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DENNIS COLAMARINO -- Baseball, 1987-89
Dennis Colamarino ended his Point Park career as perhaps the best Pioneers hitter of his time, a distinction that is impressive considering the success of the team and the amount of talented players who were his teammates.
Colamarino played in the NAIA World Series in all three of his years at Point Park from 1987-89, and he was an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American second baseman. A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., and a graduate of Shaler High School, Colamarino hit .388 with 14 home runs and 155 RBIs in 151 career games for the Pioneers.
He came to Point Park when the Pioneers were in the midst of five NAIA World Series appearances in the six years from 1986-91. He was a starter all three of his years with Point Park, and upon his graduation, he was the only player in the long tradition of Pioneers baseball to rank in the Top 10 of every offensive category.
Colamarino still ranks ninth in program history with a .388 career average, fifth with 155 career RBIs and 10th with 184 career hits. He started his career at Kent State, and if given a fourth season in the green and white, he would be much higher in the record books.
As of his graduation in 1989, Colamarino was the third all-time leading hitter at Point Park with his 184 career hits and the all-time RBI leader with 155. At that time, he also ranked eighth in batting average (.388), third in runs (150), ninth in home runs (14), fifth in triples (12), ninth in doubles (25) and third in stolen bases (50).
Colamarino was NAIA Honorable Mention All-American, NAIA Area-8 All-Region and NAIA All-District 18 all three years.
Some highlights of Colamarino's career were his 63 RBIs that led the 1988 team, and his 73 hits in 1987, both of which rank among the best in school history in those categories for a single season. His best average came in 1988 when he hit .391 with a career-high six homers. His 1987 season of 73 hits included a .388 average, 10 doubles, six triples, five homers, 53 RBIs and a career-high 62 runs.
During his time at Point Park, the Pioneers amassed a record of 128-26 for a winning percentage of .829. He played for head coach Mark Jackson, who is the program's all-time leader in career wins at 443-119-4 overall (.793) in 12 seasons.