Feb. 25, 2007

COLUMBUS, Ohio – James Madison outfielder Kellen Kulbacki was named the most outstanding player of the Buckeye Baseball Classic, which concluded Sunday at the New York Yankees Player Development Complex in Tampa, Fla. Kansas State went 4-0 to win the tournament championship and placed four players on the all-tournament team.

Wildcats Eli Rumler (shortstop), Byron Wiley (outfielder), Brad Hutt (starting pitcher) and Daniel Edwards (reliever) earned spots on the all-tournament team. Ohio State, which finished third with a 1-3 in Tampa, also placed four players on the team, including Tony Kennedy (third base), Eric Fryer (catcher), J.B. Shuck (DH/Utility) and Cory Luebke (starting pitcher). Seton Hall finished second in the event in going 3-1 and placed John Walsh (first base) and Greg Miller (outfielder) to the all-tournament. Joining Kulbacki on the team from James Madison was second baseman Mike Fabiaschi. The Dukes, though posting the same 1-3 record as Ohio State, finished fourth by virtue of losing to the Buckeyes in the opener.

Kulbacki batted .625 and led all players with 10 hits, three home runs and seven RBI. He had a 1.313 slugging percentage and a .588 on-base percentage. Miller, from Seton Hall, had the second-best batting average in the tournament. He batted .600 with nine hits and four RBI. Fabiaschi and Kennedy each batted .500.

2007 Buckeye Baseball Classic
All-Tournament Team

1B John Walsh, Seton Hall
2B Mike Fabiaschi, James Madison
3B Tony Kennedy, Ohio State
SS Eli Rumler, Kansas State
C Eric Fryer, Ohio State
OF Kellen Kulbacki, James Madison
OF Greg Miller, Seton Hall
OF Byron Wiley, Kansas State
DH/UT J.B. Shuck, Ohio State
SP Brad Hutt, Kansas State
SP Cory Luebke, Ohio State
RP Daniel Edwards, Kansas State
Most Outstanding Player: Kellen Kulbacki, James Madison
Tournament Results
Friday, Feb. 23

Kansas State 4, Seton Hall 2
Ohio State 8, James Madison 6

Saturday, Feb. 24
Seton Hall 13, James Madison 9
James Madison 7, Seton Hall 2
Kansas State 5, Ohio State 4
Kansas State 5, Ohio State 2

Sunday, Feb. 25
Kansas State 11, James Madison 4
Seton Hall 6, Ohio State 5