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BVA's Ferita picks Seton Hill

| Friday, April 12, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
BV Area baseball standout Adam Ferita will take his abilities to Seton Hill University in the fall. Rich Downer photo
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Ever since Adam Ferita was a freshman at Belle Vernon Area, he has called the third spot in the Leps' batting order “home.”

Starting next year, home for Ferita will be Seton Hill University in Greensburg.

Ferita, a three-time all-section outfielder and the section's MVP as a junior, committed to the Division II school Wednesday night.

Ferita, a career .440-plus hitter, is hitting .476 through seven games for the Leps his senior season. He has hit safely in every game this year.

He is also 3-0 as a pitcher this season for BVA (4-2), the WPIAL Class AAA runners-up a year ago.

“He's been my third in my order ever since he was a freshman,” BVA coach Dan Palm said. “He's as good as good as anybody I ever coached at Belle Vernon or Albert Gallatin. He is so good at all phases of the game, just solid everywhere. He is not only a great hitter, but he is a great fielder and has a strong arm. His ability, mental approach, work ethic, baseball knowledge are all superb. He's the total package. He's one of the best for sure.”

Ferita picked Seton Hill over a list of schools that included California University, Washington & Jefferson and Western Carolina.

“I think it's a good fit for me,” Ferita said. “It's a great opportunity. I like the campus and I really like coach (Marc) Marizzaldi.”

Ferita said he thinks he could get a quick opportunity to play for the Griffins, noting that the team's center fielder is a senior.

“I hope to play right away and I'll do whatever it takes to get in the lineup, whether it be starting or off the bench,” he said.

Palm agrees.

“I think Seton Hill is an excellent fit for Adam,” Palm said. “It is solid academically and he should get an opportunity to play right away. I think he can be a star on the Division II level.”

Seton Hill (27-8, 18-3) has one of the top D-II programs in the tri-state area, having won three straight West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles, and is heading toward a fourth this season.

The Griffins are on top of the Atlantic Region standings and are ranked 25th in the latest D-II poll. They will be joining the PSAC next year.

Ferita not only starred in baseball at BVA; he was a standout football player for the Leps as well. His senior season, as a wide receiver/defensive back, he was named to the All-Big Seven Team.

He is the son of Tom and Karen Ferita of Belle Vernon.

Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or joliver@tribweb.com.

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