WVU's Gyorko, Pitt's Leonard Named NCBWA District Players of the Year

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - For the second consecutive season, West Virginia's Jedd Gyorko was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America District II Player of the Year. BIG EAST Player of the Year Joe Leonard of Pittsburgh was named District I Player of the Year for the first time in his career.

Gyorko, a semifinalist for the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award, is a Morgantown, W.Va., native who batted .381 with a career-high 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 28 doubles, 90 hits and 71 runs for the Mountaineers in 2010. He also registered a career-best .750 slugging percentage, 43 walks, .973 fielding percentage and 192 assists, a WVU single-season record. He led his team in eight of those offensive and defensive categories while racking up 2010 all-America laurels. The West Virginia standout was a Brooks Wallace Award finalist in 2009 and concluded his college career with a program-high .404 batting average, 73 doubles, 113 extra base-hits and co-held career homer record with Tim McCabe at 35.

Leonard has already received all-America recognition from Collegiate Baseball, and the junior from Dawson, Pa., was one of the most versatile players in the BIG EAST in 2010. He is the fourth Panther to gain all-America honors since 2004. The Dick Howser Trophy semifinalist and John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award nominee set several Pitt season marks both offensively and on the mound, with 104 hits, 240 at-bats, 23 doubles, 71 runs batted in to go along with eight saves this season and 11 career saves."