Speaking of Sports: Fuller, Squeaky have super seasons
By Jim Turner

Posted on January 1, 0001 12:00 AM

    Bryan Fuller’s had a busy few days. The former Logan County High School baseball standout graduated from Campbellsville University with a degree in accounting and then headed out to pitch for the Tigers in the NAIA World Series Opening Round.
     Going into multi-state play, Fuller had pitched in 13 games for CU, winning five of six decisions plus a save, which is unusually high for a reliever who serves as the setup man. He gave up only 10 earned runs in 34 innings for an ERA of 2.62. He struck out 29 batters with only 7 walks. A little inside pitching may have helped his effectiveness; he hit 10 of the 137 batters he faced and uncorked 4 wild pitches. He gave up only 1 sacrifice fly and just 3 of the 23 hits he allowed went for extra bases. Opponents hit a meager .197 against him.
     The Tigers went into the NAIA national tournament opening round with a 35-9 record, including 16-1 in their conference. They had outscored their opponents 385-182.
     Fuller was rewarded by being named second team all-conference in the Mid South, also an honor for a pitcher who is neither a starter nor a closer. He was also named to the conference’s All Academic Team.  An NAIA Academic All-American last year, there’s no reason to think he won’t repeat that honor.
     Campbellsville won its fifth straight Mid South Conference Tournament championship, and Fuller has been a key player in all four of his championship seasons at the private Baptist-affiliated university.
     The Tigers-ranked number eight nationally-earned the top seed in the NAIA World Series Opening Round at the Lou Brock Baseball Complex in St. Charles, Mo. Others in the bracket include host Lindenwood (number 15 nationally), Kansas Wesleyan (number 25), William Penn and Dakota Wesleyan.
      The winner of this regional advances to the Avista-NAIA World Series May 22-29 in Lewiston, Idaho.
     Squeaky Hampton was scheduled to return to Russellville Monday night after spending the past few months playing basketball in the Czech League. He finished as the league scoring champion with an average of 19.7 points per game.
     Squeaky’s team, BK Kondori Liberec, finished fifth among the 11 teams in the league. They lost in the first round of the tournament in the fifth game of a best-of-five series. 
    Hampton, who was Austin Peay’s basketball MVP three years ago, played two 
outstanding seasons in Scotland but was ready to move on to a bigger, more 
competitive league this season.
    His dad Charles, who is a professional chef at Western Kentucky University, says Squeaky plans to visit friends in Las Vegas and Miami while he is home. He has been offered a two-year contract with another team in the Czech League. He would also entertain NBA tryout offers.

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