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October 14, 2008

Maberry one of five in Hall of Fame Class of 2008

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - Without question, Mark Maberry registered the single greatest season in Tennessee Tech baseball history, becoming the first and only player ever named as both the Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year and Player of the Year.

Maberry's success wasn't limited to just his senior season, as he had four solid years in a Golden Eagle uniform for coach David Mays. That statement is backed by his presence in not only the school record book for single-season marks, but also the career records.

As a tribute to his contributions to the baseball program, Maberry is one of five people who will be enshrined into the Tennessee Tech Sports Hall of Fame early next month as the school honors its athletic legacy with the 34th annual induction ceremony.

The 2008 Hall of Fame Class will be honored during Homecoming weekend, Nov. 7-8. The induction will take place at the Hall of Fame Dinner Friday evening, and the group will also be recognized at the Homecoming football game Saturday against Jacksonville State.

In addition to Maberry, the Class of 2008 includes Chris Hedman, John "Shakey" McClellan, Rachel Melchiorre and Tom Pack. With their induction, the Hall of Fame will grow to 148 since it was established in 1975.

Of course the focus of his career shines on Maberry's exploits in 1997, when he earned those dual awards and was named All-South Region and All-America. He was also the MVP of the OVC Tournament, leading Tech to the tournament championship and the Golden Eagles' first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 40 years.

As a pitcher, he set a school record with 12 wins and 104 innings, and also led the team with a 2.34 earned run average and 108 strikeouts, third only behind a couple of years by Hall of Fame pitcher Todd Kemp. He went 12-2, and also had two saves, and his 10 complete games that year is a school record. He led the league in both wins and ERA.

At the plate, he produced 143 total bases (second in school history) with 17 home runs (also second in school history). He drove in a school-record 74 runs, also the top figure in the OVC.

Over his career, Maberry set the school record for most RBI (153) which still stands today. His 28 career home runs ties him for fourth in school history. On the hill, he ranks fourth in career saves.

Shortly after his playing career ended, he was voted the Tennessee Tech's Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year for 1996-97, and was signed to a professional contract by the New York Mets.

Tickets to the Hall of Fame Dinner and the game are available by calling (931) 372-3940, or through the Athletics ticket office in Eblen Center. Reservations must be made for the dinner, and tickets are $25 each.