PITTSBRUGH – University of Pittsburgh rightfielder Casey Roche (JR/Downingtown, Pa.) has been named the Big East Player of the Week, the Conference announced Monday afternoon.
“Casey had an outstanding weekend,” said head coach Joe Jordano. “He has really matured as a baseball player and worked very hard this off-season. He came up with some very big hits this weekend. He certainly deserved the recognition.”
Roche takes home the honor after a strong series against No. 32 Wichita State where he went 8-for-14 (.571 average) with eight hits, seven RBI and two home runs in the Panthers sweep of the Shockers.
The sweep marked the first time that WSU had been swept in a three game home series in 43 years (1970 vs. Creighton). Additionally, prior to the series with the Panthers, legendary Shocker head coach Gene Stephenson had not lost a home game in the month of February during his 35 year tenure in Wichita.
The junior becomes the first Panther to take home Player of the Week honors form the Big East since Kevan Smith on the week of April 11, 2011.
Roche and the Panthers return to action on Friday, Feb. 22, when they take on Wofford in a three game set.
Pitt 2013 Big East Honors
2/18 – Casey Roche (Player of the Week)
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