Point Park's KIAC All-Conf. selections led by KIAC Player & Coach of the Year
May 1, 2013 at 3:40 p.m. ET
KIAC Baseball All-Conference First Team & KIAC Player of the Year
3B Jordan Crowell RHP Manny Perdomo RF Don McDuffee LF Rob Novia 2B Tom Birko
KIAC Baseball All-Conference Second Team & KIAC Coach of the Year
CF Tom Pasinski RHP Sean Clark C Ossie Alfonzo SS Chaz Russo Coach Loren Torres
PITTSBURGH -- The KIAC announced its baseball individual awards on Monday (April 28), and Point Park University's 2013 KIAC Baseball All-Conference honorees are led by KIAC Player of the Year Jordan Crowell and KIAC Coach of the Year Loren Torres.
The Pioneers (38-13, 14-6 KIAC), who moved up four spots to No. 21 in Tuesday's NAIA Top 25 Poll, had four players on the KIAC Baseball All-Conference First Team and four players on the Second Team. Point Park won the KIAC Tournament last week, and they also won the KIAC Regular Season championship.
Point Park led the KIAC All-Conference First Team with five selections. The second team was not officially announced on the KIAC website, but like the first team, it was acknowledged last weekend at the KIAC Tournament.
Of the long list of awardess from Point Park, KIAC Player of the Year Jordan Crowell, a sophomore third baseman from Milford, Ohio, and KIAC Coach of the Year Loren Torres, in his fourth year, head the list.
Crowell was named the KIAC Player of the Year with a conference-leading batting average of .437, a figure that ranks second in the NAIA as of April 28. He transferred to Point Park from NAIA Northwestern Ohio this year and has put up a tremendous season after winning the third base job in the third week of the season.
Crowell is hitting .437 with 37 RBIs, a slugging percentage of .526, and an on-base percentage of .518. He has 59 hits, nine doubles and one home run as the No. 3 hitter in the Point Park lineup. Crowell has the highest average on a Point Park team that is third in the NAIA in team hitting at .348.
KIAC Coach of the Year Loren Torres has led the Pioneers to another tremendous season. It is the third year in a row that Torres, a native of Miami, Fla., has been named a conference coach of the year. He earned that distinction the last two seasons in the American Mideast Conference. He has a record of 142-63 in four years at Point Park and is 129-37 (.777) the last three years.
Joining Crowell on the KIAC Baseball All-Conference First Team were rigtht fielder Don McDuffee (Champaign, Ill.), left fielder Rob Novia (North Port, Fla.), second baseman Tom Birko (Kennedy Twp., Pa.) and right-handed pitcher Manny Perdomo (Miami, Fla.)
Named the KIAC Baseball All-Conference Second Team from Point Park were center fielder Tom Pasinski (West Mifflin, Pa.), right-handed pitcher Sean Clark (Titusville, Pa.), catcher Ossie Alfonzo (Miami, Fla.) and shortstop Chaz Russo (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.). Pasinski was named the the KIAC Gold Glove Team in center field and was the only Point Park player to earn that level.
The KIAC Baseball All-Conference First Team included 16 players. There were four outfielders, five infielders, three catchers and four pitchers. Point Park had two outfielders, two infielders and a starting pitcher represented.
Indiana Southeast's Elliott Fuller led four Grenadiers on the first team and edged out Point Park's Manny Perdomo for KIAC Pitcher of the Year. Fuller was 6-2 with a 0.89 ERA on the year.
Manny Perdomo, a junior, is the top pitcher for Point Park with a 2.22 ERA and a record of 6-2. He has three complete games in nine starts and has racked up 52 strikeouts in 56.2 innings. Opponents are hitting .214 off of Perdomo after the completion of the conference tournament. As one of the hottest pitchers in the NAIA, he has been named the KIAC Pitcher of the Week three times in a row and the NAIA Pitcher of the Week once in that stretch.
Don McDuffee is the starting right fielder and lead-off hitter for the Pioneers. He leads the KIAC in total hits and runs scored and is hitting just under .400 at .396 on the season. McDuffee's 74 hits are 10th in the NAIA and are 10 shy of tying the Point Park record for hits in a year. McDuffee, a senior, has 11 doubles, five triples, a homer and 38 RBIs. His .524 slugging percentage is second on the team. It is the first time McDuffee is all-conference.
Rob Novia plays left field for the Pioneers and is second on the team and in the KIAC with a batting average of .402. Novia has eight doubles, 30 RBIs and a team-high 12 sacrifice hits on the year. It is the second year in a row in which the senior was named all-conference first team.
Tom Birko is the Pioneers' second baseman, and he is on the all-conference first team for the second time in a row like Novia. Birko, a junior, is ninth in the KIAC in hitting with a .371 batting average, and he ranks fourth in the league with 40 RBIs. He drove in eight big runs in the KIAC tournament to bump himself up to second on the team. In the field, he has made only three errors in 167 chances for a .982 fielding percentage.
Second-team selection Tom Pasinski gets all-conference honors for the first time in his career with an average of .319 with 38 runs and 33 RBIs. To go along with his KIAC Gold Glove award, the senior center fielder was also named the Point Park Team Defensive MVP for the second year in a row.
Second-team starting pitcher Sean Clark, a senior, is tied for the team lead in wins at 6-4 and has started a team-high 10 games. Clark's ERA is 5.13 in 54.1 innings pitched. In KIAC games, Clark was 3-2, and opponents are hitting .269 off him. For his career, Clark is 21-6 with a 3.76 ERA to rank in the top five in wins in Point Park history.
Second-team shortstop Chaz Russo transferred to Point Park this year from Clearwater Christian (Fla.) and has started all 51 games at shortstop. A junior, he is hitting .364 with with 33 RBIs as the Pioneers' No. 2 hitter. He is third on the team with 46 runs, a mark that is also third in the KIAC. Russo has a team-high 10 stolen bases in 13 attempts.
Ossie Alfonzo, a junior, is on the second team as a catcher. He has only two errors in 238 chances for a fielding percentage of .992 and is also hitting .311 with 24 RBIs. Alfonzo has started 40 of 51 games behind the plate and has earned all-conference honors for the first time. Alfonzo has thrown out over 50 percent of runners trying to steal.
Noticeably absent from the all-conference first and second team was Point Park first baseman Marlon Leyva, a senior from Miami, Fla., who did not make the teams despite leading the KIAC in RBIs with 48, ranking second in runs scored with 49 and ranking second in home runs with six. Leyva is hitting .333 with 14 doubles.