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Six MCCC Baseball Players Named for Post-Season Honors, Kerins Named Coach of the Year

5/11/16


WEST WINDSOR The Mercer County Community College (MCCC) baseball team will be well-represented on all-conference and all-region rosters this year, with a half-dozen Vikings named for post-season honors and a fourth consecutive Coach of the Year honor for MCCC Head Coach Kevin Kerins.

In addition, Vikings hurler Andrew DiPiazza was named National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 19 Pitcher of the Year in Division II. With an 8-1 record, DiPiazza is 17th in the nation in wins and is ranked seventh in strikeouts per game, averaging 12.57. His 1.36 earned run average is second in the nation among all NJCAA Division II pitchers.

Andrew DiPiazza

MCCC baseball pitcher Andrew DiPiazza was named NJCAA Region 19 Pitcher of the Year in Division II. He is second in the nation with a 1.36 ERA and seventh in strikeout rate, averaging 12.57 per game.

“I am extremely proud of our six All-Region performers,” Kerins said. “This is the third year in a row we have had six or more players named All-Region. I think this speaks to our player development support throughout Mercer athletics.”

MCCC Vikings comprise nearly half of the NJCAA Division II All-Region 19 team. Joining DiPiazza is pitcher Zach Gakeler, catcher Robert Boselli, outfielder Anthony Boselli, and infielder Vincent Vaccone. Infielder Austin Constantini was named to the second team.

All six were also named to the Garden State Athletic Conference Division II First Team, making up more than half of the 11-man roster. This is the second time in three years a Mercer player has been named NJCAA Region 19 Pitcher of the Year, and the third consecutive year with a First-Team catcher.

“This is important, as we place a huge emphasis on the mound and our pitching staff,” Kerins said.

After posting a school record 43 wins going into the Region 19 tournament this weekend, and a no. 3 national ranking among all NJCAA Division II teams, Kerins was named Coach of the Year for the fourth consecutive season – an award that Kerins says belongs to the entire coaching staff.

“I’m very happy for our assistant coaches – the Coach of the Year Award is theirs,” Kerins said. “Our five assistants do a tremendous job and we are lucky to have them. All would be excellent head coaches.”

The Vikings enter the Region 19 tournament as the number one seed, taking on Valley Forge at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 13, at the Del Tech Owens campus in Georgetown, Del.

 

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