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Baseball News -- April 23, 2013

Leyva, Perdomo sweep KIAC Baseball Player & Pitcher of the Week April 15-21

April 23, 2013 at 1:45 p.m. ET

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Marlon Leyva hit .423 with two home runs, four doubles and 11 RBIs last week. Photo by Kirsten Burkes.

 

PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University's Marlon Leyva and Manny Perdomo swept the KIAC Baseball weekly awards for April 15-21. Leyva, a first baseman from Miami, Fla., was named the KIAC Baseball Player of the Week, and Perdomo, a right-handed pitcher from Miami, Fla., was named the KIAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week.

Perdomo, a junior, was the clear choice for the top pitcher of the week as he threw a no-hitter that was nearly a perfect game April 18 at NCAA Division II Wheeling Jesuit. Perdomo took a perfect game into the seventh inning of his last start before hitting a batter. It still ended up as a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts and no walks.

It is the second week in a row that Perdomo was named the KIAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week. For the year, he is 5-2 with a 1.89 ERA in eight starts. Opponents are hitting .207 off of him in 47.2 innings. Perdomo transferred last year from St. Thomas (Fla.) University, where he spent his freshman year of 2011. Perdomo is the hottest pitcher in the conference as he enters the KIAC Tournament this week at 4-0 with a 0.72 ERA in his last four starts.

Leyva also had a huge week to lead Point Park to a perfect, 8-0 mark on the week. The senior first baseman hit .423 (11 for 26) with two homers, four doubles, four walks and 11 RBIs to earn KIAC Baseball Player of the Week honors for the second time this year.

Leyva transferred to Point Park last year from St. Thomas (Fla.) University. He is hitting .324 with team-highs of five home runs, 14 doubles and 41 RBIs. He was the Pioneers' designated hitter last year, but he has made the switch to first base as a senior. He has a .989 fielding percentage this season.

Point Park is the No. 1 seed in the KIAC Tournament, which is being held April 24-27 at No. 2 seed Indiana Southeast in New Albany, Ind. The winner of the six-team, double-elimination tournament will advance to the NAIA Opening Round, the regional stage of the national tournament.

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