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Baseball Alumni Reunion Game brings back former baseball players

Oct. 17, 2009

PITTSBURGH - Point Park University hosted a Baseball Alumni Reunion Game Saturday at Greentree SportsPlex, and the event was collaboration between the Athletic Department and the Office of Alumni Relations.

Group shot 1990s

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Forty former Point Park baseball players were on hand for the event, which hosted alumni from the 1970s through 2009. Rainy weather in the Pittsburgh area forced the original plans to be slightly altered, but the former players gathered together for a worthwhile event that included baseball action followed by a dinner reception.

The original plans for the event included a structured Baseball Alumni Game at Point Park's home field, Frank J. Marko Field at Burkett Recreation and Sports Complex in Robinson, Pa. But cold and rainy weather necessitated a change of venue to the Greentree SportsPlex. Although a formal game could not be played in the indoor facility, former players joined current Pioneers' players in participating in baseball-related drills and workouts.

After the baseball portion at Greentree SportsPlex, the event moved to Primetime Sports Bar and Grill, in Robinson Towne Center, where a dinner reception was held.

At the dinner, Point Park Director of Athletics Dan Swalga offered a welcome and introduced the Pioneers' new baseball coach, Loren Torres. A native of Miami, Fla., Torres was hired July 9, and Saturday's gathering marked the first formal event in which he was introduced as Pioneers' coach. Torres is the eighth baseball coach in school history, and his head coaching experience includes five years at Judson (Ill.) University from 2003-07.

"This event served as a great opportunity for our current players to understand the tradition of baseball success at Point Park that was laid by our former players," said Torres. "I am thankful for the support of the baseball alumni as they showed passion and determination to be involved in the new era of baseball at Point Park.

"I want us all to be proud of being a part of this great tradition and to continue to work together to strive for excellence for the Point Park baseball program. We will continue to have this event, and I am certain that it will continue to grow and be a representation of the kind of success that Point Park has had as a program."

Other speakers at the dinner included Dean of Student Affairs Keith Paylo and Manager of Alumni Relations John Pine.

The dinner had approximately 100 guests, which included the baseball alumni and their families, current baseball players and members of the Point Park staff.

Saturday's events offered an opportunity to reminisce about Point Park's long tradition of baseball success. The Pioneers have made 10 appearances in the NAIA World Series, and they own an all-time record of 1,054-578-9 (.645).  Several former players have gone on to have success in baseball after leaving Point Park. That includes dozens of alumni who have been drafted by Major League Baseball teams.

Torres and the Point Park baseball team are in the midst of their fall workouts, and they open the 2010 season Feb. 28 for a 10-game stint at the Russ Matt Invitational in Winter Haven, Fla.

Pictured above, a group of players from the late 1990s posed for a group photo Saturday at Greentree SportsPlex during the Baseball Alumni Reunion Game. For a full photo gallery, click the link in the middle of this page. Photos by Murphy Moschetta.