West Liberty Lands 3 on All-MEC Baseball Team


BECKLEY, W.Va. – The West Liberty University baseball squad had three players named to the 2022 All-Mountain East Conference Team on Wednesday when the league coaches announced the results of their annual All-Conference balloting.

   Starting pitcher Justin Pennybacker was a second-team selection while outfielder Jake Sherman and second baseman Ryan Talbert received honorable mention in the league-wide voting.

   Pennybacker, a 6-0, 200-pound junior righthander from Follansbee, W.Va., was the ace of the Hilltopper staff this spring. He ranked No. 2 in the MEC with a 3.34 ERA and finished tied with Fairmont’s Logan Smith for the fewest earned runs allowed (25) by a full-season starter. He also ranked among the league’s top five in opposing batting average and won an MEC Pitcher of the Week Award with a two-hit shutout against regionally-ranked Glenville State in late March.

   Sherman, a 5-11, 185-pound freshman outfielder from Newark, Ohio, led West Liberty and ranked No. 3 in the MEC with a .413 batting average. He also ranked No. 2 in the league with a .540 on-base average, reaching base in 31 of his 32 starts. The lefty table-setter had 38 hits in 92 at-bats to go along with 24 walks and 5 hit-by-pitches, finishing the season with a .467 slugging percentage and 1.007 OPS.

   Talbert, a 5-9, 170-pound freshman second baseman from Hagerstown, Md., also spent a considerable amount of time on the basepaths for the Black and Gold. He batted .307 with 39 hits in 127 at-bats, including 9 doubles, a triple and a home run for a .467 slugging percentage. He also worked 24 walks and had 4 hit-by-pitches to finish with a .421 on-base average and ranked No. 2 on the team with an .838 OPS.

   Notre Dame shortstop Ben Ross was the MEC Player of the Year with Glenville State ace Adam Riggleman earning MEC Pitcher of the Year honors. Charleston first baseman Kyle West was voted MEC Freshman of the Year with Coach of the Year honors going to Fairmont State’s Matt Yurish.

 

BASEBALL

2022 All-Mountain East Conference Team

       MEC Player of the Year: Ben Ross (Notre Dame)

       MEC Pitcher of the Year: Adam Riggleman (Glenville State)

       MEC Freshman of the Year: Kyle West (Charleston)

       MEC Coach of the Year: Matt Yurish (Fairmont State)

FIRST TEAM

      Pos. Name                                   School

      C      Tyler Dellerman                  Charleston

      1B   Bryce Jackson                     Frostburg State

      2B   Andrew Stone                    W.Va. State

      SS    Ben Ross                             Notre Dame

      3B   Zack Saryeldin                     Concord

      UT   Jack Lawrence                    Frostburg State

      DH   J.R. Heavilin                         Wheeling

      OF   Danny Estrada                    Frostburg State

      OF   Nick Farrell                          Notre Dame

      OF   Zach Musgrove                   Fairmont State

      OF   Jack Skantze                        Wheeling

      SP    Andrew Neff                       Concord

      SP    Adam Riggleman               Glenville State

      SP    Ethan Soderna                    Charleston

      SP    Colt Webb                           Charleston

      RP   Anthony Stehlin                 Concord               

SECOND TEAM

      Pos. Name                                   School

      C      Calen Kampes                     Glenville State

      1B   Kyle West                           Charleston

      2B   Jordan Bailey                      Charleston

      SS    Braxton Boddorf                Charleston

      3B   Alec Medoza                       Notre Dame

      UT   Chandler Ballenger            Alderson Broaddus

      DH   Ethan Kiple                          Frostburg State

      OF   Eric Chartier                        Charleston

      OF   Fabian Escalante                Glenville State

      OF   Trevor Jones                       Frostburg State

      OF   Kyle Keenan                        Concord

      SP    Will Grove                           Frostburg State

      SP    Chase Norris                       W.Va. State

      SP   JUSTIN PENNYBACKER    WEST LIBERTY

      SP    Logan Smith                        Fairmont State

      RP   Jose Rodriguez                   Glenville State

HONORABLE MENTION

      C: Joey Duffer (CU); 1B: Chris Satcher (CU); 2B: RYAN TALBERT (WLU); 3B: Vince Sabatino (FAIR); Utility: Jacob Murray (WU); DH: Trevor Smith (GSU); OF: Josh Adkins (CU), Mathew Mangum (GSU), Nathan Paulsen (WVSU), JAKE SHERMAN (WLU), Blake Vandiver (WU); SP: Connor Cramer (FAIR), Julian Minaya (GSU), Max Proctor (FROST), Hayden Scudder (WU); RP: Cole Peschl (UC)


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