RiverHawks sign pair of .300 hitters
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December 17, 2008 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Corey Lozano and John Petika were mainstays in the lineup at Florida International University, where each was a .300 hitter. The two rookies will have the opportunity to fill similar roles with the Rockford RiverHawks.

The RiverHawks announced Wednesday that they have signed Lozano, an infielder, and Petika, an outfielder. In addition, they released pitcher James Cramphin.

Lozano hit .329 with three home runs and 22 RBI in 53 games for the Panthers last season. Lozano, the team’s leadoff hitter, stole 11 bases in 12 tries. Lozano committed just five errors and had a .974 fielding percentage. Lozano appeared at every infield spot but first base and at all three outfield positions.

Petika hit .303 with five home runs and 37 RBI and usually hit in the middle of the order. He did not commit an error in 104 total fielding chances.

“Both players have had outstanding collegiate careers and I’ve had outstanding references from coaches and scouts and I’m hoping they can fill some of the holes we have,” owner and director of baseball operations Dave Ciarrachi said.

Cramphin, who has spent his entire two-year professional career with the RiverHawks, was 3-4 with nine saves and a 6.17 ERA in 34 appearances last season.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 17th season in 2009. The RiverHawks will begin their eighth season at 7:05 p.m. May 21 at Windy City and host the 2009 Frontier League All-Star Game at 7:05 p.m. on July 15. Advertising and season-ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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