per game...majoring in economics.

P Chris McCartney (Baldwin HS/Pittsburgh, PA)...JR...led team in wins, IP, starts...limited opponents to .228 average...AMCC leader in ERA at 2.32 and ranked nationally...voted team's most valuable pitcher after posting 6-2 mark with 5 complete games...pitched in relief in 15 games as a freshman...majoring in electrical engineering.

PITT-BRADFORD (9-3 AMCC, 23-19 overall)
3B Tim Lentz (Freedom Area HS/Freedom, PA)...SR...Second team all-conference in 2004...hit .410 with 13 doubles, 5 home runs and 29 RBI
.
P Bobby Wyant (Rocky Grove HS/Rocky Grove, PA)...SR...5-5 record last season...3.52 ERA, 80 strikeouts.

PITT-GREENSBURG (5-7 AMCC, 13-21 overall)
P/IF Stephen D'Uva (Central Catholic HS/Pittsburgh, PA)...SR...2004 record on the mound was 4-4 (3-2 AMCC, 3 complete games)...4.93 ERA, 4.52 in conference competition.

SS Todd Deloplaine (North Catholic HS/Pittsburgh, PA)...SO...second team all- conference last season...hit .279 (.302 AMCC)with a .409 on-base percentage...11-for-14 in stolen base attempts...on defense he had a .952 fielding percenatge.