Jan. 10- BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College baseball team, fresh off a 21-win season and a trip to the ECAC Championships, had four players selected by Collegiate Baseball as Players to Watch for the 2011 campaign.
Senior outfielder Tyler Dillinger (McKeesport, Pa/McKeesport) made the list for the third consecutive season, while fellow senior outfielder Michael Pegg (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) makes the list for a second time, as he held this honor before the 2009 season. Senior second basemen Eric Fudala (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) makes his first appearance on this list, as does sophomore third baseman/pitcher Brad Kubis (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell).
“This is the 21st straight season with a Bison player on the list, which says something about the program,” said Bethany head coach Rick Carver, who was chosen as the 2010 PAC Coach of the Year. “These guys are all very deserving of this honor, but it wouldn’t have happened if they didn’t have good teammates on their side.”
Dillinger was selected to Second Team All-PAC last year as he helped lead the team to its first-ever ECAC home game. Dillinger led the Bison in doubles (15), runs scored (45) and walks (24). He was second on the team in batting average (.388), hits (57), on-base percentage (.469), and multi-hit games (18).
“Tyler is just the third player in Bison history to be named to the team and that is a very rare accomplishment,” said Carver. “He is a captain and very good leader for us and we are looking for a huge season from him.”
A history education major, Tyler is the son of George Dillinger of McKeesport, Pa.
Pegg is a senior outfielder for the Bison. He finished last season with a .350 batting average and .400 on-base percentage. Pegg also drove in 17 runs, with almost half of his hits going for extra bases. After his solid junior season, he is a career .320 hitter, with 20 doubles and four triples to his credit.
“I am very happy for Mike. His receiving this accolade is the product of his work ethic,” says Carver. “Mike is always in the weight room and is highly deserving of this honor.”
An accounting major, Michael is the son of Robert and Peggy Pegg of Uniontown, Pa.
Fudala was fourth on the team in batting average (.358), on-base percentage (.434), hits (43), and walks (14) as a junior. He also had 11 doubles and added one home run during the 2010 season. In the field, Fudala committed just eight errors and turned 19 double plays at a busy second base.
“Eric has been playing at an outstanding level for a couple seasons now, but has never got the recognition, so I am very happy for him” says Carver. “He is one of our captains and we will need his leadership in the upcoming season.”
A business major, Eric is the son of Eric and Rita Fudala of Uniontown, Pa.
Kubis is coming off one of the most successful seasons for a Bison freshman. He was named a D3Baseball.com All-American and a First Team All-PAC player by leading Bethany in batting average (.450), hits (68), on-base percentage (.473), RBIs (44) and triples (two). Kubis was also the closer in 2010, converting on 12 of 13 chances and posted a 1.47 ERA. His 12 saves not only set a single-season school record but was also a tie for the lead in the nation.
“Brad is a dominating presence on the mound at the end of the game and is a real game changer for us,” says Carver. “He is very deserving of every accolade he receives and it’s very impressive that he did all of that as a freshman. We can’t argue with his production defensively at third base, but we hope to see some improvement in this area.”
A biology major, Brad is the son of Bob and Terri Kubis of Aliquippa, Pa.
Bethany will begin the 2011 campaign on March 12 in Fort Pierce, Florida against Susquehanna. This will be the first of six games on the spring break trip.
By: Nate Tieman Sports Information Student Assistant