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Four PSC Baseball players earn All-LEC honors

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Four members of the Plymouth State College baseball team have been named to the 2000 Little East Conference All-Star Team.

Three Panther players were selected to the All-LEC First Team, and one received Honorable Mention. First Team picks include senior outfielder Josh Egan (Sharon, Mass.), sophomore pitcher Jeff Morgan (Laconia, NH) and freshman catcher Matt Tupman (Concord, NH), while senior second baseman Jason Freeman (Manhasset, NY) earned Honorable Mention. It was the first All-Star honor for all four individuals.

These Panther players were the standouts on a team that finished 16-17-1 overall, the first losing season since 1994. PSC tied for sixth in the LEC with a 4-10 mark.

A 6'0", 185-pound center fielder, Egan batted .322 with six doubles and five home runs in 33 games. He led the Panthers with 31 RBIs, and was second on the team in walks (24) and total bases (66). Egan finishes his 124-game career with a .326 batting average with 88 runs, 18 doubles, five triples, 15 home runs, and 93 RBI.

A 6'1", 175-pound right-handed starter, Morgan was the ace of the Panther pitching staff. He posted a 6-2 record in 10 starts with a 2.54 earned run average. He worked a total of 71 innings (including five complete games), allowing 62 hits and 34 runs (20 earned), walking 21 and striking out 59. He shared the LEC lead in victories, ranked third in total strikeouts and fifth in ERA.

A 6'0", 180-pound catcher, Tupman turned in a terrific rookie campaign for the Panthers. He led the ball club in batting average (.414), hits (46), runs (35), walks (24), doubles (13), triples (2), slugging percentage (.595) and on-base percentage (.514). He was also an outstanding defensive catcher, throwing out 12 of 34 prospective base stealers and picking off five runners.

A 5'8", 170-pound infielder, Freeman was PSC's hottest hitter down the stretch. He batted safely in 16 of his final 17 games, finishing with a career-best .380 batting average and sharing the team lead in hits (46) with Tupman. A four-year starter, Freeman closes out his 116-game career with a .312 batting average, 86 runs, 16 doubles, three triples, two home runs, and 52 RBI.

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