No. 19 Point Park gets 10 players on All-KIAC Baseball First or Second Teams
May 1, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. ET
2014 All-KIAC Baseball First Team has seven players from Point Park. Pictured from Point Park: Back Row (far left): Isaiah Marsh (RHP). Pictured Front Row (L to R): Alex Mateo (RHP) (2nd from left), Jordan Crowell (OF), Yuliecer Arias (SS), Michael DeJesus (3B), Javy Marticorena (OF) and Manny Perdomo (RHP). Photo by Lauren Jones.
KINGSPORT, Tenn. -- The 2014 All-KIAC Baseball Teams were announced last week during the KIAC Tournament in Kingsport, Tenn., and then officially released on Wednesday (April 30) by the KIAC office. KIAC regular season and tournament champion Point Park had seven position players and three pitchers named to either the All-KIAC First or Second Team.
Point Park (38-13, 16-4 KIAC), ranked No. 19 in the NAIA Top 25, had four position players and three starting pitchers named to the All-KIAC First Team and also had three position players named to the All-KIAC Second Team.
Point Park's Michael DeJesus (3B), Yuliecer Arias (SS), Javy Marticorena (OF) and Jordan Crowell (OF) were named to the First Team while starting pitchers Manny Perdomo (RHP), Isaiah Marsh (RHP) and Alex Mateo (RHP) took up three of the four starting pitching spots on the First Team.
Tom Birko (2B), Oscar Romero (1B) and Ossie Alfonzo (C) made the All-KIAC Second Team from Point Park. There was also an All-KIAC Gold Glove team named with second baseman Birko and shortstop Arias making it from Point Park.
Point Park has the top hitting team in the KIAC with a team batting average of .350, a figure that ranks third in the NAIA. The Pioneers also have the top pitching staff in the KIAC ranking first in the conference in team ERA (3.19) and opponent's batting average (.245), among other categories. Point Park is second in the KIAC in fielding with a fielding percentage of .952, just .001 behind IU Southeast.
Michael DeJesus (3B) is having of the most productive seasons in the KIAC this year as the junior third baseman from Miami, Fla., ranked in the top five in the KIAC in batting average, doubles, home runs, RBIs, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. DeJesus transferred this year from St. Thomas (Fla.), and he is hitting .392 (5th KIAC) with 21 doubles (2nd KIAC), five home runs (4th KIAC), 49 RBIs (3rd KIAC) and a .620 slugging percentage (4th KIAC). Among the NAIA leaders, he is 6th in doubles, 24th in RBIs and 44th in slugging percentage. He has started 50 games.
Yuliecer Arias (SS) is a senior from Caracas, Venezuela, and he was named the top shortstop in the KIAC after hitting .367 (7th KIAC) with 14 doubles and 40 RBIs (7th KIAC). He was also strong in extra bases with a .456 slugging percentage and a .412 on-base average. He earned the All-KIAC Gold Glove at shortstop with a .947 fielding percentage and started 50 games. He transferred from Indian Hills (Iowa) CC.
Javy Marticorena (RF) also proved to be one of the top power hitters in the KIAC as the Pioneers' No. 3 hitter in the order hit .341 (18th KIAC) with 19 doubles (4th KIAC), four home runs (6th KIAC), 40 RBIs (7th KIAC) and a .532 slugging percentage (9th KIAC). Marticorena, a senior from Miami, Fla., who is in his third year at Point Park since transferring from St. Thomas (Fla.), ranks 19th in the NAIA with 19 doubles. He is hitting .331 with 12 homers and 109 RBIs in 141 career games.
Jordan Crowell (LF) earned a spot on the All-KIAC First Team by hitting .366 (8th KIAC) with nine doubles, one home run and 29 RBIs (20th KIAC). He compiled a .451 slugging percentage and a .453 on-base average. He made the switch to left field this year after being All-KIAC First Team at third base last year. He is hitting .401 with 69 RBIs in 95 career games.
Point Park's pitching staff was not only the best in the KIAC as a unit, the top of the rotation dominated the KIAC individual statistics. All-KIAC First Team starting pitchers Manny Perdomo, Isaiah Marsh and Alex Mateo all ranked first, second and third in the KIAC in ERA, opponent's batting average and strikeouts.
Manny Perdomo (RHP), a senior from Miami, Fla., was 8-1 with a 2.35 ERA (3rd KIAC) in 66.1 innings (1st KIAC). He racked up 72 strikeouts (1st KIAC) and 25 walks. Opponents hit .224 (2nd KIAC). Perdomo, who is 21-4 with a 2.39 ERA in three years at Point Park since transferring from St. Thomas (Fla.), is 34th in the NAIA with 9.77 strikeouts per nine innings and 34th in the NAIA with eight wins. He pitched eight einnings with eight strikeouts and two walks in his KIAC Tournament start, a 6-2 win over Berea.
Isaiah Marsh (RHP), a senior from Clear Brook, Va., has a record of 7-1 with a 2.78 ERA (2nd KIAC) in 58.1 innings (4th KIAC). He has amassed 42 strikeouts (3rd KIAC) versus only 15 walks, and opponents are hitting .246 (3rd KIAC). Marsh, who is 12-6 with a 3.76 ERA in three years since transferring from Clearwater Christian (Fla.), has won his last seven decisions. He is in his second year as a starting pitcher for the Pioneers.
Alex Mateo (RHP), a sophomore from Miami, Fla., is 7-2 with a 1.95 ERA (1st KIAC) in 64.1 innings (3rd KIAC). He has 60 strikeouts (2nd KIAC) versus 16 walks, and opponents hit a KIAC-low .187 (1st KIAC). A transfer this year from Broward (Fla.) College, Mateo threw three 1-hitters in his five KIAC starts in the regular season. He also won the KIAC championship game over IU Southeast, 3-1, when he went nine innings with no earned runs on six hits. He ranks 18th in the NAIA in opponent's batting average and 20th in country in hits per nine innings (6.02).
2014 All-KIAC Baseball Second Team. Pictured from Point Park Front Row: Tom Birko (2B, second from right) and Ossie Alfonzo (C, fourth from right) and Back Row: Oscar Romero (1B, center). Photo by Lauren Jones.
Tom Birko (2B) made the All-KIAC Second Team as the second baseman after hitting .361 (11th KIAC) with 11 doubles,
two homers and 38 RBIs (9th KIAC). The Pioneers' lead-off hitter from Kennedy Twp., Pa., and Montour HS had a .485 slugging average and a .454 on-base percentage. He was named All-KIAC Gold Glove at second base with a .960 fielding percentage, which led all KIAC second baseman, third baseman and shortstops. He had seven hits in the three KIAC Tournament games to become Point Park's all-time hit leader with 217 in 193 career games. His career also includes a .344 average and 140 RBIs.
Oscar Romero (1B) was named All-KIAC Second Team at first base, a position that was very crowded in the All-KIAC voting. The Pioneers' cleanup hitter is the top hitter on the Point Park team with a .432 average (3rd KIAC), 17 doubles (5th KIAC), three home runs (10th KIAC), 43 RBIs (5th KIAC) and a slugging percentage of .595 (6th KIAC). He ranks 15th in NAIA in batting average and 32nd in total doubles but just missed the All-KIAC First Team. The 68 hits also lead Point Park for the junior from Miami, Fla., who transferred this year from St. Thomas (Fla.).
Ossie Alfonzo (C) made the Alll-KIAC Second Team at catcher after hitting .299 with four homers (6th KIAC) and 37 RBIs (12th KIAC). Alfonzo proved to be one of the top power threats in the KIAC by also putting up 12 doubles (14th KIAC) and a .465 slugging percentage (17th KIAC). He has started 46 of the Pioneers 51 games, mostly at catcher. He is a senior from Miami, Fla., in his third year at Point Park since transferring from Miami Dade College.
2014 All-KIAC Baseball Gold Glove Team. Pictured from Point Park (From Right): Yuliecer Arias (SS) and Tom Birko (2B). Photo by Lauren Jones.
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