June 7, 2013
PITTSBURGH - University of Pittsburgh junior outfielder and right-handed pitcher Casey Roche (JR/Downingtown, Pa.) has been named the District I Player of the Year, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) announced today."Casey is very deserving of this recognition," said Pitt head coach Joe Jordano. "He anchored our lineup and was clutch for us this season."
Roche becomes the third Panther to take home NCBWA District I Player of the Year honors joining Joe Leonard (2010) and Jim Negrych (2006). District I consists of all Division I collegiate baseball players in the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
Roche is coming off a 2013 season where he was a first team All-Big East selection after hitting a team-best .339 with nine homers and a Big East leading 65 RBI. Additionally, Roche pitched 26.2 innings going 1-0 with six strikeouts during a campaign where the Panthers set a school record for victories with 42.
For his career, Roche has batted .338 with 12 homeruns, while going 5-3 with three saves and 29 strikeouts on the mound. Roche additionally ranks sixth in Panther history with 128 career RBI and 13th with 184 career hits.