Baseball Awards Announced

WVU baseball coach Greg Van Zant has announced the team's MVPs for the 2006 season. Senior outfielders Casey Bowling and Stan Posluszny shared the position player MVP, while junior pitcher Dan Leatherman earned honors as most valuable pitcher. Freshman centerfielder Adam White nabbed the team's rookie of the year award.

Bowling batted .403 with 15 doubles, seven home runs and 43 RBI. The Chapmanville, W. Va. native became just the seventh Mountaineer to bat over .400 since 1990. He was also flawless in the field, and was the only starter to not commit an error. Bowling is current a member of the River City Rascals in the Independent League.

Posluszny, like Bowling an all-Big East first team pick, finished his career with ten top-10 offensive rankings at WVU. He is the all-time leader in RBI (174), doubles (58) and extra-base hits (93). Thirty-three of those hits were home runs, which puts him second on the all-time list in that category. Posluszny was picked in the 34th round by the Seattle Mariners after hitting ten homers and driving in 60 runs during 2006.

Leatherman led the WVU pitching staff with a 7-2 record. He amassed 67 strikeouts and recorded a 5.12 ERA in 77 1/3 innings. He also had four saves. Leather recently signed a free agent contract with the Minnesota Twins.

White, who earned freshman all-America honors, batted .368 with six doubles, three triples, a home run and 27 RBI. He also had 19 steals and led the team with 14 sacrifice hits.

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