Posts tagged Mercyhurst baseball

Mercyhurst’s Spano claims Tanner Coach of Year award

   October 23, 2014 1:06 am    0

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…


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Renovations a plus for Mercyhurst’s baseball team

   August 16, 2014 11:56 pm    0

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…


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Altavilla earns another D-II scholar-athlete honor

   August 15, 2014 12:29 am    0

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…


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

   June 17, 2014 12:48 pm    0

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…


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Mercyhurst pitcher Gnacinski wins daily honor in summer league

   June 7, 2014 9:33 am    0

The New York Collegiate Baseball League named Mercyhurst pitcher Joe Gnacinski the Pitcher of the Day for his season-opening performance Monday. Gnacinski, a Cathedral Prep graduate who plays for the Hornell Dodgers, pitched 52⁄3 nnings, giving up one run on five hits while striking out 12 of the 22 batters he faced. He walked only…


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Mercyhurst’s Altavilla picked in 5th round by Mariners

   June 7, 2014 12:58 am    0

Dan Altavilla‘s record-setting season paid off for him Friday. The Mercyhurst junior right-handed starter was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the fifth round (141st overall) of the Major League Baseball draft. Altavilla, the Division II pitcher of the year, is the highest draft pick in program history and is the 15th Mercyhurst player ever to…


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Mercyhurst’s Altavilla in running for D-II pitching honor

   May 31, 2014 11:50 pm    0

Mercyhurst ace Dan Altavilla will find out Monday if his outstanding junior baseball season will include another prestigious honor. The Lakers’ dominant right-hander is one of eight finalists for the inaugural Brett Tomko Award presented by Inside Pitch Magazine. The award — named after former Florida Southern and MLB pitcher Brett Tomko — goes to the most outstanding…


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Mercyhurst’s Altavilla semifinalist for D-II pitcher of year honor

   May 22, 2014 12:33 am    0

Mercyhurst junior right-hander Dan Altavilla was named a semifinalist for the inaugural Brett Tomko Award from Inside Pitch Magazine. The Brett Tomko Award honors the Division II pitcher of the year. The winner of the inaugural Brett Tomko Award will be named Monday, June 2, after the Division II championships. The weeklong tournament runs through Saturday…


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Mercyhurst baseball team awaits possible NCAA tournament bid

   May 7, 2014 2:16 pm    0

The Mercyhurst baseball is awaiting its postseason fate. The Lakers, who lost 7-6 to Millersville in the PSAC semifinals Friday, will find out Sunday if they earn a bid for the NCAA Division II tournament. The selection show will be broadcast on at 10 p.m. Sunday. The Lakers (29-13 overall, 20-8 PSAC West) are…


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Spano earns 450th coaching win with Mercyhurst baseball team

   April 23, 2014 12:59 am    0

Mercyhurst had a convincing doubleheader sweep of IUP at Indiana (Pa.) on Tuesday. In the process, head coach Joe Spano reached a milestone. The Lakers routed the Crimson Hawks 20-7 in the first game, setting a program record for runs in a game since joining the PSAC in 2009. The Lakers won the nightcap 8-2 in a game…


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