June 1, 2012
PITTSBURGH – Anthony DeFabio, a designated hitter on the Pitt baseball team, has been selected to the Capital One Academic All-America Second Team, as a result of both his accomplishments on the field and in the classroom.
A finance major, DeFabio carried a 3.68 GPA while at Pitt and was named to the Academic All-District First Team, which qualified him for the All-America voting. The academic honor was the second of his career, as he was named Academic All-District following his freshman season at Duquesne.
“That’s one thing my parents have always stressed was to not only do well in athletics, but to make sure I focus on academics, too,” DeFabio said. “Playing Division I baseball it can be tough to do, but that’s something throughout my life I’ve been proud of, being able to manage my time well between academics and athletics.”
DeFabio helped lead the Panthers to their fourth consecutive postseason appearance this season and was voted to the All-Big East Third Team. He batted .319 and was top-three on the team in slugging (.475), on-base percentage (.448), runs scored (53), hits (65), doubles (16), home runs (4), total bases (97), walks (31) and hit-by-pitches (17).
“Anthony is very well deserving of this honor. He is the epitome of a student-athlete,” said Pitt head coach Joe Jordano. “It was a pleasure to have him in the program and play such a big part in our success. Anthony will be very successful in anything he chooses to do in the future.”
DeFabio becomes the fourth Pitt baseball player and the second under Jordano to become an Academic All-American. Phil Konieczny made the third team last season. DeFabio was the only representative of the Big East to earn the honor this year.