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Ossie Alfonzo picked as catcher for NAIA World Series All-Tournament Team

June 2, 2012

Ossie Alfonzo behind the plate at the NAIA World Series in a game versus Rogers State.


LEWISTON, Idaho -- Point Park University sophomore Ossie Alfonzo was chosen as a catcher on the 2012 Avista-NAIA World Series All-Tournament Team, as announced by the NAIA late Friday night (June 1).

Alfonzo, a native of Hialeah, Fla., hit .529 (9 of 17) with eight RBIs to lead Point Park (53-11) to a fifth-place finish in the 10-team tournament. He is one of two catchers on the All-Tournament team, which includes a total of 16 players.

The NAIA World Series All-Tournament team was selected by the World Series Games Committee, NAIA officials and media covering the tourney. It was announced after Friday's championship game won by Tennessee Wesleyan over Rogers State, 10-6.

Alfonzo is in his first year at Point Park after transferring from Miami Dade College. He was an All-Dade County performer at Goleman High School. He was the cleanup hitter in the Pioneers' lineup.

Alfonzo had one of the top hitting performances at the World Series as his .529 average was third among players with more than one at bat. He had at least two hits in every game, and his 2.0 RBIs per game were second only to World Series MVP Jordan Guida of Tennessee Wesleyan.

Alfonzo caught three of Point Park's four World Series games and was the designated hitter for the other. He did not make an error defensively.

Alfonzo keyed a first-round win over College of Idaho by going 2 for 4 with three RBIs. He was 3 for 5 in the second-round loss to Lee (Tenn.). In a win over USC Beaufort, he was 2 for 4 with three RBIs. Finally, Alfonzo was 2 for 4 with two RBIs in an elimination game versus Rogers State.

For the year, Alfonzo hit .275 with 41 RBIs. He started all but one game with 46 of those coming at catcher and 16 as a DH. He made only two errors all year for a fielding percentage of .990.

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