Pease having good luck as Mount pitcher

Alumni Report

May 31, 2006|By BILL FREE | BILL FREE,SUN REPORTER

Pitcher Dustin Pease has been on a roll since the first day he set foot on a Mount St. Mary's baseball diamond nearly three years ago.

The hard-throwing left-hander from Archbishop Spalding has gone from Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year to NEC Pitcher of the Year this season. The reasons for the junior's success are an ability to hit both corners of the plate and a fastball that runs from 85 to 87 mph.

However, Pease, 5 feet 11, 165 pounds, believes there is a hidden reason for his run.

"My blue pocket T-shirt," Pease said. "It's my good luck charm. I've worn it every game I've pitched in my college career, and it hasn't worn out yet."

Thar covers 247 1/3 innings, as Pease has compiled a 23-12 career record and a 3.60 ERA, struck out 222 batters and walked 44. This season was his best, with a 10-4 record, 3.42 ERA, 73 strikeouts and 11 walks.

While the T-shirt keeps on helping Pease, the same luck hasn't been there for the Mount over the past three seasons. For the third straight year, the Mount missed the NEC tournament by one game.

Making this year's failure even more agonizing were two 1-0 shutout losses.

Joining Pease on the All-NEC first team was sophomore first baseman Josh Vittek (Liberty) who led the Mount in almost every offensive category including batting average (.340), home runs (seven), RBIs (39), doubles (20) and slugging percentage (.593).

Woods in World Series

Sophomore first baseman Dani Woods (Dulaney) and her fourth-ranked Alabama teammates are going to their second straight softball College World Series in Oklahoma City tomorrow through next Wednesday.

Woods drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to center field in the sixth inning of a 4-1 win over Stanford Friday in the first game of a best-of-three Super Regional at Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Tide came back Saturday to win the second game, 8-7, in eight innings.

Honor for Heffron

Towson senior outfielder Adam Heffron (Hammond) was selected to the All-Colonial Athletic Association second team for a third straight year after leading the Tigers with a .350 batting average.

Heffron, a four-year starter, also hit six home runs, had 38 RBIs, scored 34 runs, had nine doubles and four triples. He becomes the first Towson player to be named All-CAA three consecutive seasons and winds up his career with a .323 average and a 13-game hitting streak.

Contact Bill Free by e-mail at bfree7066@hotmail.com or by phone at 410-833-5349.

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