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Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Gateway graduate Stephen Vranka, a junior outfielder on the University of Pittsburgh baseball team, was named to the Big East honor roll for the week ending March 24.

It was Vranka's first Big East honor.

He had a big weekend in the Panthers' three-game sweep of St. Johns in Queens, N.Y.

Vranka led the team in average (.545), hits (6), runs (6), total bases (9), slugging percentage (.818) and on-base percentage (.643).

He helped Pitt score 37 runs in the series from March 22 to 24.

The three-game set against the Red Storm was the Big East opener for Pitt, which won eight games in a row overall heading into Tuesday's scheduled game at Akron.

Pitt was 19-6 before the game with the Zips.

Vranka played in and started 24 of Pitt's first 25 games this season.

He batted .244 (21 for 86) with 23 runs scored and 15 runs batted in. He had eight extra base hits — four doubles, three triples and one home run.

The center fielder made 63 putouts and one assist in 64 chances heading into the Akron game. He made no defensive errors.

Pitt returns to Big East action Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a three-game set in Tampa against South Florida.

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412- 388-5825 or at

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