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Torres signs Robert Novia as first recruit at Point Park

July 31, 2009 

PITTSBURGH - Head baseball coach Loren Torres announced Friday that outfielder Robert Novia has committed to Point Park University, where he will be a freshman on the Pioneers' baseball team beginning in the fall.

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Novia, a native of North Port, Fla., and a graduate of North Port High School, is the first recruit to commit to Point Park since Torres was hired as the Pioneers' head coach on July 9.

"We are excited to have Rob join our team," said Torres, a native of Miami, Fla. "He is a consistent hitter with excellent foot speed, and he will add depth to our already-competitive outfield."

Novia was a three-year starter at North Port, and he led his team to the regional finals as a senior captain. He earned honorable-mention All-Sarasota County honors his senior year after batting .303 and leading his team in RBIs.

As a junior in 2008, he batted .333 and ranked second in the county in RBIs to earn first-team, All-Sarasota County honors.  He is a left-handed batter and thrower.

"Rob is a well-rounded student athlete with a promising future at Point Park University," added Torres, whose previous head-coaching experience on the college level includes five years 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. The overall record for Point Park baseball is 1,054-578-9 (.645).