Ventura Elected To College Baseball Hall

LUBBOCK, Texas (http://www.okstate.com) - Former Oklahoma State great Robin Ventura has been elected to the inaugural class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame, it was announced today. Ventura is one of 10 inductees - five coaches and five players - in the Class of 2006. Former Cowboys Pete Incaviglia and Gary Ward were also finalists but were not voted in by the 80-member College Baseball Foundation Hall of Fame Voting Committee.

"One thing that was apparent throughout the voting process was the thought that our voters put into this very difficult task," said CBF Chairman/CEO John Askins. "The history of college baseball predates 1900, and I believe that our voters focused on the individuals who helped lay the foundation of the modern game as we know it today. The first-ever class of inductees will give our event a unique place in the history of sports."

Ventura, along with legendary coaches Bobby Winkles of Arizona State, Skip Bertman of LSU, Ron Fraser of Miami, Cliff Gustafson of Texas and Rod Dedeaux of USC and players Bob Horner of Arizona State, Dave Winfield of Minnesota, Will Clark of Mississippi State and Brooks Kieschnick of Texas, will be enshrined into the hall of fame during a two-day celebration in Lubbock, Texas on July 3-4.

A star for the Cowboys from 1985-1988, Ventura still owns seven OSU offensive records. The three-time All-American boasted a .428 career batting average and still holds the record for college baseball¹s longest hitting streak, which spanned 58 games in 1987.

As a freshman, Ventura hit .469 with 21 home runs and 96 RBIs, earning All-American and Freshman of the Year honors. He was also the Most Valuable Player of the Big Eight Tournament.

There would be no sophomore slump for Ventura as he was Baseball America's Player of the Year in 1987 after hitting .428 with 21 homers and 110 RBIs. He again earned All-American and Big Eight Tournament MVP honors.

During Ventura¹s junior season, he led OSU to a 61-8 record by hitting .391 with 26 homers and 96 RBIs. He earned All-American honors for the third time and was also honored with the 1988 Golden Spikes Award as college baseball's top player.

Ventura played for Team USA in the 1988 Summer Olympics and spent 16 seasons in Major League Baseball before retiring in 2004.

For more information on the College Baseball Hall of Fame and the Class of 2006, go to the College Baseball Foundation website at www.collegebaseballfoundation.org.

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