Keystone's Rob Rogers (Watertown 2011) was a first team D3baseball.com All-American. Photo courtesy Keystone athletics/NCAA
Four players affiliated with teams in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League have been named to the 2013 D3baseball.com All-America Team. Keystone College senior Rob Rogers (Watertown 2011) was a first team All-American, Ithaca College junior Tim Locastro (Newark 2013) and Southern Maine junior Logan Carmen (Mohawk Valley 2011, 2013) were tapped for the All-America second team and St. John Fisher junior Justin D’Amato (Newark 2011) was listed as a third team All-American. Three of the four 2013 All-Americans competed in the PGCBL’s inaugural 2011 season. The full D3baseball.com 2013 All-America team can be found here.
Rob Rogers (Watertown 2011) was D3baseball.com’s Mid-Atlantic Region Pitcher of the Year. The Keystone College senior was also chosen as the Pitcher of the Year in the Colonial States Athletic Conference. Rogers, a three-time selection to the All-CSAC team, helped guide the Giants to the championship game of the 2013 NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Regional. He led all NCAA Division III pitchers in starts (16) and total strikeouts (114). Rogers went 10-2 with a 1.34 earned run average, six complete games and two shutouts over 16 appearances. The Islip, N.Y., native logged 101.0 Innings and held opposing hitters to a .190 batting average. Rogers led the CSAC in nearly every pitching category. His finest performance came in the in the championship round of the Mid-Atlantic Regional against nationally-ranked Kean. Rogers pitched a complete game one-hit shutout and struck out seven to lead the Giants to a 2-0 victory over the Cougars. He carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and faced just three batters over the minimum.
Tim Locastro (Newark 2013) was the Player of the Year in the Empire 8 Conference and a D3baseball.com All-New York Region first team infielder. Locastro and the Ithaca College Bombers are currently competing in the NCAA Division III World Series for the first time since 1994. The Ithaca College shortstop is a two-time all-region and all-conference selection. Heading into the World Series, Locastro is first in NCAA Division III in hit-by-pitch (27), fourth in runs scored (65), and tied for fifth in stolen bases (36). Most impressively, the Ithaca shortstop has reached base safely via hit, walk or hit by pitch in 40 of 43 games played. He began the season by reaching base safely via hit or walk in 29-straight games. The Auburn, N.Y., native leads the 38-6 Bombers in batting average (.424), hits (61), runs scored, doubles (11), triples (six), slugging percentage (.625), on-base percentage (.539), sacrifice flies (five) and stolen bases.
Logan Carmen (Mohawk Valley 2011, 2013) was D3baseball.com’s New England Region Pitcher of the Year. The University of Southern Maine junior was also chosen as the Pitcher of the Year in the Little East Conference. Carmen and the Huskies are currently competing in the NCAA Division III World Series. Heading into the World Series, Carmen is tied for first among all Division III pitchers in winning percentage (1.000) and second in victories (12). The USM junior is 12-0 with a 1.62 earned run average and three complete games. He has struck out 56 batters in 89.0 innings. Through 13 starts, Carmen has 12 victories and just one no decision. The 6-foot-4 southpaw recorded his first two career shutouts in the NCAA Division III New England Regional. He threw a complete game three-hit shutout in USM’s regional opening victory over Daniel Webster on May 15 and then came back on three days’ rest to blank Endicott with a complete game seven-hitter in a winner-take-all regional championship game.
Justin D’Amato (Newark 2011) is a two-time D3baseball.com All-American and a three-time selection to D3baseball.com’s All-New York Region first team. The St. John Fisher College junior is a three-time All-Empire 8 honoree and a two-time Empire 8 Pitcher of the Year. This spring, D’Amato became St. John Fisher’s all-time leader in wins (27) and strikeouts (250). The Canandaigua, N.Y., native went 7-2 with a 1.46 earned run average and four complete games. D’Amato struck out 70 batters in 68.0 innings and held opponents to a .182 batting average. The southpaw did not allow an earned run over his final two starts and was part of three SJFC shutout victories. His best performance came against eventual Liberty League champion Union (N.Y.) in Florida. D’Amato fired a complete game four-hit shutout and struck out 10 to help defeat the Dutchmen, 6-0.