May 22, 2012
PITTSBURGH — Pitt senior first baseman Rick Devereaux was named All-Big East First Team on Tuesday, following a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches. All three of the Panthers’ seniors were selected to the all-conference teams, as starting pitcher Matt Iannazzo and Anthony Defabio made the third team.
Devereaux earns his first Big East postseason honor. He has been the top hitter in Pitt’s lineup and one of the best hitters in the entire conference all season. He enters postseason play with an 11-game hitting and a 19-game on-base streak, and ranks top-5 in the Big East in batting average (.371), hits (83), RBI (54) and total bases (121).
Devereaux’s season ranks well in the Pitt history books. On the single-season list, he ranks fourth in at-bats, fifth in hits, 11th in RBI and 13th in total bases. Twice he has earned Big East Weekly Honor Roll (Week 1 and Week 12).
It is the third postseason award for Iannazzo, who is wrapping up one of the best pitching careers in Pitt history. The left-hander is 7-3 on the season with a 3.76 ERA, and has 72 strikeouts to just 21 walks. He is the program’s all-time wins leader with a career record of 28-11.
DeFabio makes the third team for the consecutive second season. Serving as the team’s designated hitter for all but four of the 53 games he started this season, DeFabio led the team and was sixth in the Big East with a .442 on-base percentage. He was also seventh in the conference in walks (29) and hit a career-high four home runs. DeFabio’s great year ranks him 15th in runs scored (51) on Pitt’s single-season list, as well as 11th in doubles (16) and third in hit-by-pitches (16).
Pitt opens Big East Championship play as the No. 8 seed and will face No. 1 Louisville on Wednesday at 5 p.m. in Clearwater, Fla. Iannazzo will start on the mound in the opening round, which will be broadcast live online via the Big East web site.