Manny Perdomo named NAIA Baeball Pitcher of the Week after no-hitter
April 23, 2013 at 11:15 p.m. ET
Manny Perdomo's no-hitter April 18 earned him NAIA Baseball Pitcher of the Week. Photo by Kevin Taylor
PITTSBURGH – The awards related to his no-hitter and near perfect game April 18 at Wheeling Jesuit keep rolling in for Point Park University junior pitcher Manny Perdomo. The Miami, Fla., native was named on Tuesday the NAIA Baseball National Pitcher of the Week, just one day after being named the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week, both of which were for April 15-21.
Perdomo was named the top pitcher in the nation this week as after he flirted with perfection in a 1-0 win at NCAA Division II Wheeling Jesuit last Thursday. Perdomo took a perfect game into the seventh inning of the game, which was scheduled for seven innings.
Although he hit a batter to start the seventh and break up the perfect-game bid, it still went as a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts, no walks and no errors. This is the second week in a row that Perdomo was named the KIAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week and the first time in his career that he was NAIA National Pitcher of the Week.
In fact, Perdomo is the first Point Park student-athlete in any sport to be named an NAIA National Player of the Week since 1998 and the first in baseball since 1990.
Perdomo was dominant in his no-hitter as there were not even as much as close call in the no-no being broken up. The defense was perfect nonetheless in handling seven groundball outs and four flyouts. Perdomo did most of the work himself, however, with the 10 strikeouts.
He set down the first 18 in a row to start the game before the leadoff man was hit by a pitch to start the seventh. But Perdomo retired the next three in order, including a punchout to end the game.
For the year, Perdomo 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.
Point Park is the No. 1 seed in the KIAC Tournament, which will be held April 24-27 at Indiana Southeast. The Pioneers get a bye in the first round and await their first game April 25 at 10 a.m.