With a runner-up finish in 2011, the AMCC baseball coaches believe Penn State Behrend will be the team to beat for the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference baseball title in 2012.  The Lions are coming off a 28-13 season that saw them finish second to Penn State Altoona in the regular season standings and in the league tournament.  La Roche College was picked in the #2 spot, while Penn St. Altoona, the 2011 champion, was voted to finish third.

The Preseason Player of the Year designation goes to Mount Aloysius senior catcher/DH Matt Cornetti (Nanty Glo, PA/Central Cambria HS).  Cornetti received numerous awards in 2011, including being named first team All-AMCC, third team All-Mid Atlantic Region, and a D3baseball.com pre-season All-American.  He posted a team leading .420 batting average with 14 doubles, 3 homeruns, and 14 stolen bases.  Cornetti ranked 17th in NCAA Div. III in on-base percentage and 52nd in batting average.

The Preseason Pitcher of the Year honors were shared by Behrend's junior righthander Jay Condit (Cranberry, PS/Seneca Valley HS) and La Roche sophomore southpaw Cole Lentz (Freedom, PA/Freedom HS) Condit is a 2012 Collegiate Baseball Player to Watch.  He led the AMCC in saves last season with 5, ranked fourth for appearances and sixth in wins. In 13 games pitched, Condit logged 36.1 innings and posted a  5-0 win lost record and a 1.49 ERA.  A second team all-conference selection, Lentz racked up 53 strikeouts in 53 innings pitched as a rookie, posting a 3.21 ERA.

The AMCC kicks off conference play on Saturday, March 24, and the championship will be May 10-12 at the site of the top seed.  The winner of the tournament will receive the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Preseason Rankings*

1 - Penn State Behrend (T2)
2 - La Roche (T2)
3 - Penn State Altoona (1)
4 - Mount Aloysius (T5)
T5 - Pitt-Bradford (7)
T5 - Medaille (T4)
7 - Pitt-Greensburg (T5)
8 - Hilbert (9)
9 - D'Youville (10)

* Number in parentheses is order of regular season finish in 2011;
Franciscan University, which no longer sponsors baseball, finished #8 in 2011.

Preseason Player of the Year
Mount Aloysius College

Preseason Co-Pitchers of the Year
Penn St. Behrend

La Roche College


Head Coach:  Leo Dandes (2nd year)
2011: 2-15 AMCC, 6-21 overall

JR 1B/P Brent Gibbs (Wayland, NY/Wayland-Cohocton HS)...3rd Team All-AMCC in 2011...posted 429 batting average with 39 hits (11 for extra bases) and 24 RBI...also recorded.49.1 on base percentage and 61.5 slugging percentage.

SR IF Steve Gladysz (Amherst, NY/Canisius HS)...Strong contributor last season with .351 batting average, .506 slugging percentage, and .457 on base percentage...also recorded 9 extra base hits and 12 RBI.

Head Coach Jim Pernick (1st year)
2011:  3-15 AMCC, 5-25 overall

R CF Matt Militello (Depew, NY/Lancaster HS)...Four year starter...led team hitting last year with .378 BA...captain junior and senior years...Coaches Award winner as a sophomore.

SR C Jim Pernick (Tonawanda, NY/St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute)...2010 MVP...team captain for past three years...played with injured hand most of last season...tops in offensive categories sophomore and junior years...also member of varsity golf and club hockey teams.

Head Coach Chase Rowe (6th year)
2011:  13-5 AMCC, 27-15 overall

SR CF Mitchell Meyers (Freedom, PA/Freedom HS)...Hit .336 with 9 stolen bases, 23 RBI and a .407 on base percentage as the Redhawks lead off man in 2011.

LRC SO RHP Cole Lentz (Freedom, PA/Freedom HS)3.21 ERA with 53 strikeouts in 53 innings as a freshman for the Redhawks in 2011...second team all-conference selection.

Head Coach Paul Smaldone (4th Year)
2011:  11-7 AMCC, 22-16 overall

SR 1B Jeff Cox (Buffalo, NY/City Honors HS)...As a junior led the team in on-base percentage (.433) and was fourth on the team with a .331 batting average...recorded 39 hits, 5 doubles, 1 home run and 20 runs batted in...made the smooth transition from outfield to first base, posting a .985 fielding percentage...ranks in the top ten in Medaille history in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs, hits, doubles, home runs, runs batted in, total bases, walks, putouts and fielding percentage.  

SR P Pat Mancuso (Batavia, NY/Notre Dame HS)...Logged 48.1 innings while appearing in 10 games last season, and starting 8...finished 2011 with a 4-3 record and 40 strikeouts...enters his senior year currently ranked in the top ten in 11 different career categories and is within striking distance of breaking several career records for the Mavericks.

Head Coach Kevin Kime (6th year)
2011:  10-8 AMCC, 20-17 overall

SR C/DH Matt Cornetti (Nanty Glo, PA/Central Cambria HS)...2011 first team All-AMCC/third team All-Mid Atlantic Region...2011 D3baseball.com pre-season All-American...team leading .420 batting average with 14 doubles, 3 homeruns, and 14 stolen bases...ranked 17th in NCAA Div. III in on base percentage and 52nd in batting average.

SR P Mike Godissart (New Paris, PA/Chestnut Ridge HS)...2011 third team all-conference...led the team in innings pitched (54.1) and strikeouts (47)...also led the team in games started with 9 while compiling 2 complete games.

Head Coach Joe Piotti (16th year)
2011:  14-3 AMCC, 29-13 overall

SR 1B Cord Heine (Houston, TX/Mercersburg Academy)...Two-time first team all-conference...ranked first in AMCC last season with 17 doubles and 64 hits, third with 41 RBI and fifth with .418 BA...scored 25 runs for the 2011 league champions.

SR CF Jimmy Baum (Shermansdale, PA/West Perry HS)...First team outfielder for past two seasons...standout league performer in numerous statistical categories, including first in doubles (17) and runs (50), third in triples (4), fourth in stolen bases (16), and fifth in hits (53)...recorded a .363 BA, driving in 30 runs.

Head Coach Paul Benim (19th year)
2011:  13-5 AMCC, 28-13 overall

JR 3B Matt Bittner (Lancaster, NY/St. Mary's HS)...2012 Collegiate Baseball Player to Watch...2011 AMCC third team all-conference...ABCA All-Region and team MVP... played in 41 games last season...ranked first in league in RBI, 2nd in  for HR and total bases, 3rd in hits, 5th in slugging %, 8th in batting average and 8th in on-base %, after batting .403 with 5 home runs and 51 RBIs...also registered 12 doubles, 22 walks and 34 runs scored.

JR CF Ryan Kragnes (Bethel Park, PA/Bethel Park HS)...2012 Collegiate Baseball Player to Watch...2011 AMCC first team all-conference...ranked second in AMCC in steals, walks, and runs scored...also ranked 5th in on-base %, and 12th in batting average after hitting .388 with 47 runs scored, 18 RBIs, 26 base on balls, and 28 steals in 34 attempts to go along with .494 on base average.

Head Coach Bret Butler (14th year)
2011:  9-9 AMCC, 19-14 overall

JR IF Derek Smith (Jersey Shore, PA/Jersey Shore Area HS)...All-AMCC second team last year... batted .459, racking up 16 doubles, 2 triples, 3 HR...posted a .721 slugging percentage with 51 RBI. 

SO 2B Michael Pascarella (Bradford, PA/Bradford HS)...The AMCC 2011 Newcomer of the Year AMCC and Player of the Year...all-conference first team selection, batted .464 with 6 doubles, 6 triples, 6 HR and 32 RBI...posted a stellar .966 fielding percentage.

Head Coach Anthony Williams(1st year)
2011:  10-8 AMCC, 14-21 overall

SR IF/P Bryan Colish (Erie, PA/Cathedral Prep)...Became the first player in program history to be named to the 2011 ABCA Rawlings Gold Glove Team...started all 35 games last season, compiling a .968 fielding % at third base and started nine double plays...in 92 chances he earned 52 assists and 40 putouts while committing just three errors...hit .341 with 13 extra base hits including 10 doubles, two triples and a home run, in total tallying 43 hits, 26 RBIs, 25 runs and 60 total bases.

JR C Garrett Herald (Grove City, PA/Grove City HS)...First team All-AMCC in 2011, posting a .333 batting average with 15 extra base hits including 12 doubles and 3 home runs...started all 35 games while also driving in 30 runs.