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May 29, 2002

PSC trio earns All-New England honors

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The top three hitters on the Plymouth State College baseball team have been named to the 2002 All-New England Team, one each on the First, Second and Third Teams.

Junior 3B Scott Hodsdon (Somersworth, N.H.) was voted All-New England First Team, junior OF Jay Zinis (Manchester, N.H./West) was selected to the All-New England Second Team, and junior DH Robbie Burr (Concord, N.H.) was an All-New England Third Team choice. The voting was done by the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Coaches Association.

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.

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.

The three Panthers, who were each Little East Conference First Team All-Stars this spring, were 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.

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