At Scranton, PA; The Lackawanna College Athletic Department is honored to announce that two members of its 2012 Baseball Team have been named to the NJCAA Division II All-American Team. The Region XIX Division II Player of the Year, Chris Kirsch was named to the First Team, while the Region's runner-up for the POY, Tyler Buckley, was named to the Third Team. Both players were recognized for their accomplishments as pitchers.
Kirsch, a native of Newtown Square, Pennsylvania and graduate of Marple Newton High School, was Lackawanna's number one pitcher during the 2012 season; winning ten games and losing only one. During the season he pitched 75 innings relinquishing only 44 hits and 26 runs, 16 of which were earned. Kirsch struck out 107 while only walking 39. His Earned Run Average was a meager 1.92. Prior to being picked as an All American, Kirsch was named to the Region XIX Division II First Team and was chosen as the Region's Player of the Year. Recently, he was selected in the 14th round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. Kirsch must now choose between signing with the Rays or, forgoing that opportunity, to continue his education and baseball career at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Buckley, a resident of Scranton Pennsylvania and graduate of Scranton High School was Lackawanna's number two pitcher or as more frequently called "1 (b)" because his stats were comparable to Kirsch's. In the course of the 2012 season, Buckley pitched 78 innings in 15 appearances, recording a win and loss record of 10-1. He gave up 59 hits and 26 runs, 16 of which were earned. He was also credited with 68 K's and 28 base on balls. Buckley's ERA was a scant 1.84. Prior to his selection as a Third Team All American, Buckley joined Kirsch on the Region XIX Division II First Team and was runner-up to his teammate Kirsch for Player of the Year. Buckley will continue his student/athlete career at Virginia Commonwealth University this fall.