PIONEER ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2013
Bryan Neal -- Baseball, 1994-97
Editor's Note: This is the third of a four-part series profiling the Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2013. The inductees will be honored at the Induction Ceremony Sept. 28, 2013. Read the Full Release here
No pitcher in the history of Point Park baseball has won more games, pitched in more games or pitched more innings than Bryan Neal. A native of McKeesport, Pa., and a McKeesport High School graduate, Neal is tied for the school's all-time lead in career wins with 24 over four years from 1994-97. He is also the outright school record-holder in career appearances with 61 and career innings pitched with 233.2.
Neal spent most of his time as a starting pitcher, although he did total six career saves to rank tied for third in team history. He racked up 151 career strikeouts, which is sixth in the Point Park annals.
Neal's career won-loss record of 24-10 gives him an impressive winning percentage of .705. During that time, the Point Park team had a record of 124-90-1, which equates to a team winning percentage of .579. Neal's best season came as a senior in 1997 when he was 12-3 for a Point Park team that finished 32-23 overall.
Neal pitched the Pioneers to within one game of the NAIA World Series in 1997. After getting the win in a regional semifinals, Neal came back to pitch on short rest in the finals, but Point Park came up short. He proved to be a work horse that year with seven complete games in 14 starts.
Neal had a respectable career ERA of 5.01 in what was the most prolific offensive time period ever for college baseball. Neal always put the Pioneers in a position to win, and the team won at a better rate when he was on the mound.
Neal is currently the pitching coach for the Point Park baseball program, a role that he has had for the last four years from 2010-13. His pitching staff has regularly ranked among the NAIA leaders in team ERA, including the 2012 team that that was ninth in the country and pitched the Pioneers to the NAIA World Series, the team's 11th trip all-time.
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Four-part series profiling the Hall of Fame Class of 2013: