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Four Monroe College Baseball Players Move Up to NCAA

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Four members of Monroe College’s baseball team will head to colleges in Louisiana after this season to play at the NCAA level.

Shortstop John Bueno and pitchers Edvardas Matusevicius and Shaniel Rivera will go to Grambling State University, while first baseman Jose Torre will attend Southeastern Louisiana University.

Bueno hit .310 as a freshman and was a 2011 All-Region All-Star. The native of the Dominican Republic is second on the team with 27 hits and three home runs. He clubbed two of those home runs in a win against Garrett College on April 20.

Matusevicius had a 1.80 ERA last season and struck out 14 batters in 20 innings. This season, he leads the team in innings with 43.1 and has pitched three complete games. He is also second on the team in strikeouts with 58 and struck out 11 or more batters three times this season.

Rivera suffered a season-ending injury earlier this season but pitched the opener against Bronx Community College on March 10. He threw five scoreless innings and struck out four in the Mustangs’ win. He will have three years of eligibility at Grambling State because of the injury.

Torre was Monroe’s Rookie of the Year in 2011 and made the first All-Region team along with Bueno. He finished third on the team in RBI with 15 last season and has eclipsed that number already this year with 18. He also has 13 extra base hits.

“These young men have done a tremendous job as Mustangs both on and off the field.  They've taken the concept of student-athlete seriously,” said Head Coach Luis Melendez. “I wish them the best as they are well-prepared to move on and excel in all their future endeavors.”

This sort of advancement is nothing new for Monroe. Eighteen Mustangs went to the NCAA last season and the Los Angeles Dodgers drafted former Mustang Greg Downing. Monroe has sent players to the Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays and Arizona Diamondbacks.

From a report by Monroe College Athletics/Gary Axelbank

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