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Four Yellow Jacket Baseball Players Named All-Ohio Athletic Conference

BEREA, OHIO -- Four Baldwin Wallace University baseball student-athletes, seniors Dan Melito (Massillon/ Washington), Matt Wilson (Canton/ South), Kevin Brown (Cuyahoga Falls) and Mike Farrell (Wickliffe), have been named to the 2006 All-Ohio Athletic Conference team. It was the cap to an outstanding four years for each player both academically and athletically.

For Melito and Farrell, it marks their third straight appearance on the All-OAC team, and Brown and Wilson are being named for the first time. In addition, all four seniors are have graduated with high academic grade point averages and helped BW to win 81 games during their careers.

Melito hit a team-leading .405 (53-of-131) with a team-highs of 53 base hits, 43 runs scored, 17 doubles, nine homeruns, 46 runs batted-in, 97 total bases, a .740 slugging percentage, 27 walks drawn and a .506 on-base average. Overall Melito had an outstanding season -- one of the best in the history of the program -- and marked the fourth straight year that he batted better than .300. He also ended his career with a school-record 47 doubles. Melito earned second-team All-OAC honors both his sophomore and junior seasons and batted .376 for his career (159-of-423) with 123 runs scored, 21 homers and 127 RBI.He also served as a team captain in 2006 and was a second-team CoSIDA/ ESPN THE MAGAZINE Academic All-District IV choice. Melito also earned NCAA Division III All-Mideast Region honors in 2005. In the classroom, Melito, a fitness management major, carried a 3.51 grade point average.

Wilson hit a career-high .376 (50-of-133) with 31 runs scored, seven doubles, five homers and 33 RBI and stole nine bases in 13 attempts in his first full season as a starter. Wilson ended his career with a .343 batting average. In the classroom, Wilson carried a 3.706 grade point average in business administration and marketing.

Brown, a Yellow Jacket co-captain, had his finest season as a collegian this spring. The Academic All-OAC and two-time CoSIDA/ ESPN THE MAGAZINE Academic All-District IV player, hit .298 (37-of-124) with 40 runs scored, seven doubles, three triples, one homer and a career-high 18 RBI. Brown also set a school single-season record in 2006 as he was hit-by-pitch 11 times, and that gave him the BW career-record with 19 in four years on the varsity. Brown started in all of the Yellow Jackets games for the last three seasons. He ended his career with a .275 batting average (87-of-316) with 103 runs scored,19 doubles, four triples, three homers and 39 RBI. He also stole 12 bases and had an outstanding .973 fielding average in 447 career chances. In the classroom, Brown, who carries a 3.843 grade point average in the Master's of Business Administration program. He is currently a candidate for ESPN THE CoSIDA/ MAGAZINE Academic All-America accolades.

Farrell, like Melito, ended one of the finest hitting careers in the Brown & Gold. He batted .328 (43-of-131) with 24 runs scored, nine doubles, five homers and 32 RBI. It also marked his third straight year that Farrell batted .328 or better. For his career, Farrell hit ..363 (122-of-336) with 69 runs scored, 31 doubles, 15 homers and 95 RBI. As a sophomore and junior, Farrell earned All-Mideast Region honors each season. In the classroom, Farrell also carried a 3.312 grade average in business administration and marketing.

FOR MORE BW SPORTS INFORMATION , please contact BW Sports Information Director Kevin Ruple by telephone at 440-826-2327, by FAX at 440-826-2329 or via e-mail at kruple@bw.edu. To contact Yellow Jacket Head Coach Bob Fisher, please e-mail him at rfisher@bw.edu.

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