Four Panthers named to all-AMCC team

All-AMCC Team
From top left: Smith, Cressley, Potter and Pascarella

Four baseball players from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford were named to the all-AMCC team, which was announced Tuesday.

Derek Smith was a first-team selection at shortstop, pitcher Aaron Cressley and second baseman Jake Potter were second-team picks, and Michael Pascarella earned third-team honors as a designated hitter.

Smith, a senior, received first-team recognition for the second straight year. He led the Panthers in nearly every major offensive category. In 34 games, he hit .393 with five home runs and 35 RBIs. The five round trippers were tied for first with Penn State Altoona's Ken Terpack.

Smith's 44 hits led the team, pushing his career total to a program-leading 195, and he ranked in the top 10 in the AMCC in batting average, hits, RBIs, home runs, slugging percentage (.607), on base percentage (.489), doubles (9), and total bases (68).

The Jersey Shore, Pa., native was a first-team selection at second base last year and a second-team pick at third base in 2011.

Cressley, a sophomore, led the team with a 2.25 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 32 innings pitched this year. The right hander was limited to only five starts due to injury but still ranked among the conference leaders in batting average against and earned run average. In three AMCC starts, he was 1-1 with a miniscule 0.90 ERA.

The Corry, Pa., native nearly tossed a no-hitter in the team's conference opener against Medaille, permitting only an infield single that was unplayable. He struck out nine batters, a feat he accomplished twice this year.

Potter, a sophomore, ranked among the AMCC leaders with a .360 batting average, and his .395 average in 13 conference games was tops on the team. The Jersey Shore, Pa., native posted 10 multiple-hit games, third-most on the team, scored 18 runs and swiped five bases.

Both Cressely and Potter were honored for the first time in their career.

Pascarella, a junior, was named to the all-conference team for the third straight year and the second as a designated hitter. The Bradford native hit .242 in 30 games for the Panthers, scored 24 runs, stole five bases and led the team with 23 walks.