Owens Community College men's baseball will open its 2002 home season this weekend with a doubleheader against Mott Community College Saturday, March 23.
The first game begins at 12 p.m. All home games are doubleheaders and played at the Baseball Complex on the Toledo-area Campus. Admission is free. After six games which saw the Express play against teams from North Carolina and Florida during their Spring Trip, they are 2-4 overall and 0-0 in the conference. During fall baseball season, Owens was 12-5 overall and 8-4 in the league.
The Owens baseball program is led by Head Coach Rich Pivoriunas of Maumee. In his previous four seasons as the head baseball coach at Owens, his squads have captured consecutive Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) league championships the past two years and have become one of the toughest teams to beat in the conference. During his tenure, Pivoriunas' record stands at 143-97. His overall conference record is 50-35. His Assistant Coaches are Bob Schultz of Toledo and John LoCascio of Toledo.
The 2001 edition of Owens Express baseball was the most successful in the programıs history. Eleven new baseball records were set as the team won its second consecutive OCCAC championship with a 15-5 mark. The Express had a 34-13 overall record and reached the No. 3 ranking among NJCAA Division III teams.
The Express have five players returning from last year's team, including top relief pitcher Darrell Cowell Jr. of Northwood (Lake High School). In 2001, the sophomore hurler set an Owens record for saves in a season with six. Cowell recorded two victories and was second on the team with a 1.25 earned run average.
Pivoriunas' squad also returns Tim Dorsey of Castalia (Margaretta High School) and Corey McCloskey of Toledo (Cardinal Stritch High School). Dorsey, a sophomore catcher, in 2001 split catching duties with Todd Rinehart who graduated after last season. In 86 at bats, Dorsey recorded 26 hits and was tied for second on the team with 34 RBIs.
McCloskey, a sophomore outfielder, last season ranked No. 13 in the OCCAC with a .366 batting average and set an Owens record for walks in a season with 33. He was third on the team with 39 runs and 14 stolen bases.
Other returning players to the Express roster include sophomores: Tommy Hodgson of Toledo (Waite High School) infield and Jeff Rockwell of Toledo (Start High School) pitcher.
The first-year players are: Jason Runion of Woodville (Gibsonburg High School) freshman pitcher, Michael Valerius of Perrysburg (St. Francis de Sales High School) freshman second base, Michael McKelvey of Erie, Pennsylvania (McDowell High School) freshman outfield, Adam Bateson of Bloomdale (Elmwood High School) freshman outfield, Keith Haney of Holland (Springfield High School) freshman catcher, Pete Anderson of Mansfield (Ontario High School) freshman pitcher, Clint Bailey of Toledo (Start High School) freshman pitcher, Nick Morris of Lima (Lima Senior High School) freshman shortstop, Daniel Vincent of Toledo (Whitmer High School) freshman third base/first base, Kacy Christian of Oregon (Cardinal Stritch High School) sophomore catcher, Nathan Eaton of Toledo (Whitmer High School) freshman catcher, Matt Pribonic of Erie, Pennsylvania (McDowell High School) freshman first base and David Short of Toledo (Rogers High School) freshman pitcher.
Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay campuses, Owens serves more than 36,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and the lowest tuition in Northwest Ohio. Owens offers over 100 career-oriented programs and majors in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelorıs degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.
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