June 13, 2013
PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh baseball team saw four players named to the Rawlings/ABCA All-East Region team, the organization announced today.
Pitcher Ethan Mildren (JR/Hopwood, Pa.), catcher Elvin Soto (SO/New York, N.Y.) and outfielder/pitcher Casey Roche (JR/Downingtown, Pa.) earned First Team honors, while third baseman Sam Parente (SR/Pittston, Pa.) represented the Panthers on the Second Team.
"This is a deserving recognition of a very fine season," said Pitt head coach Joe Jordano. "Each member of the All-Region team contributed a great deal to our success this past year. Ethan, Elvin, Casey and Sam worked very hard for this honor."
With the four honors, the Panthers now have 30 All-Region selections in program history, including 18 in the Jordano Era. Additionally, Pitt has now had an All-Region selection in each of the past five seasons, tying the longest stretch in program history.
Mildren takes home the honor after a 2013 campaign where he was named a First Team All-Big East performer. Mildren threw a team-best 114.2 innings and led the starting rotation with 10 wins, a 2.35 ERA and four complete games. Recently, Mildren was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 12th round of the MLB Draft.
A First Team All-Big East honoree behind the plate, Soto hit .320 with six homeruns and 43 RBI in 2013. The catcher was drafted in the 16th round of the MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks last week
Roche, who was recently named the NCBWA District I Player of the Year, rounded out the Pitt contingent on the First Team after a season where he hit 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 Pitt's 2013 campaign.
Parente rounds out the Panther honorees on the All-Region team following a solid senior campaign where he hit .329 with six homeruns and 51 RBI.
Pitt finished the 2013 season with a school record 42 wins.