|Kovach Named Player of the Year, Five Others Honored||05/14/2013|
PITTSBURGH--Mount Aloysius senior Aaron Kovach (Hollidaysburg, PA/Hollidaysburg) was named the 2013 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Player of the Year.
The Mounties’ third baseman topped the conference with a .424 batting average and helped lead coach Kevin Kime’s squad to a 26-16 record. He became the first ever Mount Aloysius baseball player to earn Player of the Year honors.
Kovach additionally led the AMCC in slugging percentage (.640), runs batted in (42), doubles (15), triples (3), and sacrifice flies (5).
In all, six Mount Aloysius players were named to the all-conference team.
Sophomore pitcher Derrick Capiak (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown) and sophomore designated hitter Cory Dick (Glassboro, NJ/St. Augustine Prep) joined Kovach as first team all-conference selections.
Capiak had a 2.33 earned run average for the season, and was 10-2 off the mound. His ten wins were the best in the conference and ranked him third in the entire NCAA for that statistical category.
He also led the AMCC in strikeouts (82), strikeouts looking (29), and innings pitched (76).
Capiak was named the AMCC’s Pitcher of the Week an unprecedented four times, including this past week when he threw a no-hitter in the conference quarterfinals against La Roche College.
Dick batted .357 with 35 hits and 19 RBI’s.
Sophomore catcher Pat Gully (Dunlo, PA/Forest Hills) and junior outfielder Lucas Szymanski (Ford City, PA/Ford City) were second team all-conference choices.
Gully hit .301 this season and ranked ninth nationally for sacrifice bunts.
Szymanski had a .317 batting average. He was second in the conference in RBI’s (38) and fifth in hits (44).
Senior outfielder Jacob Stumpf (Big Run, PA/Punxsutawney) earned third team all-conference recognition. Stumpf hit .314 and had 37 hits this year.
Stumpf, Szymanski, Dick, and Kovach were all repeat all-conference selections.