Chicago, Ill. – Roosevelt University Head Baseball Coach Steve Marchi announced on Wednesday the signing of Concordia (Ill.) transfer Ryan Pacyga, adding a power bat that has been battle tested at the collegiate level to his 2012-13 lineup card.
Pacyga, who will have two years of athletic eligibility remaining, comes to Roosevelt after stints at John Carroll University and Concordia (Ill.) where he combined to hit 13 home runs and total 94 RBI in 82 total games. The 13 home runs Pacyga hit was one less than the entire Roosevelt roster has slugged in the last two seasons.
"We are excited to get Ryan into our program," said Marchi. "He should be able to replace some of the pop we've lost in our order through graduation. Ryan's proven he can hit with power at the college level. His classroom performance is just as impressive and he will be a fine addition to the hallways of Roosevelt."
At John Carroll in 2010, Pacyga hit a robust .388 with 12 doubles, eight home runs and 50 RBI in 40 games. He boasted a staggering 1.11 OPS and took home All-Ohio Athletic Conference accolades after his rookie campaign. Pacyga transferred to Concordia (Ill.) in 2011 and went on to bat .303 with five home runs and 44 RBI for the Cougars. He did not play baseball last season.
"I look forward to having the opportunity to play with a great ball club and staff, and also capturing the first conference title in school history," said Pacyga. "The thing that has me most excited about coming to Roosevelt has to be the fact that as a team we have a huge opportunity to create our own legacy and set the standard for teams in the future. It is my goal to help set the bar as high as possible."
Pacyga was a decorated high school student-athlete at Nazareth Academy, earning All-State honors in 2009 as a senior, while also taking home All-East Suburban Catholic Conference accolades after finishing his career as the school's all-time home run leader.
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