May 30, 2010
Pitt catcher Cory Brownsten and designated hitter Kevan Smith have been named to the Big East Baseball All-Tournament team, announced Sunday in Clearwater, Fla.
Brownsten (Lockport, N.Y./Monroe CC) batted .417 in the tournament, including an outstanding performance behind the plate. The senior was 5-for-12 with two runs scored and three RBI.
Smith (Cranberry, Pa./Seneca Valley) had possibly the best showing offensively throughout the tournament, batting an impressive .750 (9-for-12) with three runs and two RBI, including two doubles.
The Panthers are now awaiting their fate in the NCAA Championship as the selection show will air Monday at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN.
"I believe if the committee looks at the full scope of our season and the tremendous year that we did have, I feel strongly that we will continue our season," Pitt head coach Joe Jordano said.
"In any case, I am extremely proud of our team, not only of the individual accomplishments but also of our team accomplishments," Jordano continued. "We will look back upon this season with great regard and it is a tremendous way to transition into our new facility and a new phase of Panther baseball."
Pitt is enjoying possibly its most successful season in school history as they currently hold a 38-18 overall record. Pitt's 18 league wins is the most in school history, including a three-game sweep over 2010 Big East Tournament Champion St. John's and a 2-1 series win over regular season champion Louisville, who was ranked No. 7 in the nation at the time.
The Panthers been referred to as the most dangerous lineup in the nation as they lead the country with a .363 batting average entering postseason play. In addition, the Panthers are ranked in the top 15 in numerous categories including hits, runs scored and fielding percentage.
Big East Player of the Year and Pitt third baseman/RHP Joe Leonard, batted over .450 for a majority of the 2010 season earning recognition as one of the top players in the nation by being named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, as well as a member of the watch list for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award.
In addition to Leonard's Player of the Year honor, six other Pitt players were named to All-Big East teams, which is a school record. Pitchers Corey Baker and Matt Iannazzo each reached the 10-win mark on the year, which made Pitt the lone team in the nation to boast two 10-win pitchers in the nation, prior to entering the postseason.
Pitt has recorded an impressive 18-9 road record, and is 9-4 in neutral-site games. In the strongest year ever for the Big East, the Panthers finished third in the regular season, holding a winning record, or a series split with each of the top four finishers.