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While Throne batted .500 in a limited role, Pomi hit a solid .413 to lead the first-year squad, Hansen batted .363, while Vachini averaged .400 and received a "feeler" from the Los Angeles Angels. As a pitcher, Piotrkowski had a 2-1 won-lost record and a 2.80 ERA.

In the infancy of SSU athletics, competing in two sports was fairly common, but a few individuals distinguished themselves by participating in three sports, a demanding, iron-man feat even in those days.

Hansen and Vachini, plus six others, had the distinction of becoming the university's first three-sport athletes.

Hansen and Vachini are part of the SSU athletic history task force. At a recent meeting, they fondly remembered the camaraderie of teammates and the pride in representing the university as athletes.

Hansen, currently working in real estate risk management, noted that the trees, initially planted in 1966, are finally all grown and the campus looks complete.

Piotrowski, a practicing attorney at law, recalled the excellent condition of the then-new baseball field — one of the best-groomed in the area.

Vachini, a retired teacher and active outdoor writer, swells with pride when he sees how far the program has evolved and says he is honored to have been a part of teams that "left their footprints in the sand" for future SSU teams.