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Liberty Baseball Names Captains

January 21, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Errol Hollinger and Dustin Umberger have been named team captains for the 2009 Liberty Baseball team.

Errol Hollinger and Dustin Umberger have been named team captains for the 2009 Liberty Baseball team.

Liberty Head Baseball Coach Jim Toman has announced that senior catcher Errol Hollinger and senior right-hander Dustin Umberger have been chosen as captains for the 2009 Liberty Baseball team. They were selected by virtue of a team vote, and the senior duo received overwhelming support from their teammates.

Hollinger is a four-year starter for the Flames and Umberger led the pitching staff in 2008 with eight wins and 88 strikeouts. Umberger's strikeout total led the Big South Conference.

"I thought our team chose two outstanding individuals to lead them this spring," said Toman. "Errol and Dustin are proven veterans in the Big South Conference and are well-respected by all of their teammates."

Toman also added a Captains Cabinet this year, which is comprised of four players who also received substantial support in the voting. "Fortunately, we had many players who received votes this year," added Toman. "So, we seem to have great leadership."

Senior 1B/RHP Cody Brown, junior left-hander Shawn Teufel, junior right-hander Joe Steinwedell and junior right-hander Mark Swanson will comprise the Captains Cabinet.

"This group will give our team added leadership and accountability," said Toman. "They are great choices and will act as a sounding board to Errol and Dustin."

Liberty opens its 2009 campaign on Feb. 20 against No. 14 Ole Miss at the Coca-Cola Classic in Mobile, Ala.