CHILLICOTHE, Ohio -- Point Park University had a conference-high six players named to the All-River States Conference Baseball First Team, and Pioneers head coach Loren Torres was named RSC Coach of the Year, to lead Point Park's honorees this year. The All-RSC Baseball Teams were recognized at the RSC Baseball Tournament this week at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio.
Point Park, the No. 1 seed in the tournament and the RSC regular-season champion, had six of the 17 players on the All-RSC First Team. There were also two Pioneers players named to the All-RSC Second Team.
Torres, who guided the Pioneers to a record of 36-19 overall, 26-6 RSC, was named conference Coach of the Year for the sixth time in his 13 years as a college baseball head coach. It was the fifth time he won in his eight years at Point Park.
Point Park had five hitters and three pitchers named all-conference. The Pioneers, who led the conference with a .322 team batting average, had the top five hitters in their batting order all named all-conference first or second team.
The first four hitters in the Point Park order were named All-RSC First Team with center fielder Stefan Mrkonja (.339, 9 HR, 49 RBIs), designated hitter Richard Perez (.372, 3 HR, 29 RBIs), catcher Chris Hernandez (.328, 4 HR, 34 RBIs) and first baseman Emmanuel Lopez (.369, 9 HR, 58 RBIs). Named to the All-RSC Second Team and hitting fifth for the Pioneers was right fielder Edberg Dominguez (.329, 3 HR, 31 RBIs).
Point Park's pitching staff was third in the conference in team ERA, and it was led by a trio of all-conference honorees on the front end. The Pioneers had two of the five pitchers on the All-RSC First Team with senior Nolan Krivijanski (9-3, 2.03 ERA) and junior Addison Domingo (10-4, 3.84 ERA). Earning a spot on the All-RSC Second Team and just missing the first team was sophomore Nicholas Beardsley (5-1, 1.93 ERA).
Point Park's Lopez was in the running for RSC Player of the Year leading the conference in RBIs with 58 in 55 games and finishing fourth in the RSC batting race at .369. He was also tied for second in the conference with nine home runs.
Mrkonja's 65 hits in 55 games were second in the conference only to RSC Player of the Year Tanner Levine of WVU Tech. He tied for fifth in the conference with 49 RBIs and was tied with teammate Lopez for second with nine homers. He was second to Levine in total bases and slugging with 18 doubles, three triples and his nine homers.
Perez led the Pioneers and finished third in the RSC batting race hitting .372 for the year. He was third in the conference with 17 doubles. Hernandez and Dominguez were both among the top 22 hitters in the conference in batting average and RBIs.
Point Park's all-conference pitchers had Addison Domingo (10-4) tied for first and Nolan Krivijanski (9-3) tied for third in the conference in wins. The Pioneers had the top two pitchers in ERA with Beardsley (1.93 ERA) ranking first and Krivijanski (2.03 ERA) second. Domingo ranked 11th at 3.84 ERA. Beardsley was second in the conference in strikeouts per nine innings (9.79), and Domingo was third (9.09).
The All-RSC Baseball Teams were voted on by the nine RSC baseball head coaches. The first team had five starting pitchers, one relief pitcher, two catchers, four infielders, four outfielders, one designated hitter and one utility player. The second team followed the same pattern.
Also named was an All-RSC Gold Glove team with one player at each position chosen as the top defender at their spot. Point Park right fielder Edberg Dominguez earn an RSC Gold Glove with seven outfield assists and a perfect fielding percentage in 87 chances. He started 50 games in the outfield.
The All-RSC Champions of Character Team was named with one player from each team put forth as the one who best exhibits the five character values of the NAIA's Champions of Character program, which are respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship. Representing Point Park on that team was senior pitcher Anthony Garofalo. A three-year starter, he had a record of 10-3 in 104.2 innings pitched for his career.
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