Dec. 18, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas — University of Pittsburgh senior outfielder Casey Roche (SR/Downingtown, Pa.) has been named a First-Team Preseason All-American, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) announced this afternoon.
Roche, a Third-Team NCBWA All-American last season, is coming off a 2013 camping 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.
Roche is joined in the First Team outfield by a pair of ACC players in Virginia’s Mike Papi and Florida State’s DJ Stewart. In total, 12 ACC players were named preseason All-Americans. A complete NCBWA Preseason All-American list can be found here.
Pitt opens its 2014 campaign, its inaugural season in the ACC, on Friday, Feb. 14, when it travels to South Carolina to face perennial NCAA contender Coastal Carolina in a three-game series.
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