Six MAC Freshman Garner All-America Honors From Collegiate Baseball

Updated 6/20/2000
  • Two Buffalo Baseball Players Earn Freshman All-American Honors

    Six Mid-American Conference freshman baseball players, including three first-team all-MAC selections, and two future league players have been named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Team, chosen by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. Central Michigan's Mike Galloway was the lone representative on the All-American team, while five other current MAC players garnered honorable mention accolades.

    Galloway, a first-team all-MAC choice, finished eighth in the league in batting with a .376 average, a mark that led all freshman players in the conference. Galloway also had 12 doubles, 11 home runs and 47 RBIs.

    Miami's Chris Leonard led the RedHawks to the MAC tournament championship by posting a 7-1 record with a team-leading 2.79 ERA, which ranked second in the conference. A first-team all-MAC selection, Leonard picked up Miami's only win at the NCAA Regional Tournament by defeating Creighton, 6-3, working seven and one-third innings with two strikeouts and surrendering only three runs.

    Ball State's Bryan Bullington tied for first in the MAC in victories (9) plus led the league in strikeouts (99). The all-MAC first-team and league Freshman of the Year selection was sixth in earned-run average (3.83) and fourth in innings pitched (84.2). Bullington, 9-4 overall and 5-2 in MAC games, struck out 99 batters while walking only 26 and held opponents to a .212 batting average.

    Kent State had two players named to the honorable mention team, pitcher Dirk Hayhurst and catcher Pat O'Brien. A second-team all-league choice, Hayhurst was 5-1 with a 3.75 ERA for the Golden Flashes, who captured the MAC regular season title. In addition, Hayhurst tied for the league lead with two shutouts and fanned 47 batters in 57.2 innings. O'Brien, meanwhile, batted .276 with six home runs, 11 doubles and 28 RBIs.

    The sixth first-year MAC player to capture honors is Northern Illinois infielder Bilal Omar. Omar, who helped the Huskies to a 24-33 record after a 4-51 mark the previous season, hit .297 with 21 runs scored and 14 runs batted in.

    In addition to the six MAC players, two Buffalo players also garnered honorable mention honors. The Bulls, who competed for the first time in 13 years, had a 12-35 mark in 2000. For information on the Buffalo honors, click on above link.