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College notes: Hempfield grad on NCAA baseball watch list

| Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

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.

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