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ERIC BUTKIEWICZ OFF TO SOLID START IN ALASKA SUMMER BASEBALL LEAGUE
Eric Butkiewicz leads the Peninsula Oilers with 10 appearances this summer.
UMBC junior Eric Butkiewicz (Plainville, Conn./Plainville) is having a strong showing in the Alaska Summer College Baseball League playing for the Peninsula Oilers. Butkiewicz has made a team-high 10 appearances for the Oilers, who currently rank tied for third in the six-team league as of July 4, 2004.
In Butkiewicz’ 10 appearances he has held opponents to a .216 batting average and carried an earned run average (ERA) of 2.21, allowing five earned runs over 20 1/3 innings pitched. Butkiewicz in his only start of the season won a 5-2 decision, fanning six batters and allowing two runs on three hits in his complete seven-inning game performance. The 6-4 junior has 13 strikeouts on the season.
The Peninsula Oilers currently hold a 14-11 record overall and an 8-7 league mark with just under a month left in the season. The Oilers are comprised of players from top collegiate programs all around the country including players from Arizona State University, Florida State University, Stanford, Pepperdine and two players from the 2004 NCAA Baseball Champion Cal State Fullerton squad.
The Alaska Summer College Baseball League has a rich tradition that has included major league players such as Jason Giambi and Randy Johnson. Collegiate players from all over North America make the summer trek to Alaska and live with host families, working jobs by day and playing ball at night. In 2004, Fairbanks will celebrate the 99th Midnight Sun Baseball Game. Played on the summer solstice, the annual game begins at 10:30 p.m. and never requires artificial light.
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