Seton Hill University lefthander Alex Haines is among eight NCAA Division II baseball players listed by NCAA.com as players to watch.
The junior from Hempfield was voted the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference pitcher of the year in 2012 while leading Division II in strikeouts per nine innings (12).
Haines, who was 7-2 with a 4.24 ERA in 2012, previously was rated by Baseball America as the top small-college draft prospect in the nation entering the 2013 season.
He is joined by two Seton Hill players named to the initial watch list for the fourth annual Tino Martinez DII Player of the Year Award. The others are junior shortstop Brendan Costantino and sophomore third baseman Nick Sell.
The award is presented to the most outstanding player in Division II and is named after the former University of Tampa star who serves as batting coach for the Miami Marlins after playing 15 seasons in the majors.
Sell led Seton Hill in 2012 in average (.380), home runs (11) and RBI (55). Costantino was second in batting (.370). He had four home runs, 43 RBI and a team-leading 35 stolen bases.
WCCC women headed to regionals
Danielle Murphy scored 20 points to lead Westmoreland County Community College past CCAC-Boyce, 61-49, on Saturday in the championship game of the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference, giving the Wolfpack the No. 2 seed in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 20 playoffs.
Hannah Falsic added 15 points and Jasmine Belt had 11 for WCCC (23-4), which will open regional play Saturday at Prince George's (Md.) Community College.
Montgomery (Md.) College is the region's top-seeded team.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.