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 SRU Good News for March 30, 2011 




Rock’s baseball coach reaches 800-win milestone

Slippery Rock University’s Jeff Messer became the 26th NCAA Division II head baseball coach to record his 800th win.

Messer reached the milestone Sunday with his team's 3-1 win over West Liberty University in the first game of a doubleheader at Jack Critchfield Park. He added his 801st career win with a 5-1 victory in the second game of the twinbill.

The leader among all active Pennsylvania collegiate head coaches in career wins and the all-time leader among Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference coaches, Messer improved his career record to 801-455-4.

His win total is the second highest ever recorded by a Pennsylvania coach. James Wilson, former Temple University coach, heads the list with 1,034 wins in 46 seasons.

Messer ranks eighth in career wins among active Division II head coaches and is only three wins away from moving ahead of former UMass-Lowell head coach Jim Stone into 25th on the all-time Division II wins list.

SRU hosts Clarion in a doubleheader at 1 p.m., April 1, at Jack Critchfield Park.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania’s premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.


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