Youngstown -- Former Youngstown State baseball player Eric Marzec has been honored by minorleaguebaseball.com as the top playoff pitcher in the Pioneer League.
Marzec, who was a pitcher and outfielder for the Penguins from 2007-10, was recognized for posting three strong outings and helping lead the Helena Brewers to the league title.
Marzec did not allow a run in 5.1 innings of relief in his three postseason appearances. He allowed just two hits, did not walk a batter and struck out six.
In game one of the Brewers' first-round series, Marzec held Great Falls to one hit in three innings to earn the save. Two games later, he struck out four of the five batters he faced in 1.1 innings. In the Championship Series finale against Ogden, Marzec did not allow a hit or a walk in one inning.
Marzec, a 30th-round pick by the Brewers, finished the regular season with a 4-4 record and a 1.53 ERA in 20 games pitching for Helena. He fanned 39 hitters while only walking eight in 29.1 innings. He also threw three times for the Brewers affiliate in the Arizona League, which also won its league championship.
While Marzec earned two championship rings, his former YSU teammate Jacke Healey also earned a ring as a member of the Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League.