April 11, 2011
PITTSBURGH—Pitt senior catcher Kevan Smith was named BIG EAST Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Smith is the third Panther to garner the award this season.
Smith led the Panthers to a 4-1 record last week, including a sweep over Big East foe Villanova this past weekend.
"Kevan has been great for us this year,” said Head Coach Joe Jordano, “He is really doing a great job on both sides of the ball. This is a well deserved honor for Kevan.”
The Cranberry Twp., Pa. native batted .409 in the five games, tallying nine hits in 22 at-bats. Smith led the Big East with seven runs and nine RBI over the span. He also successfully swiped three bases.
Smith’s .418 batting average is tops in the Big East. His 32 RBI rank third, three behind teammate David Chester, who leads the league with 35.
Prior to the season, Smith was named by CollegeBaseball360.com’s “11 Catchers to Watch in 2011.”
“Kevan is really coming into his own on the diamond,” Jordano added. “He has a bright future in the game.”
He joins senior Travis Whitmore and Chester as players who have earned the accolade this season.
Smith and the Panthers take on Penn State Wednesday, April 13 before traveling to Bethesda, Md. for a three game series at Big East foe Georgetown. The series begins Friday, April 15 at 7 p.m.