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Tuesday, May 8, 2001


ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. --- Four members of the Elizabethtown College baseball team have been named Commonwealth Conference all-stars. They are Chris Turtell (Lindenhurst, NY/Lindenhurst), Jared Ness (York, PA/McPherson, KS), Bryan Pittinger (Westminster, MD/South Carroll), and Eric Lau (Dillsburg, PA/Northern). In addition, Pittinger was named the conferences Pitcher of the Year, freshman Brad Duppstadt (Mechanicsburg, PA/Cumberland Valley) was named the Commonwealth Rookie of the Year, and Etown head coach Matt Jones was named the co-Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Turtell, a junior catcher and 1998 graduate of Lindenhurst High School, was named a first team all-star for the second consecutive season. He has played in all 35 of Etown's games thus far and is currently batting .325 with six doubles, a team-high two home runs, and leads the conference in triples with five. He also leads the team in RBI with 24, slugging percentage with .508, and is tied for the team lead in runs scored with 24.

Ness, a senior right fielder, is a 1997 graduate of McPherson (KS) High School. This is the second consecutive year he has been named a first-team all-star, and he currently leads the team with a .336 batting average through 35 games. He also leads the team in doubles with eight, is tied with Turtell for the lead in hits with 39 and home runs with two, and he is second on the team with 12 walks and a .423 on base percentage.

Pittinger, a senior pitcher from South Carroll High School, has been named a first team all-star for the second consecutive year. This year is also the first year the Commonwealth Conference has named a Pitcher of the Year. Pittinger currently leads the team with six saves, and he has five wins and one loss with a 2.96 ERA. 27 of his 29 appearances this year have been in relief, and in his two starts, he became the only Blue Jay pitcher to throw a complete game this season. He has struck out 57 batters in 45-2/3 innings. He holds the program record for saves in a season (11), set in 2000, the record for career saves (19), appearances in a season (29), and career appearances (79).

Lau, a junior pitcher from Northern High School, has been named a second team all-star for the first time in his career. He leads Elizabethtown with eight victories against only two losses, and he has a 3.26 ERA. He has struck out 43 batters in 58 innings pitched thus far this season.

Duppstadt, a freshman center fielder from Cumberland Valley High School, was named the Commonwealth Conference Rookie of the Year after hitting .283 through 35 games. He is currently second on the team in RBI with 22, and he leads Etown with eight stolen bases. His 34 base hits place him fourth on the team.

The Elizabethtown College baseball team is currently 18-17 overall, and the Blue Jays won their second consecutive Commonwealth Conference championship and clinched their second consecutive automatic bid to the NCAA tournament with a 6-4 win over Messiah Saturday in the conference tournament.

The NCAA regionals will begin Wednesday, May 16 and run through Sunday, May 20. Brackets will be announced Monday, May 14.