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.