Cordido, Tullio transfer to Point Park baseball at start of spring semester
Feb. 18, 2010
PITTSBURGH – Point Park University baseball coach Loren Torres announced that transfers Ricky Cordido and Mike Tullio enrolled at Point Park at the start of the spring 2010 semester and will be eligible to play right away.
Cordido, a shortstop from Caracas, Venezuela, and Tullio, a right-handed pitcher from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., are both expected to make an immediate impact for the Pioneers. Point Park starts its baseball season Feb. 28 with the first of 10 games at the Russ Matt Invitational in Davenport, Fla.
Cordido (above) is a 5-10, 175-pound junior who spent the last two seasons at Garrett College, an NJCAA Division I school in McHenry, Md.
Tullio (above) is a 6-3, 235-pound sophomore who spent his first season at Palm Beach Community College, one of the top junior college programs in the country, last season.
“The acquisition of Ricky Cordido solidifies our infield,” said Torres, who is in his first season as Point Park head coach. “Ricky runs well, has the ability to hit for high average and is solid defensively. But most importantly, he has proven success at the college level.”
Cordido started 43 of 44 games at Garrett last year and hit .275 (38 of 138) as the No. 1 or 2 hitter in the lineup. He led the team with 11 doubles, 49 runs, and he also had 19 RBIs. Cordido had a .403 on-base percentage, and he had 17 stolen bases in 21 attempts (95 percent).
Defensively, he earned a gold glove on the NJCAA regional level with a .964 fielding percentage. As a freshman in 2008, he batted .338 (22 of 65) although he missed the first half of the season due to injury.
Cordido graduated from Champagnat High School in Hialeah, Fla, where he moved from his native Caracas as a teenager.
“We are also very excited about the addition of Mike Tullio,” said Torres. “He solidifies our pitching for the upcoming season. Mike is an excellent student, and he also has what it takes to help us on the mound right away. He has collegiate experience in the competitive state of Florida, and this acquisition gets us a step closer to having a successful season this year.”
As a freshman at Palm Beach CC last year, Tullio was used as the team’s primary reliever. In 19.2 innings pitched, he was 2-0 with a 3.66 ERA. He struck out 21 batters and walked five.
Tullio is a 2008 graduate of W.T. Dwyer High School, which is located in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Tullio was a two-time team MVP in high school as a pitcher and first baseman who batted over .400.
During his high school career, he was chosen to play in the Dick Howser All-Star Game, which pits the top players from the North and South of the state of Florida. The game is named for the late Howser, who was well-known for managing the Kansas City Royals to the World Series title in 1985.
Tullio was also named to the Big Schools Honorable Mention team by the Palm Beach Post as s senior in 2008.
Cordido joins current Point Park standout Dave Angle (Pittsburgh/Pine-Richland) as transfer from Garrett, and they were teammates at Garrett in 2008.
Angle transferred to Point Park last year, and he was named the All-AMC first-team designated hitter in his first season with the Pioneers. He led the Pioneers in almost every offensive category including a .367 batting average.
Coach Torres is a native of Miami, Fla., who was hired as head baseball coach last July.
Point Park, an NAIA member located in downtown Pittsburgh, has a long history of success that includes 10 appearances in the NAIA World Series and an all-time record of 1,054-578-9 (.645).