Monongahela native vital in Seton Hill baseball's postseason run
Seton Hill University senior shortstop Brendan Costantino was named a second-team, All Atlantic Region selection by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).
The Geibel Catholic High School graduate and Monongahela native helped make the Griffins' first season in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference a memorable one.
After being chosen by the head coaches to win the eight-team PSAC Western Division in the preseason, Seton Hill turned the prediction into a reality with a 22-6 divisional mark.
The Griffins earned their first-ever NCAA Division II Baseball Championships appearance by winning the Atlantic Regional title with four consecutive victories.
The Griffins went 1-2 at the eight-team NCAA Division II Baseball National Championships, which were contested in Cary, N.C. This was the program's fifth consecutive NCAA postseason appearance under 11th-year head coach Marc Marizzaldi. The regional championship avenged the team's second-place finish in 2013.
The NCBWA teams are voted on by the members of the NCBWA regional committee that votes on the NCBWA Atlantic Regional polls throughout the season. All first- and second-team selections from the PSAC, Mountain East and CIAA are eligible for the NCBWA team.
Costantino was a second-team all-conference selection after earning first-team honors from the now-defunct West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 2012 and 2013.
He was also named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division II Baseball All-Star Second Team.
In 2014, Costantino batted .318 and led the team with 36 stolen bases, 198 at-bats and 22 walks. He was second in runs scored (41), hits (63), home runs (4), third in RBI (34), and fourth in doubles (6).
He finishes as the school's career leader in games played (210), at-bats (727) and tied for first in hits (250). Costantino is second in the school record books with 120 stolen bases and 176 runs scored.
Seton Hill finished the 2014 baseball season with a 41-17 final overall record and won the PSAC-West title and NCAA Division II Mid-Atlantic Regional championship.
During Costantino's four years, Seton Hill has compiled a 162-60 cumulative record and 104-21 conference mark.
Roman earns national recognition
Bentworth High School graduate and Waynesburg University standout Clay Roman was selected as a “Player to Watch” by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
Collegiate Baseball newspaper is a tabloid publication based in Tucson, Ariz., that is dedicated to covering college and high school baseball nationwide. The publication, established in 1957, has documented the growth and changes of the sport of baseball and offered instructional information to baseball coaches and players at all levels of the game as well as publicize their achievements.
A 5-foot-10-inch, 185-pound senior outfielder, Roman received the national preseason honor following a 2013 season which he batted .336 with 50 hits, 33 runs scored, six doubles, 21 RBI, 20 walks, and a team-high 15 stolen bases in 16 attempts. Defensively he made just two errors in 110 chances for a .982 fielding percentage.
He earned All-President Athletic Conference honors at season's end and helped the Yellow Jackets compile a 22-18 overall record for the team's second consecutive winning season. Waynesburg concluded the 2013 season by winning the program's first-ever Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) South Tournament with road victories over Pittsburgh-based LaRoche College (semifinals) and McDaniel (Md.) College.
In the 5-2 title game win over the Green Terror, Roman had two hits in four at-bats with two RBI, one run scored, a walk and made three putouts in center field.
Roman transferred to Waynesburg from Marietta (Ohio) College.
In 2014 despite missing seven games in early March due to an injury, Roman batted .260 with 25 runs, 34 hits, five doubles, 21 RBI and a team-high six stolen bases. He helped the Yellow Jackets finish in third-place in the PAC regular season with a 13-11 conference mark under ninth-year head coach Mike Humiston. Waynesburg advanced to the league's tournament semifinals.
An environmental science major, Roman has also been a member of the PAC Academic Honor Roll each semester since enrolling at Waynesburg. The PAC Academic Honor Roll recognizes student-athletes on varsity sports teams who have earned a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.6 or higher on a 4.0 scale during their semester of competition.
Bruce Wald is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.