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Novia, Loutsenhizer named AMC Baseball Player & Pitcher of the Week, respectively

March 29, 2012

Novia Double 
Rob Novia ripped this key double last week on his way to the AMC Player of the Week. Photo by Evan Schall.


PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University's Rob Novia and Ryan Loutsenhizer have been named the American Mideast Conference Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for their play from March 19-25.

Novia is a junior left fielder from North Port, Fla., and it is the first time that he has been recognized with a weekly honor from the AMC. Novia hit .545 (6 for 11) with two doubles, a homer and four RBIs in four games last week. The 5-8, 180-pounder also added six runs and three walks from his No. 2 position in the Pioneers' batter order.

The left-handed hitting Novia is in his first year as a starter. On the year, he is hitting .323 with four doubles, a home run and 18 RBIs in 25 games. He is second on the team in doubles and RBIs.

Loutsenhizer is a junior pitcher from North Huntingdon, Pa., and Norwin High School. The 6-4, 240-pounder right-hander got the victory in his only outing last week. A three-year starting pitcher, Loutsenhizer went five innings without giving up an earned run in last Friday's 12-2 win over SUNY-Canton. He struck out four, walked one and scatterred six hits to improve to 3-0 on the year. The only run he gave up was unearned.

For the year, opponents are hitting just .221 versus Loutsenhizer, who has good control and lets his defense work for him. He has a 4.24 ERA in 18.0 innings with a total of seven strikeouts and six walks.

Point Park is 24-3 and is ranked No. 9 in the NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll that came out March 27. The Pioneers begin AMC play this Friday and Saturday (March 30-31) with four games vs. Houghton.