AMCC BASEBALL COACHES PICK PITT-BRADFORD
TO TOP THE LEAGUE
The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford is predicted to repeat as
baseball champions for the third consecutive year, according to
the 2003 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference pre-season coaches’ poll.
Pitt-Bradford received six of seven first place votes, followed by a
close race between Frostburg State University and Penn State Behrend
for two-three in the standings. The Panthers will be led by Preseason AMCC
Pitcher of the
Year Eric Haynoski (Bradford HS/Bradford,
PA), a senior who posted a 10-2 record last season, compiling a
1.91 ERA and throwing 72 strikeouts in 77 innings pitched.
Haynoski is a force at the plate as well, boasting a .370 batting
average in 2002. Frostburg State's Jake Mannon (Lenape
HS/Southampton, NJ) got the Preseason Player of the Year nod.
A first team all-conference selection in 2002, the senior catcher
batted .343 last season, collecting 9 doubles, 26 RBIs and a .505
Other players to watch:
LF Tim Wilkins (Metro HS/Baltimore, MD)...Batted .398, 6
HR, 36 RBI...704 slugging percentage...Second team All-AMCC in 2002
3B Tony DelBianco (Montour HS/Coraopolis, PA)...Hit .430,
31 RBI...First team All-AMCC in 2002
LF John Sorbara (Mt. Lebanon
HS/Point Park College/Pittsburgh, PA)...No information available
SS/P Matt McNanny (Franklin AreaHS/Franklin, PA)...No
Brandon Heritage (Berkshire HS/Burton, OH)...No information
Penn State Altoona
P Luke Diehl (Bald Eagle Nittany HS/Aaronsburg, PA)...2002
stats: 2-5 record, 3.74 ERA, 45 IP, 63 K.
Dennis McKimm (Cameron County HS/Emporium, PA)...transfer from
Mansfield State...speedy, all-around player...hits for power
Penn State Behrend
P Ryan Seyler (Franklin HS/Franklin, PA)...2002 Academic
All-American, second team All-AMCC...8-2 record...8th best ERA in Division III.
1B Keith Lepionka (Dubois HS/Dubois, PA)...All-AMCC two
consecutive years...hit .340 with 45 runs scored.
C Dave Brown (Coudersport Area HS/Coudersport, PA)...2002
stats: .410 BA, 3 HR, 36 RBI...threw out 38.2% of baserunners.
IF Jason Ramaley (Franklin Regional HS/Murrysville, PA)...2002
stats: 17 hits (2nd on team), .940 fielding percentage
IF/P Ryan Venezie (Ellwood City/Ellwood City, PA)..led team in
2002 with 14 runs, 7 stolen bases and 18 RBI.