June 27, 2013
    Five Hokies voted VaSID First Team All-State
    The six Hokies named overall ties for the most ever honorees

    BLACKSBURG, Va. – In voting conducted by the Virginia College Sports Information Directors (VaSID) and announced today, the Virginia Tech Hokies led all Virginia schools with a Tech record five 2013 University Division All-State First Team Baseball selections and saw six named in total.

    Highlighting the Hokies all-state selections were sophomore catcher Mark Zagunis, who repeats his first team honor from last year, and junior outfielder Tyler Horan, who was a second team member in 2012. Joining the duo as first-time honorees on the first team are junior third baseman Chad Pinder and senior pitchers Devin Burke, as a starter, and Clark Labitan, as a reliever. Claiming a spot on the second team was senior starting pitcher Joe Mantiply.

    The five members of the VaSID first team marks the most ever for the Hokies, surpassing both the 2003 and 1997 squads who each had four, while the six overall players selected ties the 2003 squad for the most players honored.

    Putting the five first teamers into perspective, since 2003, the Hokies had seen just six players overall named first team – and one of those was Zagunis. The number also ties for the second-most ever by one school in a single year, and one behind the most – Virginia with six in 2009.

    It is also the first time the Hokies have placed more than one pitcher on the VaSID team since 1999, while they also had two in 1996 and 1994. With Burke and Labitan on the first team, it marks the first time ever Tech has had two pitchers on the first team.

    Ironically, Zagunis becomes the first repeat first team selection to the VaSID team since catcher Wyatt Toregas earned back-to-back honors in 2003 and 2004. He was a first team DH selection in 2002 as well, becoming just the second Hokie to earn three first team honors. Zagunis is the sixth Hokie to earn at least two first team honors.

    2013 VaSID University Division All-State Baseball Team

    VaSID Player of the Year - Mike Papi, So., Virginia
    VaSID Pitcher of the Year - Kyle Crockett, Jr.,Virginia
    VaSID Coach of the Year - Jamie Pinzino, William & Mary
    VaSID Rookie of the Year - Joe McCarthy, Fr., Virginia

    1st Team
    SP - Devin Burke, Sr., Virginia Tech

    SP - John Ferrell, Sr., William & Mary
    SP - Jason Inghram, So., William & Mary
    RP - Kyle Crockett, Jr., Virginia
    RP - Clark Labitan, Sr., Virginia Tech
    C - Mark Zagunis, So., Virginia Tech

    1B - Michael Katz, So., William & Mary
    2B - Reed Gragnani, Sr., Virginia
    3B - Chad Pinder, Jr., Virginia Tech
    SS - Jeff Kemp, Sr., Radford
    OF - Tyler Horan, Jr., Virginia Tech
    OF - Mike Papi, So., Virginia
    OF - Ben Verlander, Jr., Old Dominion
    DH - Jacob Mayers, Sr., Richmond
    UT - Nick Howard, So., Virginia

    2nd Team
    SP - Joe Mantiply, Sr., Virginia Tech

    SP - Scott Silverstein, Sr., Virginia
    SP - Seth Greene, Jr., Va. Commonwealth
    RP - Aaron Myers, So., Longwood
    RP - Josh Sborz, Fr., Virginia
    C - Trey Wimmer, Sr., Liberty
    1B - Zach Markel, Jr., Norfolk St.
    2B - Ryan Lindemuth, So., William & Mary
    3B - Ty McFarland, Jr., James Madison
    SS - Branden Cogswell, So., Virginia
    OF - Chad Carroll, So., James Madison
    OF - Rob Dickinson, Sr., VMI
    OF - Joe McCarthy, Fr., Virginia
    DH - Conner Brown, Jr., James Madison
    UT - Ashton Perritt, So., Liberty

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