The Daily Express

Owens Baseball Signs Athletes to First-Ever Scholarships

Your Success Starts Here The baseball program is moving from Division III to Division II next season. The change allows the College to offer scholarships to pay for tuition, fees and books for its student-athletes. During the 2001 baseball campaign, the Express recorded 35 victories, most in College's history, and won its second consecutive Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) championship. The team also reached the No. 3 ranking in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

"All Owens athletic teams will now have the opportunity to offer scholarships to high school students in their respective sport," said Michael Rickard, Owens Express Athletic Director. "Moving Owens Express intercollegiate sport teams to the NJCAA Division II level will give the College a better advantage in regards to the recruitment of top scholar athletes from the surrounding area, making our teams even more competitive,"

Besides the baseball program, Owens' men's soccer, women's volleyball and women's softball programs also are moving to Division II for the 2001-2002 season. The College's men's and women's basketball programs already play at the Division II level.

Student-athletes receiving baseball scholarships include the following:

  • Peter Anderson of Mansfield, an Ontario High School graduate. (Pitcher)
  • Adam Bateson of Bloomdale, an Elmwood High School graduate. (Catcher/Outfield)
  • Kacy Christian of Oregon, a Cardinal Stritch High School graduate. (Catcher)
  • Darrell Cowell Jr. of Northwood, a Lake High School graduate. (Pitcher)
  • Timothy Dorsey of Castalia, a Margaretta High School graduate. (Catcher)
  • Ryan Franke of Oregon, a Clay High School graduate. (Pitcher/Outfield)
  • Tom Hodgson of Toledo, a Waite High School graduate. (Second base/Shortstop)
  • Daniel Vincent of Toledo, a Whitmer High School graduate. (Third base/Pitcher)
  • Corey McCloskey of Toledo, a Cardinal Stritch High School graduate. (Outfield)
  • Ryan McKelvey of Erie, Pennsylvania, a McDowell High School graduate. (Outfield)
  • Nick Morris of Lima, a Lima Senior High School graduate. (Shortstop)
  • Michael Nowak of Toledo, a Start High School graduate. (Outfield)
  • Matt Pribonic of Erie, Pennsylvania, a McDowell High School graduate. (Third base)
  • Jeff Rockwell of Toledo, a Start High School graduate. (Pitcher)
  • Jason Runion of Woodville, a Gibsonburg High School graduate. (Pitcher/Infield)
  • David Short of Toledo, a Rogers High School graduate. (Pitcher/Outfield)
  • Michael Valerius of Perrysburg, a St. Francis de Sales High School graduate. (Infield)
  • Clint Bailey of Toledo, a Start High School graduate. (Pitcher/First base/Outfield)

Head Coach Rich Pivoriunas returns for his fourth season at Owens. Coach Pivoriunas reached the 100-win milestone during 2001 season and his overall record for his four year tenure stands at 109-82. His overall conference record is 35-30.

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