Behrend’s Bohman, Finnegan named in Players to Watch List

   January 8, 2015 12:26 am

Penn State Behrend’s Brian Bohman and Ryan Finnegan were named to Collegiate Baseball Magazine’s 2015 NCAA Division III Players to Watch List. Bohman, a sophomore catcher and McDowell graduate, and Finnegan, a junior third basemen, are two of 25 Lions to have been recognized by Collegiate Baseball Magazine for the honor since 2009. Bohman was…

Mercyhurst’s Spano claims Tanner Coach of Year award

   October 23, 2014 1:06 am

Longtime Mercyhurst baseball coach Joe Spano was named this year’s recipient of the Chuck Tanner College Coach of the Year Award as announced by the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh. Spano will be given the eighth annual award at the Chuck Tanner Awards Banquet on Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Pittsburgh Rivers Club. Spano is the…

Renovations a plus for Mercyhurst’s baseball team

   August 16, 2014 11:56 pm

Mercyhurst’s baseball team will be treated to some new amenities this fall. Contractors are finishing a new batting facility — a 32-by-100-f00t structure — for the Lakers’ baseball team. The facility, between Tullio Field and the baseball field, is a two-story pole barn that includes a locker room, a bathroom and a meeting/storage room overlooking…

Altavilla earns another D-II scholar-athlete honor

   August 15, 2014 12:29 am

Dan Altavilla has earned another honor to add to his illustrious baseball career at Mercyhurst. Altavilla, who now pitches for the Class A Everett (Wash.) AquaSox in the Seattle Mariners’ organization, was named one of 16 regional winners of the NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. A male and female…

McDowell grad Borsa excels in Florida summer college baseball league

   August 9, 2014 8:47 am

McDowell graduate Zack Borsa took his talents to the South Florida Collegiate Baseball League — for the summer — following his freshman season at 
Parkland College in Champaign, Ill. Borsa joined the Palm Beach Blazers in an effort to stay sharp on the mound, and he’s done that. In five starts, the 6-foot 190-pound left-hander…

Cathedral Prep grad Danielczyk earns ACC academic honors

Jon Danielczyk

   July 17, 2014 11:49 am

Recent Pitt graduate Jon Danielczyk became the Panthers baseball team’s first-ever selection to the all-ACC Academic Baseball Team. Danielczyk, a Cathedral Prep graduate, earned a dual-major degree in marketing and legal studies and finished with a cumulative 3.21 GPA. He plans to attend graduate school. Before Pitt joined the ACC, Danielczyk was a Big East…

Behrend, Allegheny to add 6 each to Hall of Fame

   June 28, 2014 10:57 pm

Penn State Behrend and Allegheny College will add six inductees each into their respective Athletics Hall of Fame this fall. James Curren (2004 graduate, basketball), Jason Karas (2002, baseball), Jessica Knapp (2004, cross country/track), Julie Leininger (2000, tennis), Keith Lepionka (2003, baseball) and honorary member Bob Light will be 
inducted into the Behrend Hall on…

Former area college standouts Cressley, Altavilla could face off in minors

   June 17, 2014 12:48 pm

Some day soon, a pair of area pitching standouts might be facing each other in the minor leagues. After being drafted earlier this month, Corry graduate and former Pitt-Bradford pitching standout Aaron Cressley and former Mercyhurst University pitching star Dan Altavilla ended up in the Class A Northwest League. Cressley, who was drafted in the…

McDowell grad Bohman lands ECAC baseball honor

Brian Bohman

   June 13, 2014 2:12 pm

McDowell graduate Brian Bohman received another honor after a strong freshman season with the Penn State Behrend baseball team. Bohman, a catcher, was the named as an ECAC Division III South first-team all-star. He was the only Behrend player selected. Earlier, he was named to the all-AMCC first team after hitting .362 with 51 hits during the season. He also…

Jordano nears 500 wins with Pitt baseball

   June 12, 2014 1:21 am

Current Pitt baseball coach and former Mercyhurst baseball coach Joe Jordano recently wrapped up his 17th season as head coach of the Panthers. In 2015, Jordano likely will reach a milestone victory (No. 500) at Pitt. The Panthers finished 22-30 overall and were 11-19 in their first season in the ACC. Jordano’s career record at…