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Robert Munoz commits to Point Park baseball, will be a freshman next season

Aug. 21, 2009

PITTSBURGH - Robert Munoz, a catcher/outfielder from Miami, Fla., has committed to Point Park University, announced head baseball coach Loren Torres Friday. Munoz will be a freshman on the Pioneers' baseball team this coming season.

Munoz was a three-year starting catcher and a two-year team captain at South Miami High School, where he graduated in 2009. He also plays outfield.


"Robert is another solid recruit for the 2010 recruiting class," said Torres, a Miami, Fla., native who was hired as the Pioneers' head coach July 9. "He catches and plays outfield. He runs well, has a strong arm, a solid glove  and could also hit for high average.

"Robert played high school baseball in South Florida, which is considered to be one of the most competitive high school baseball areas in the country. He excelled on the field and is ready to make an impact in our program. His work ethic and ability make him a valuable acquisition for our squad."

The 5-foot-8, 175-pound Munoz hit .320 over the last two years, including a .340 average as a junior. A two-year team captain, Munoz helped South Miami win the Greater Miami Athletic Conference Class 6-A championship in 2008. That team made it to the regional quarterfinals of the playoffs.

Munoz is the third recruit to commit to Point Park since Torres was named the coach, and all three have been from South Florida. Robert Novia and Dillon Haire, a pair of high school teammates from North Port, Fla., were signed within the last month.

Torres is a 1992 graduate of Nova High School (Davie, Fla.), where he played baseball for legendary coach Pat McQuaid. Torres, who was inducted into the Nova Hall of Fame in 2001, was a three-time all-region performer at Trinity International-South Florida.

Torres was named the Miami-Dade Coach of the Year in 2001after coaching Northwest Christian Academy to a No. 2 ranking in the state of Florida. His head-coaching experience includes five years as head coach at Judson (Ill.) University from 2003-07.

Point Park, which is located in downtown Pittsburgh, is a member of the NAIA and the American Mideast Conference. The Pioneers have a long tradition of baseball success, which includes 10 appearances in the NAIA World Series and an all-time record of 1,054-578-9 (.645).