Bob Mumma, UMBC's sophomore catcher from Rising Sun, has been named the Most Valuable Player in the East Coast Conference. He takes a .413 batting average, 14 home runs and 54 RBIs into the double-elimination conference tournament, which begins today at Mercer County Park in West Windsor, N.J.
Two other Retrievers sophomores, outfielder Greg Elliott and designated hitter Greg Deares, joined Mumma on the ECC all-star team selected by the coaches. UMBC also had the ECC batting champion in John Burns, a sophomore shortstop from Owings Mills who hit .445. Towson State, which finished third in the regular season, had no one named to the all-star team.
A berth in the NCAA tournament goes to the ECC champion. Towson State, 24-21 overall and 13-5 in the ECC, meets Delaware at 3 p.m. today. The other first-round game, at 7, has top-seeded Rider playing UMBC, which went 28-18 overall, 8-10 in its first season in the ECC. Games tomorrow are scheduled for noon (first-round losers), 3:30 (first-round winners) and 7.