Costantino, Bashioum aid Seton Hill baseball team's success
Seton Hill University's Brendan Costantino concluded his junior season with the Griffins' baseball team by being named to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-Atlantic Region second-team for the second straight year.
A junior shortstop from Monongahela and a graduate of Geibel Catholic High School, Costantino batted .358 in 2013 with 76 hits, 56 runs scored, 14 doubles, two triples, five home runs, and 33 RBI. He also had 35 stolen bases, which tied him with teammate Pat McCarthy for the lead in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC). Costantino also received first-team all-conference honors for the second consecutive season.
He batted .370 in 2012 with 35 steals and .317 in 2011 with 14 stolen bases.
Last summer Costantino played for the Asheboro (N.C.) Copperheads of the Coastal Plain League, a wood-bat summer league featuring college players from throughout the nation.
In only 13 games he led the team in stolen bases with 14 on 15 attempts.
During the 2011 summer, Costantino played for the Sherrill (N.Y.) Silversmiths in the prestigious 12-team New York Collegiate Baseball League. He was named to the East All-Star team in the NYCBL after batting .417 with a league record 63 stolen bases in 40 games. Costantino was also second in the league that summer in hits (63) and runs scored (37).
Another local helping the Griffins' baseball team in 2013 was Sam Bashioum, a senior right-handed pitcher from Belle Vernon.
He transferred to Seton Hill from the University of Maryland Baltimore County two years ago and compiled a 4-2 overall record this past spring while appearing in 17 games with three starts. Bashioum struck out 22 batters in 37.1 innings pitched with one save.
In 2012, he compiled a 3-0 record with a 3.98 ERA with one start and one save. Bashioum hurled 40.2 innings with 19 strikeouts and six walks.
At UMBC in 2010 he made 18 appearances with two starts, one save and produced 23 strikeouts in 31.2 innings pitched. During his 2011 sophomore season he appeared in eight games and walked four batters in 12 innings pitched .
Costantino and Bashioum helped the Griffins compile a 42-17 overall in 2013 and make a fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament. Seton Hill took second place at the Atlantic Regional after winning three straight games before falling twice to Shippensburg University in the championship round. The Griffins also won a fourth consecutive WVIAC Northern Division title with a 26-8 conference mark.
During Costantino's first three seasons, Seton Hill has compiled a 121-43 cumulative record.
Ferita joins Griffins
While Bashioum finished his collegiate career this past spring, another Belle Vernon Area High School standout is part of Seton Hill's 2013-14 baseball recruiting class.
Adam Ferita, a 6-foot, 190-pound outfielder, batted .460 this past spring for the Leopards with 29 hits, 18 RBI, 11 stolen bases and 23 runs scored.
In 2012, he batted .416 and helped Belle Vernon reach the WPIAL Class AAA championship and tie Greensburg Salem for the Section 2 title as both teams went 11-3. Belle Vernon also reached the PIAA Class AAA quarterfinals.
Also an all-section football player, Ferita is a member of the National Honor Society and intends on majoring in chemistry/engineering at Seton Hill.
“We have been tracking Adam for almost two years now, and we are so excited that he has chosen to join our family,” said Marc Marizzaldi, who will begin his 10th season as the Griffins' head baseball coach in 2014. “He brings great athleticism and a fierce competitiveness to the ballfield. We see him being a physical player that should really compliment the middle of the order over the next four years.”
Bruce Wald is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.
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