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Papaccio Earns All-American Status

TUCSON, ARIZ. - Senior Giuseppe Papaccio (Nutley, N.J.) was named to the Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American Third Team by Collegiate Baseball on Friday.   Papaccio becomes the first Seton Hall student-athlete recognized as an All-American by Collegiate Baseball since David Kim earned Third Team status in 1997.  He’s also one of only four 2013 honorees from the BIG EAST Conference joining Louisville’s Jeff Thompson (Second Team), Connecticut’s L.J. Mazzilli (Second Team) and Notre Dame’s Eric Jagielo (Third Team).   In 2013, Papaccio had one of the finest offensive seasons in Seton Hall history.  Unanimously named a First Team All-BIG EAST selection and New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association’s (NJCBA) Player of the Year, he finished ranked third in the BIG EAST with a .365 batting average and led the conference in doubles.  Further showing his prowess for the two-base hit, Papaccio set Seton Hall’s career record with 56 doubles and tied the aforementioned Kim’s single-season Pirate record with 24.   Named BIG EAST Player of the Week following his seven-hit, 11-RBI performance in three wins at Cincinnati, Papaccio helped guide the Pirates to one of their most successful seasons in program history.  Batting primarily in the cleanup position in the Seton Hall lineup, he helped pace the Pirates to the second-best team batting average in the BIG EAST.  Papaccio led Seton Hall in seven offensive categories, including batting average, slugging percentage and RBIs.   One of the finest defensive shortstops in the conference, Papaccio started all 56 games in the field and led Seton Hall’s defense to the top fielding percentage in the BIG EAST and by far the fewest errors.   Papaccio graduates as one of the finest position players to ever wear a Seton Hall uniform.  With 237 career hits, only three players in Pirates’ history have garnered more.  Only two Pirates have played in more games and only former teammate A.J. Rusbarsky has had more at bats.