BIG EAST ANNOUNCES 2013 POSTSEASON BASEBALL HONORS

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CLEARWATER, Fla. - Notre Dame third-baseman Eric Jagielo, who ranked among the top 10 in the Big East in 12 offensive categories, became the fourth Fighting Irish player to be named Big East Player of the Year as he earned the league's top individual honor Tuesday in advance of the 2013 Big East Baseball Championship at Bright House Field.

 
Louisville righthanded pitcher Jeff Thompson was chosen as Big East Pitcher of the Year, while USF righthander Jimmy Herget  was tabbed as Big East Rookie of the Year. Pittsburgh coach Joe Jordano, who led the Panthers to a school-record 40 wins in the regular season, was named Big East Coach of the Year.
 
Jagielo finished the regular season as the Big East leader in slugging (.643) and on-base percentage (.500) and was second in the conference in batting (.390). He hit nine home runs and had 52 RBIs to go with 71 hits, 46 runs scored, 17 doubles, four triples and 31 bases on balls. 
 
Jagielo becomes the first Notre Dame player to be chosen as Big East Player of the Year since Craig Cooper in 2006. He was named to the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list and has been tabbed as a potential first-round selection in this year's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
 
Thompson continues a remarkable string of Louisville players to be named Big East Pitcher of the Year as the Cardinals have produced five winners of the award in the past seven years. Thompson, who finished the regular season as the Big East's only 10-game winner, led the league in wins, strikeouts (97) and opponents' batting average (.174) and was third in the circuit with a 2.09 earned-run average.
 
Herget, who is the second USF player to be named Big East Rookie of the Year, emerged as the ace of the Bulls' pitching staff in his freshman season. He went 5-2 with a 1.77 ERA, finishing second in the Big East in ERA and opponents' batting average (.192). He struck out 56 batters in 86.1 innings while making 13 starts in the regular season.
 
Jordano earned Big East Coach of the Year accolades for the second time in his career and the first time since 2004. He led the Panthers, who were picked seventh in the league's preseason coaches' poll, to a 40-15 overall record and an 18-6 Big East mark, good for second place in the final regular-season standings. Pittsburgh was ranked in all five major national polls entering the last week of the regular season, including a No. 16 national ranking from Collegiate Baseball.
 
Seton Hall shortstop Giuseppe Papaccio was the only unanimous selection to the 14-man All-Big East First Team as he was one of six Pirate players chosen to either the first, second or third team. Louisville led the way with 10 all-conference selections, while Pittsburgh had eight. UConn second baseman LJ Mazzilli and Seton Hall pitcher Jon Prosinski were both repeat selections from last year's All-Big East First Team.
 
 
2013 BIG EAST CONFERENCE BASEBALL AWARDS
 
BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Eric Jagielo, 3B, Notre Dame (Jr., Downers Grove North, Ill.)
 
BIG EAST PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Jeff Thompson, RHP, Louisville (Jr., Greenville, Ind.)
 
BIG EAST ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Jimmy Herget, RHP, USF (Fr., Tampa, Fla.) *
 
BIG EAST COACH OF THE YEAR
Joe Jordano, Pittsburgh
 

ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM

Pos.

Player

School

Cl

Hometown

P

Jeff Thompson

Louisville

Jr.

Greenville, Ind.

P

Adam Norton

Notre Dame

Sr.

Highland, Ind.

P

Ethan Mildren

Pittsburgh

Jr.

Hopwood, Pa.

P

Jon Prosinski

Seton Hall

Sr.

Skillman, N.J.

RP

Nick Burdi

Louisville

So.

Downers Grove, Ill.

C

Elvin Soto

Pittsburgh

So.

New York, N.Y.

1B

Trey Mancini

Notre Dame

Jr.

Winter Haven, Fla.

2B

LJ Mazzilli

Connecticut

Sr.

Greenwich, Conn.

3B

Eric Jagielo

Notre Dame

Jr.

Downers Grove, Ill.

SS

Giuseppe Papaccio *

Seton Hall

Sr.

Nutley, N.J.

OF

Casey Roche

Pittsburgh

Jr.

Downingtown, Pa.

OF

Zack Granite

Seton Hall

Jr.

Staten Island, N.Y.

OF

James Ramsay

USF

Jr.

Brandon, Fla.

DH

Jeff Gardner

Louisville

Jr.

Louisville, Ky.

 

 

 

 

 

* unanimous selection

 

 

 

 

 

ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM

Pos.

Player

School

Cl

Hometown

P

Carson Cross

Connecticut

So.

Brentwood, N.H.

P

Chad Green

Louisville

Jr.

Effingham, Ill.

P

Rhys Aldenhoven

Pittsburgh

Jr.

Victoria, Australia

P

Matt Wotherspoon

Pittsburgh

Jr.

Mountain Top, Pa.

P

Jimmy Herget

USF

Fr.

Tampa, Fla.

RP

Dan Slania

Notre Dame

Jr.

Tucson, Ariz.

C

Jeff Melillo

Rutgers

Sr.

Annandale, N.J.

1B

Frank Schwindel

St. John's

Jr.

Livingtson, N.J.

2B

Nick Favatella

Rutgers

Jr.

Washington Township, N.J.

3B

Ty Young

Louisville

Jr.

Coatesville, Pa.

SS

Sutton Whiting

Louisville

So.

New Wilmington, Pa.

OF

Coco Johnson

Louisville

Jr.

Benton Harbor, Mich.

OF

Steven Shelinsky, Jr.

Pittsburgh

Jr.

Yardley, Pa.

OF

Stephen Vranka

Pittsburgh

Jr.

Monroeville, Pa.

DH

Boo Vazquez

Pittsburgh

So.

Youngstown, Ohio

 

 

 

 

 

ALL-BIG EAST THIRD TEAM

Pos.

Player

School

Cl

Hometown

P

Ryan Horstman

St. John's

Fr.

South Hadley, Mass.

RP

Brian Gilbert

Seton Hall

Jr.

Toms River, N.J.

RP

Lawrence Pardo

USF

Jr.

Miami, Fla.

1B

Sal Annunziata

Seton Hall

So.

Bronx, N.Y.

1B

Jimmy Falla

USF

Sr.

Tampa, Fla.

2B

Nick Ratajczak

Louisville

Sr.

Joliet, Ill.

2B

Mike Genovese

Seton Hall

Sr.

Livingston, N.J.

SS

Kyle Teaf

USF

So.

Tallahassee, Fla.

OF

Justin Leeson

Georgetown

Sr.

Exton, Pa.

OF

Adam Engel

Louisville

Jr.

Cincinnati, Ohio

OF

Cole Sturgeon

Louisville

Jr.

Owensboro, Ky.

OF

Ryan Bull

Notre Dame

So.

Eden Prairie, Minn.

OF

Steve Zavala

Rutgers

Sr.

Randolph, N.J.

OF

Zach Lauricella

St. John's

So.

Buffalo, N.Y.