No. 19 Point Park baseball finalizes roster and schedule for 2014 season
Jan. 31, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Manny Perdomo is one of three starting pitchers returning on the Pioneers roster. Photo by Kirsten Burkes.
PITTSBURGH -- The No. 19-ranked Point Park University baseball team has finalized its roster and schedule for the upcoming 2014 season, which will begin Feb. 15-16 with a four-game series at NAIA Virginia Intermont. Download the roster and schedule at the links above.
The Pioneers, under fifth-year head coach Loren Torres, have a roster of 23 players -- 11 of which are returning letter winners -- and their schedule was recently finalized when they learned their opponents for their 12-game Florida trip March 1-7.
"We are excited for the upcoming 2014 season," said Torres. "We have a very talented and experienced returning group mixed with a recruiting class that shows promise. Our goal is to always prepare better than others care to or expect to. If we are not out-hustled or out-prepared, we will have a chance to win every game we play with the depth of our roster. Our team is hungry and determined to contend for a championship."
The Pioneers, coming off a 39-16 record in 2013, are the defending KIAC Tournament champions, and they've been to the NAIA national tournament for two straight years. Point Park still has many players from its run to the NAIA World Series in 2012, the 11th appearance in program history.
Point Park's roster has plenty of experience with 11 of the 23 players as seniors. Geographically, the Pioneers have 10 players from Pennsylvania, nine from Florida and one each from Ohio, Virginia, Canada and Venezuela.
The Pioneers return 11 of 19 letter winners, which includes 5 of 9 position starters and 3 of 4 starting pitchers returning. Point Park's roster is virtually split between returning and new players with 12 returning and 11 new.
Point Park's schedule is very busy in the early portion with 24 games scheduled by the end of spring break March 7. The Pioneers will make trips south to play at Virginia Intermont Feb. 15-16 and to play at Bryan (Tenn.), at No. 8 Tennessee Wesleyan and at West Virginia Tech Feb. 21-24.
The Pioneers will then head south a third time for their annual spring-break trip to Florida for 12 games March 1-7. The Florida stint is highlighted by matchups with (RV) Davenport (Mich.) to start followed by 2013 NAIA national tournament participants Madonna (Mich.) and Benedictine Springfield.
Point Park has 31 of its first 33 games away from home with the only home games in that stretch being the home openers March 11 versus Clarion. The non-conference doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. at Point Park Field at Green Tree Park.
There are some marquee single games on the schedule with two of them involving matchups with some of the other best programs in Western Pennsylvania -- Feb. 18 at California (Pa.) at Consol Energy Park and April 7 at home versus Seton Hill. The Pioneers also visit NAIA No. 23 Georgetown for a single game March 16.
"Each spring begins with the thrill of knowing that the chance for a championship awaits those who play well while overcoming the many obstacles that a baseball season brings. We begin each year expecting to play for a championship, and this year will be no different," said Torres.
"Our schedule is full of quality and historically successful programs that we respect, and must prepare well to meet the challenge head on. We have a group of guys who are hungry, and if we can stay humble and focused throughout the course of the entire season, we will put ourselves in a position to reach our goals at the final out."