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Tuesday, June 7, 2006
FPU's Pierce drafted by Baltimore

Fresno - Mike Pierce, a junior catcher from Fresno, California, was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the Major League Baseball draft, June 7. Pierce was the eighth player selected in the 28th round.

Pierce, known as defensive catcher, threw out 17 of 34 base runners attempting to steal this season. He struggled at the plate early in the season, but hit six of his seven home runs during the final two weeks of the season.

Pierce worked out for the Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks and Florida Marlins prior to the draft.

There is little doubt about his defensive skills," said FPU baseball coach Oscar Hirschkorn. "His glove-to-glove throw time to second base has been clocked at between 1.80 and 1.85 seconds. That is phenomenal. He has a bright future."

The two-day draft consisted and 50 rounds. A total of 1,502 players were selected.

Pierce is the third FPU athlete taken in a professional sports draft. On January 14, 2005, Orlando Ramirez was selected by the San Jose Earthquakes with the seventh pick in the third round (31st overall) in 2005 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. Eight days later the Rochester Raging Rhinos of the United Soccer League's First Division, selected Gaston Cignetti with the ninth overall pick.

Pierce, who hit a pair of home runs in the Sunbirds 2006 season double-header finale against the Biola University Eagles, is expected to join the Delmarva (Maryland) Shorebirds of the Single-A New York-Penn League.

Pierce is the son of Fresno County Sheriff Richard Pierce and the older brother of FPU Brittany Pierce, a member of FPU's Golden State Athletic Conference champion volleyball team.

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Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. Each year more than 2,000 traditional and adult students attend classes on the 42-acre main campus in southeast Fresno or centers in Visalia and Bakersfield. The university also reaches 12,000 students across the nation and around the world through professional development studies programs. The only four-year Christian university in the Central Valley, FPU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked in the top quarter among Western universities master's category by U.S. News & World Report.

2006 Season at a glance...
Opponent
Score
Record
PATTEN
PATTEN
PATTEN
@ San Francisco State
SAN FRANCISCO ST
SAN FRANCISCO ST
CONCORDIA *
CONCORDIA *
@ Azusa Pacific * L 5-8
@ Azusa Pacific * L 8-14
@ California Baptist *
@ California Baptist *
CSU MONT. BAY L 2-6
@ Pt Loma Nazarene
@ Pt Loma Nazarene
@ The Master's *
@ The Master's *
7-7
@ Vanguard *
@ CSU Monterey Bay
BIOLA *
BIOLA *
BETHANY
BETHANY
@ Westmont * L 3-8
@ Westmont *
@ San Jose State
APU * (R) W 8-6
APU * (R) W 7-6
@ Concordia * L 6-9
@ Concordia * W 5-3
@ Menlo Rain Out
@ Menlo Rain Out
@ Menlo Rain Out
CAL BAPTIST * (C) L 3-9
CAL BAPTIST * (C) L 0-4
@ Vanguard * L 2-3
@ Vanguard * W 12-3
PT LOMA NAZ * (C)
PT LOMA NAZ * (C)
@ The Master's *
THE MASTER'S *
THE MASTER'S *
@ CSU Chico
@ CSU Chico
@ CSU Los Angeles
@ CSU Los Angeles L 0-4
VANGUARD * (C) W 8-5
VANGUARD * (C) L 2-4
WESTMONT * (C) W 12-5
WESTMONT * (C)
@ Biola * L 5-9
@ Biola * L 4-5
BIOLA * L 2-7 17-26, 12-19
BIOLA * W 4-3 18-26, 13-19
* GSAC contest
C = Clovis East High School
R = Reedley College