Central York High School graduate Dan Sepic, a 6-foot, 2-inch, 210-pound junior infielder at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has been named the inaugural Owen J. Dougherty Player of the Year for IUP baseball.

The award was presented during the Crimson Hawks' doubleheader with Pitt-Johnstown on Thursday.

Sepic is hitting .325 this season with a team-best eight homers and 25 RBIs. He also has a .541 slugging percentage and a .387 on-base percentage. He's started all 45 IUP games.

The award is named for former IUP baseball coach Owen J. Dougherty, who coached the program from 1963-69, and for one final year in 1990. Dougherty has the best win percentage for a coach in IUP baseball history, going a combined 133-58 (.696) in his eight seasons in the dugout.

His sons, Bob and Pat Dougherty, were on hand to help current IUP head baseball coach Anthony Rebyanski present the award to Sepic.

In addition to being named the Player of the Year, Sepic earned CoSIDA Academic All-District™ honors Thursday and helped the Crimson Hawks clinch the program's first Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament berth since 2011. IUP is 22-23 overall and 18-10 in the PSAC. IUP faces Lock Haven in a first-round PSAC playoff game at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Pitt-Johnstown.

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