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IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 30, 2014
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SRU's Kengor earns PSAC-West 'Athlete of the Year' title

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Will Kengor, a Slippery Rock University undecided major from Pittsburgh and a senior All-America shortstop, has been named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division baseball Athlete of the Year.
 
Kengor was also one of four Rock players who earned first-team All-PSAC-West honors in voting by the division's head coaches. The first-team All-PSAC-West honor was Kengor's second in as many seasons.
 
Joining Kengor on the All-PSAC-West first team this year are Jordan Faretta, a sport management major from Tyron and second baseman; and Adam Urbania, an undecided major from Mentor, Ohio, and Graeme Zaparzynski, an environmental science major from Mansfield, both outfielders.
 
Kengor leads The Rock and ranks third in the PSAC in batting average with a .419 mark, as well as recording a conference-leading 71 total hits. As the Rock's left-hand-hitting leadoff batter, he also leads the team and is tied for second in the PSAC in both runs scored (46) and triples (4) and ranks fourth in the PSAC with a team-high .567 slugging percentage.
 
In addition, Kengor leads The Rock in RBIs (30), doubles (12), on base percentage (.472) and stolen bases (17 of 18) and ranks second in home runs (2). A third-year starter for Rock head coach Jeff Messer, Kengor has been in The Rock lineup for all 145 games since the start of the 2012 season.
 
A year ago, Kengor earned consensus first-team all-region and All-America honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association, Daktronics Inc. and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association after compiling a .448 batting average that ranked as the second-highest in the nation.

Faretta, who has started 40 of The Rock's 44 games this spring, currently carries a .296 batting average with four doubles, one home run and 20 RBIs (fifth on the team). He is a first-year starter for The Rock.
 
Urbania ranks third on the team with a .342 average and is second in doubles with 11. He has also stroked two triples and one home run and scored 37 (#2 on team) and ranks fourth on the team with 23 RBIs. Urbania, who started all 44 games this spring, is 4-for-5 in stolen base attempts this spring and has committed only one error in 68 chances for a .985 fielding percentage.
  
Zaparzynski ranks second on the team in average with a .357 mark and has collected six doubles and 16 RBIs while being successful on five of eight stolen base attempts. He compiled a .970 fielding percentage primarily as The Rock's starting right fielder.

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