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All-LEC honors for three Panthers

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Three juniors on the Plymouth State College baseball team were recognized Monday when the Little East Conference announced its 2002 All-Star Team.

Designated hitter Robbie Burr (Concord, N.H.), third baseman Scott Hodsdon (Somersworth, N.H.) and outfielder Jay Zinis (Manchester, N.H./West) were PSC's representatives on the All-LEC squad, all three being named to the First Team. The All-Stars are selected based on a vote of the league's eight head coaches. It is the first post-season LEC honor for Zinis, while Burr and Hodsdon were Second Team picks last season.

A 5'10". 188-pound DH, Burr was one of the top power hitters in the conference this spring. He cracked nine home runs, ranking third in the LEC and matching the single-season PSC record (previously done three times). He batted .395 in 35 games with 31 RBI and 32 runs scored, leading the team in slugging percentage (.731) and tying for the lead with 13 doubles (4th in the LEC). Primarily the DH, Burr also saw limited action in left field and at third base.

A 6'0", 215-pound third baseman, Hodsdon started all 37 games for PSC, topping the team and ranking among the LEC leaders in hits (63), runs (36) and triples (4). His league-leading hit total was just one shy of the PSC single-season school record. Hodsdon also matched the PSC single-game record with five hits against Rivier College.

A 5'11", 185-pound left fielder, Zinis led PSC with a .423 batting average, 39 RBI and 93 total bases, while adding 13 doubles and six home runs. He was among the LEC's top hitters, ranking third in average, second in hits (1.66 per game), fourth in doubles and sixth in home runs. He matched PSC single-game records for doubles (3) and triples (2), and was selected LEC Offensive Player of the Week once in April.

The Panther threesome was honored despite a disappointing season for the Panthers. PSC, led by 18th-year head coach Dennis McManus, finished 16-20-1 overall and in sixth place in the LEC with a 3-10-1 mark.