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Baseball - Tue, Jun. 21, 2016

COLORADO SPRINGS, Co. - Following a successful season with Mercer County (N.J.), freshman Andrew DiPiazza was recognized Monday by the NJCAA Division II Baseball Committee as the Spalding® NJCAA DII Baseball Pitcher of the Year.

The committee selected DiPiazza after the right-hander had an impressive season with a 12-1 record and serving as a major contributor to the Vikings' appearance in the NJCAA DII Baseball World Series before bowing out in the semifinal round.

DiPiazza's performance during the championship earned him Pitcher of the Tournament recognition as well as a spot on the all-tournament team.

An imposing figure while on the mound, the 6-foot-7 hurler found himself ranked amongst the top five in the country with 12 wins, 109 strikeouts and a 1.50 ERA. His 84 innings pitched . In addition, DiPiazza's 14 starts were good enough for fifth overall, his 84 innings pitched ranked 10th and his 11.7 strikeouts per nine innings pitched landed him at 16th.

With a combination of size, a powerful arm and quality numbers, DiPiazza attracted the interest of some notable four-year programs such as Texas A&M and Oklahoma State. In addition to college scouts, the native of Bayville, New Jersey, also attracted the attention of MLB scouts.

Despite being selected in the 39th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants, DiPiazza plans to return to Mercer County for his second year of eligibility.

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Region XIX - Sun, Jun. 19, 2016

MOORE TOWNSHIP, Pa. - The Region XIX Executive Committee has announced the creation of the Ron Case Athletic Director of the Year Award in honor of outgoing Rowan College @ Gloucester County athletic director Ron Case, who will be retiring July 31. 

"We couldn't think of a better way to honor Ron's legacy in Region XIX," stated Troy Tucker, Chair of the Region XIX Executive Committee, "as a multiple-time national AD of the Year award winner, in addition to his involvement within the Region, this award will annually honor a Region XIX AD for their commitment and positive contributions to their campus, the region and their surrounding communities."

The award will be presented for the first time in October 2016 at the Fall Region XIX AD's meeting.