La Roche College has been chosen by the AMCC baseball coaches as the team most likely to win the conference title, successfully defending the crown they earned for the first time in 2012.  Four-time champion Penn St. Behrend was picked to finish second, and third was a toss-up between Pitt-Bradford and Pitt-Greensburg.

The Preseason Player of the Year designation goes to Pitt-Bradford senior infielder Derek Smith.  The 2012 AMCC Player of the Year, Smith earned honorable mention from D3Baseball.Com All-America.  He ranked in the top 10 nationally in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, RBIs, hitting .482 with 7 home runs and 57 RBI.The Preseason Pitcher of the Year honors go to Penn St. Behrend senior righthander Ryan Jacobs.  A 2013 Collegiate Baseball Player to Watch, Jacobs was a first team all conference selection in 2012.  He was tabbed as team’s Most Valuable Pitcher, tying the program's single-season record for strikeouts with 83.  Jacobs led conference in opponent batting average (.218), strikeouts, and wins, and ranked second in conference for innings pitched.  He  was winning pitcher for Behrend in the 2012 ECAC Southern Region Championship

The AMCC kicks off conference play on Wednesday, March 27, and the championship will be May 8-10 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. La Roche (1)
2. Penn State Behrend (2)
T-3. Pitt-Bradford (5)
T-3. Pitt-Greensburg (3)
4. Mount Aloysius (6)
5. Penn State Altoona (4)
6. Medaille (8)
7. Hilbert (7)
8. D’Youville (9)

* Number in parentheses is order of regular season finish in 2012


Player of the Year

Pitcher of the Year

Penn St. Behrend


Head Coach:  Leo Dandes (3rd year)
2012: 2-14 AMCC, 3-24 overall

Senior P/IF Brent Gibbs (Wayland, NY/Wayland-Cohocton HS) … 4.22 ERA … 2 complete games … 29 Ks in 32.0 IP ... .273 batting average against … led team in extra base hits and home runs. 

Sophomore P/IF Jeff Spors (Tonawanda, NY/Kenmore East) … led team in on-base percentage as a freshman in 2012 season.

Head Coach Jim Pernick (2nd year)
2012:  6-10 AMCC, 10-20 overall

Senior P Garret Pauly (Arcade, NY/Pioneer HS) … pitched 53.1 innings alongside the 2012 Pitcher of the Year (Nick Sherman) … appeared in 13 games with 9 starts … threw 36 strikeouts and only 14 walks in 230 at-bats.

Senior SS/P Chris Hoak (Hamburg, NY/St. Francis HS/St. John Fisher HS) … AMCC 1st team All-Conference … led team with .422, 24 runs, 9 doubles, 4 triples, 1 home run, 27 RBIs … led team with 63 total bases, 4 stolen bases, and 89 assists.

Head Coach Chase Rowe (7th year)
2012:  13-3 AMCC, 27-19 overall

Sophomore 3B Brian Tougher (Forest Hills/ Woodland HS) … hit .397 with 10 doubles and 40 RBIs as a freshman … ECAC Newcomer of the Year in 2012

Junior P Jesse Bauer (Pittsburgh, PA/North Hills HS) … posted a 2.58 ERA in 59.1 innings of work as the closer … struck out 49 hitters … walked just 14.

Head Coach Josh Sova (1st Year)
2012:  3-13 AMCC, 5-28 overall

Senior P Brad Smith (Buffalo, NY/McKinley HS) … team’s all-time leader in career ERA (3.70) … led team in appearances last year with 16, mostly out of the bullpen. 

Sophomore 3B/OF Zack Shiesley (Buffalo, NY/Cleveland Hill HS) … led team in hitting last year with .421 batting average … defensive skills included a team-best 2 outfield assists.

Head Coach Kevin Kime (7th year)
2012: 7-8-1 AMCC, 19-27-1 overall

Senior 3B Aaron Kovach (Duncansville, PA/Hollidaysburg HS) … AMCC 2nd team all-conference … led team in offense with .397 batting average (4th in conference) … .482 on-base percentage … ranked in top ten of conference in 7 offensive categories, including batting average, on-base percentage, hits, RBIs, triples, total bases, and stolen bases.

Senior CF Jacob Stumpf (Big Run, PA/Punxatawney HS) … AMCC 2nd team all-conference … .322 batting average … led team in doubles (12) and home runs (4) … registered .510 slugging percentage.

Head Coach Joe Piotti (17th year)
2012:  9-7 AMCC, 17-22 overall

Sophomore INF Jordon Swope (State Collge, PA/Tussey Mt. HS) … .344 average … recorded 38 runs, 8 doubles, 2 home runs, and 32 RBI.

Senior P Anthony Castelli (Morganville, NJ/Marlboro HS) … Registered a 4.63 ERA and 4-2 record last season.

Head Coach Paul Benim (20th year)
2012:  12-3-1 AMCC, 29-15-1 overall

SR 3B Matt Bittner (Lancaster, NY/St. Mary's HS) ... 2013 Collegiate Baseball Player to Watch … 2013 D3Baseball.Com Preseason All-American …  2012 ABCA First-Team All-Region, D3BASEBALL.COM All-American and ECAC All-Star … 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Four Baseball Team … guided team to 2012 ECAC Southern Region Title … led team in hits (63), doubles (20), triples (5), home runs (6), and RBIs (52) … posted team-best .681 slugging percentage … tied for team lead in batting average (.387) … 1st in conference for total bases, triples, and doubles … 2nd in conference for hits, RBI.

Senior CF Ryan Kragnes (Bethel Park, PA/Bethel Park HS) … 2012 ECAC All-Star Team … led team to 2012 ECAC Southern Region Championship … AMCC 1st team all-conference for second consecutive season … 2012 Team Golden Glove Winner – made only one error … 2012 Collegiate Baseball Player to Watch … led team in runs scored (54), walks (31), and on-base percentage (.508) … hit .387 with 10 doubles and 18 RBIs … broke school record for stolen bases in a season with 36 … tied for school’s all-time record with 80 steals in career … led conference in steals, runs, walks.

Head Coach Bret Butler (15th year)
2012:  9-7 AMCC, 21-20 overall

Senior 2B Derek Smith (Jersey Shore, PA/Jersey Shore HS) … 2012 AMCC Player of the Year … honorable mention from D3Baseball.Com All-American … ranked in the top 10 nationally in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, RBIs … hit .482 last year with 7 home runs and 57 RBIs. 

Sophomore R P Aaron Cressley (Corry, PA/Corry HS) … went 6-3 with 3.42 ERA in 55.1 innings of work … ranked 5th in conference with 54 strikeouts … 4-1 in conference play with a 1.57 ERA in 28.2 innings pitched.

Head Coach Anthony Williams(2nd year)
2012:  10-6 AMCC, 21-19 overall

Junior SS/2B Dylin Brooks (Ardara, PA/Norwin HS) … AMCC 2nd team all-conference … started 35 games … led team with .373 average … .460 on-base percentage including 14-17 SBs … committed just 7 errors in 108 chances

Senior OF Dan Moyer (Greensburg, PA/Hempfield HS) ...  Third team all- AMCC ... started 39 of 40 games, collecting 43 hits ... posted a .341 BA with 16 extra base hits including 5 HR and 35 RBI.