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April 22, 2014

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Owens has high hopes at Bellarmine

Jeff grad glad to be close to home

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LOUISVILLE —

AREA BELLARMINE PLAYERS

RYAN PIERCE

• GRADE: Senior.

• POSITION: Infielder.

• HIGH SCHOOL: Jeffersonville.

• THIS YEAR’S STATS: .250 batting average (4-of-16) in 11 games.

• NOTES: Pierce has primarily came off the bench as a pinch hitter this season.

• PIERCE SAYS: “It’s been a good season. We started off a little rough at the beginning of the year. We were getting used to a new coach and a new staff. But we’ve adjusted. Now, we’ve kind of gotten our stuff together. We’re on the same page and playing some good ball. We’ve won a few games and we’re doing a lot better now. It’s been one of my favorite years.”

RYAN DIXON

• GRADE: Junior.

• POSITION: Right-handed pitcher.

• HIGH SCHOOL: Providence.

• THIS YEAR’S STATS: 2-3 record, 3.44 ERA, 17 strikeouts.

• NOTES: Dixon has mainly been a relief pitcher throughout his Knights’ career. But he has started four games this season.

• DIXON SAYS: “I’ve had to throw a lot of innings this season, more than last year and the year before. There is more expected of me this year, being an upperclassmen. [New Bellarmine coach Larry Owens] is more positive. If you make an error, he doesn’t get mad at you. He likes to use the quote that we’re all human and we’re going to make mistakes.”

ANDREW HUNT

• GRADE: Freshman.

• POSITION: Left-handed pitcher.

• HIGH SCHOOL: Providence

• THIS YEAR’S STATS: 0-0 record, 9.00 ERA, five appearances.

• NOTES: Hunt has primarily been used as a relief pitcher this season.

• HUNT SAYS: “I just come in for a couple of innings, helping the guys out. As a freshman, I really didn’t expect much playing time. But I’ve gotten my share. As the season progresses, I think I’ve gotten better. [The college game is] a little more faster. You’ve got to pick it up a little bit. Up here, you’re facing a lot of good talent. Every person can hit and every person can throw.”

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