Crimson Hawks Look to Lift Sox
Kyle Zaorski wasted no time getting off to a good start in 2014. He took a no-hitter into the fifth inning
for IUP in their opening game of the spring to help the team to a 2-0 win over Millersville. Zaorski struck out nine of the
21 batters he faced. He will look to strike out even more for the BlueSox this summer.
He finished the day with six innings of one-hit, shutout ball to secure the win.
"Kyle has done a complete 180 from the time he arrived at IUP till now," said BlueSox' manager Anthony Rebyanski,
who coached Zaorski at IUP for two years. "His work ethic and persistence to be the best has allowed him to be considered
an ace in IUP's staff. It will be great to work with Kyle again this summer."
The first pitch of the season is less than 85 days away. / Photo by Matt Konieczny
Zaorski threw 20 innings over 12 appearances as a freshman, and more than tripled that number with 64 innings
of work last spring. He went the distance in four of his seven starts.
Last year he finished second on the staff with 58 strikeouts and ranked third with a 3.23 ERA. His best outing
came when he struck out 12 Millersville hitters in a complete game win. He followed that performance a few weeks later with
a complete game shutout of Clarion that earned him PSAC Player of the Week honors.
"Kyle is a guy who just wants to be on the mound and will do whatever it takes to help his team win, " said
Rebyanski. "Whether it's as a starter or as a guy out of the bullpen, he is always up to the challenge."
A native of Reading, in eastern Pennsylvania, Zaorski was All-Berks County in high school.
Much of Zaorski's run support over the past two years has come from first baseman Ryan Uhl, who will be joining
the BlueSox from IUP as well.
"Ryan has become one of the best first basemen that I have seen, and his 6'6" frame plays a big role in that,"
said Rebyanski, who has also coached Uhl over the last two spring seasons. "He is a very athletic kid. He can run well, play
the outfield, and pitch. This will play well into our philosophies this summer."
"He has power to all fields... Our hopes are for him to be a threat in the middle of the lineup."
Now a junior, Uhl played in 42 games and knocked 41 hits for IUP last spring. His .308 average included seven
doubles and four home runs.
In 2012, Uhl finished second on IUP with a .346 batting average and eight home runs. The performance earned
him a spot on the All-Atlantic Region by ABCA/Rawlings first team and the All-PSAC West second team.
He spent some time in the outfield in his first season, but has since been focusing on first base. The 6'6"
right-hander has made a few brief appearances on the mound as well, including picking up the save in the game Zaorski won
on Opening Day this year with a 1-2-3 ninth inning against Millersville.
"Our hopes are for him to be a threat in the middle of the lineup. He has power to all fields and with him
as an option out of the bullpen, he adds to our depth on our pitching staff as well," said Rebyanski.
IUP won the Riverside Classic Tournament by winning three of four games to start the year.
New members of the 2014 BlueSox will be featured each Monday.
BlueSox Looking to Sign Free Agent Interns!
The Butler BlueSox are looking for all-star high school and college students who would be interested in being
an intern for the 2014 baseball season!
Operating our ball club takes knowledge from a variety of majors including sport management, communications,
public relations, broadcast and journalism, and business.
The ballpark is a fun place to work and being a BlueSox intern presents the opportunity to work on real-world
projects and gather experience that you cannot get in the classroom. Interns will need to be available for 20 to 30 hours
each week from mid-May to mid-August.
Anyone interested can email FrontOffice@ButlerBlueSox.net or call 724.256.9994 for more information. Any non-college
applicants looking to volunteer with the team would are welcome as well.
Early applicants will not have to clean out Babe's cage!