June 24, 2011
PITTSBURGH – Pitt seniors David Chester and Kevan Smith were named to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-East Region teams, the league office announced this week. Chester garnered first-team honors at first base while Smith earned second-team recognition at the catcher’s position.
Both players were 2011 All-BIG EAST First Team honorees and 2011 MLB draft picks. Smith was a seventh round pick by the Chicago White Sox and Chester was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 33rd round.
Chester, a native of Collinsville, Okla., produced a stellar senior season, batting .345 while starting in all 56 games. The first baseman led BIG EAST sluggers with 14 regular season home runs and added a pair in the conference championship. He added 60 RBI and 30 extra base hits in 200 at-bats.
Not just an offensive threat, Chester boasted an impressive .998 fielding percentage. The 6-5 senior committed just one error while shattering the school record for putouts in a season with 530.
After playing two seasons for the Pitt football team as a quarterback, Smith made the transition to the diamond with instant success. Despite playing in just three seasons, the 6-3 catcher etched his name onto several of Pitt’s all-time career lists.
In 2011, Smith led BIG EAST hitters in runs scored (56) and finished tied for first in batting average (.396). The Cranberry Twp., Pa. native hit three home runs in the conference championship while batting .417. His performance earned him a spot on the All-Tournament Team. In three years at the league tournament, Smith combined to bat .552 (16-for-29).
In the last 11 seasons, head coach Joe Jordano has produced 12 All-Region players.