Baseball snags local recruits
June 17, 2009
PITTSBURGH – Right-handed pitcher Ryan Loutsenhizer and infielder Tom Birko have committed to Point Park where they will be freshmen on the Pioneers’ baseball team next season. Both players will enroll at Point Park in the fall.
Loutsenhizer, a standout pitcher from Norwin High School, is a 6-4, 225-pound right-hander who possesses a mid-to-upper 80s fastball and a good changeup.
Loutsenhizer who won four games as a senior, led the Knights to the WPIAL section 2-AAAA title this past season. He had a record of 5-3 and an earned-run average of 3.90 on his way to earning WPIAL all-section honors as a junior in 2008.
Birko was a four-year starter for Montour High School baseball team and was the Spartans’ starting shortstop the last two years. In four years, Birko’s career statistics included a batting average of .370 and an on-base percentage of .560. He scored 81 runs, drew 84 walks and stole 35 bases while being used primarily as a leadoff hitter.
The 5-9, 175-pounder has the ability to play at multiple positions around the diamond. Birko played left field as a freshman and sophomore when current Point Park infielder Bryce Pfeuffer was Montour’s shortstop.