Berkery Named State's Best

Mississippi State senior shortstop Thomas Berkery was named Mississippi's top college baseball player for 2006 Monday night May 22, 2006 when he was named the recipient of the Cellular South Ferriss Trophy in a presentation at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum in Jackson, MS.

The senior from Sarasota, FL led the SEC in batting (.393); he was fifth in the league in hits (83) and second in on-base percentage (.474). He started all 54 games for State this season, getting a hit in 49 of them. His 30-game hitting streak this season was the fifth-longest in SEC history.

Joining Berkery among the finalists were USM centerfielder and C-USA hits leader Toddric Johnson, a junior from Jackson, MS and Mississippi Valley State junior shortstop Zach Penprase who led the nation in stolen bases and triples.

The finalists and eventual winner were determined in two rounds of voting by twelve Major League scouts, twelve head coaches of the state's four-year college baseball programs and a media representative.

The award is named for Dave "Boo" Ferriss an inductee in the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame. The Cellular South Ferriss Trophy is one-third of the Cellular South Outstanding Player Awards series that features individual honors in college baseball, football and men's basketball.

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