12 Baseball Players Named To All-Region Team

Updated 7/28/2000
Twelve of the 26 selections named to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-Mideast Region team were represented by players from the Mid-American Conference, including five first-team honors.

Highlighting the first-team was MAC Player of the Year Shayne Ridley, who helped Ball State to a share of the West Division title and a trip to the league championship game. Ridley, a shortstop, finished the year ninth in Division I in hitting with a .434 batting average. Also capturing first-team honors was Bowling Green pitcher Tony Fontana, who led the league with a 2.69 ERA and also had an 8-3 record. Fontana was also the MAC's highest draft choice in the MLB First-Year Player Draft, a seventh round pick of the Boston Red Sox.

In addition to Ridley and Fontana, Kent State relief pitcher Dan Adams (league-best 14 saves in 2000), who is also the MAC's all-time saves leader (29), was tabbed a first-team choice, along with Central Michigan designated hitter Mike Galloway (.376, 11 HR, 47 RBIs) and Marshall outfielder Marty Rini (league-high 20 HR, 57 RBIs).

Pitchers Bryan Bullington and Tony Schiml top of the list of the seven second-team honorees. Ball State's Bullington, the MAC Freshman of the Year, paced the league in strikeouts (99) and also tied for the league lead in wins (9) with Ohio's Schiml, the MAC Pitcher of the Year. Schiml was a perfect 7-0 in conference action this year with a 2.47 ERA.

Marshall's Eric Pinkerton (1B, .392, 12, 37), CMU's Scott Pieratt (2B, .401, 12, 45), Ohio's Cory Keylor (OF, 14, 49) and Miami's Clark Mace (OF, 49 RBIs) and Kent State's Alex Marconi (C, 18, 57) were also named to the second-team.

Of the 12 players named to either the first- or second-team all-region squads, 10 were named first-team all-conference in 2000, and four were unanimous all-MAC selections.