Three Honored, One Departs

The American Baseball Coaches Association has named three Mountaineers to its 2006 Rawlings all-East Region team. Junior third baseman Justin Jenkins and senior left fielder Casey Bowling were both named to the first team, while senior right fielder Stan Posluszny was named to the second team.

All three were all-Big East first team selections and had solid seasons at the plate to help WVU rank second nationally with .344 team batting average in the regular season.

Jenkins established a new school single season record for hits with 94, surpassing Mark Landers 91-hit campaign in 1994. He had two different hit streaks of 21 and 17 games in 2006 and recorded a hit in 52 of WVU's 58 games, impressively. The Ridgeley, W.Va., native finished the year batting .375 with 25 doubles, 10 home runs and 49 RBI.

Bowling had a career year batting from the sixth spot in the lineup at the plate for West Virginia, becoming just the seventh Mountaineer player to bat over .400 since 1990. The Chapmanville, W.Va., native batted .403 with 15 doubles, seven home runs and 43 RBI. He also was just as valuable in the outfield as he was the only starter that committed no errors all season.

Posluszny, a preseason all-Big East pick, finished his career ranked in the top 10 of 16 different offensive categories at WVU. He owns school records in career RBI (174), doubles, (58), and extra base-hits (93). He also ranks second all-time with 33 home runs.

Posluszny earned Big East player of the week honors after a heroic performance against rival Pitt. The Aliquippa, Pa., resident was drafted in the 34th round by the Seattle Mariners in the Major League draft after hitting 10 home runs and knocking in 60 RBI as a senior.

WVU's last players to make the all-East team were Zac Cline (P), Tim McCabe (3B) and Jarod Rine (OF) back in 2003.

In other news, junior right-handed pitcher Dan Leatherman has signed a free agent contract with the Minnesota Twins. Leatherman came to WVU from Frederick Community College and posted a 7-2 record with a 5.12 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 2006. He pitched 77.1 innings also came out of the bullpen to earn four saves.

"We are happy for Dan that he was able to accomplish one of his lifelong goals," head coach Greg Van Zant said. "He did a great job pitching for us in his time here and we wish him the best."

Leatherman joins David Carpenter (St. Louis) and Posluszny (Seattle) as Mountaineers that have signed professional contracts this year.

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