June 16, 2010
Former Pitt third baseman/relief pitcher Joe Leonard continues to add to his lengthy list of awards as he has been named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-East Region first team and the All-ECAC first team.
Joining Leonard on the ABCA/Rawlings All-East Region First Team are pitcher Corey Baker and catcher Cory Brownsten, while pitcher Matt Iannazzo and outfielder John Schultz were named to the second team.
Baker (New City, N.Y./Clarkstown South) finished the season with an 11-3 overall record in 17 appearances. Iannazzo (Norwalk, Conn./Norwalk) also recorded 11 wins on the year for an 11-2 overall mark, making the duo the only pair in collegiate baseball on the same roster to both win 10-plus games, entering postseason play.
Brownsten (Lockport, N.Y./Monroe CC) batted .395 on the year and was outstanding behind the plate as well, boasting a .993 fielding percentage. At the Big East Championship, Brownsten was named to the all-tournament team after batting .417 in three games.
Schultz (West Lawn, Pa./Wilson) batted an impressive .404 on the year, starting all 56 of Pitt's games in the outfield. With 56 walks on the year, Schultz broke the Pitt single-season record of 44, previously held by Nick Mullins (2008) and Jim Negrych (2005), who was recently promoted to AAA ball in the Pirates organization.
Leonard (Dawson, Pa./Connellsville) has also been named as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association District 1 Player of the Year, as a semifinalist for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award and has been named as a Ping! Baseball Third Team All-American as both a utility fielder and pitcher.
In addition, Leonard was awarded TPX Louisville Slugger Third-Team All-America honors and was drafted in the third round by the Atlanta Braves on June 8.
Leonard became Pitt's highest draft pick since 1985, when Chris Jelic was drafted in the second round by the Kansas City Royals. In 2010, he was named the Big East Player of the Year and has also been named as a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, which honors the top player in all of college baseball.
As a third baseman and relief pitcher, Leonard leaves Pitt with his name dominating the record books, breaking the single-season records for hits (104), runs batted in (71), doubles (23) at bats (240) and saves (8) in 2010. In addition, he also holds the school record for career saves with 11.