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Casey Roche named NCBWA District 1 Player of the Year

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Pitt outfielder and sometimes pitcher Casey Roche was named the NCBWA District 1 Baseball Player of the Year. District 1 includes all D-1 schools within Pennsylvania, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

Roche had a heck of a season. He led the Big East with 65 RBI and led the Panthers in batting average (.339) and hits (79). He was second on the team in home runs with nine and if that weren't enough, Roche started five games as pitcher and was 1-0 on the season.

There was also the monster performance against Youngstown State earlier in the year when Roche had one of the best games of all time for a Pitt player. Roche was 5-7 in that game, hit for the cycle (including a grand slam), and had ten RBI.

For his efforts, he was named All First Team Big East at the end of the year.

He's the third Panther to collect the honor - Jim Negrych in 2006 and Joe Leonard in 2010 were the others.

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