Baseball Player Magazine Top 100 Showcases

04/29/2012, 1:33pm (EDT)
By Brandon Kurz


Billy Schlich (Massapequa H.S.) is one of BPM’s Top 100 Underclassmen.

Every year Baseball Player Magazine selects a list of the “Top 100” baseball players on Long Island. 2012 was no different as Baseball Player Magazine presented it’s “Top 100” list in theSpring Preview which was unveiled on April 27th. What was different about the new issue was it also included a “BPM Top 100 Underclass” section as well as a section for 2012’s most destinguished group, Team BPM.This year Baseball Player Magazine is pleased to announce a game and showcase on August 25th at St. Dominic Athletic Complex designed for the selected 2012 BPM Top 100 Underclassmen as well as hopefuls for 2013’s Top 100.

Each player that was selected for 2012’s Top 100 will be assigned to All-Star teams that will play a FREE game in front of MLB Scouts, NCAA Coaches, USA Baseball NTIS Scouts, and Baseball Player Magazine Photographers and Reporters. Once the games are completed, we move into a showcase format to help coaches get running times, velocities, and projections.Please note that the games are only open to the selected 2012 Top 100 players, however the showcase is designed for both the 2012 Top 100 selectees and 2013 Top 100 hopefuls. The showcase is $200 and will begin promptly at 1230p. Each selected player will receive a FREE College Exposure Video just days after the event that will be promoted on the BPM website as well as through all of BPM’s Social Media networks including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, & WordPress.

Each player is expected to wear their high school team’s uniform or apparel so that BPM can help better promote the player and the high school program to which the player belongs.More details about the August 25th event will be announced on the Baseball Player Magazine Website (www.baseballplayermagazine.com) or on Twitter at BPM_Tweets.To enroll for the Baseball Player Magazine Top 100 All-Star Game & Showcase, please pre-register by clicking here and filling in the form. Please mail a check for $200 to Baseball Player Magazine at 931E Conklin St. Farmingdale, NY 11735. Online registration is coming soon.

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College Financial Literacy

04/23/2012, 3:40pm (EDT)
By Gayle Yodowitz, Photo by James Konatich

Don’t Let Dream University Become Debt University

All American College Planning, Inc.

Website: aacpzone.com

Twitter: bestcollegefit

How many years have you spent dreaming and thinking about you son or daughter going to college? Since they were born? Since they began to play sports and you saw talent and passion? Since they earned their first A+?

 

Okay. Stop dreaming. Back to reality! Have you spent as much time thinking about how you are going to pay for college, or are you crossing your fingers for a full ride athletic or merit scholarship?

 

If you are dreaming scholarship, may your dreams come true! But what if the full price of college is not covered by that scholarship? Then what?

 

If you have been saving for college all along, you are probably in better shape than most parents. If you don’t have any financial concerns, and paying for college is going to be a breeze (scholarship or not)…power to you! Even so, I don’t know one parent who doesn’t want to be financially literate when it comes to paying for college.

 

So much emphasis in college planning process relates to finding a school that is a good fit for the student academically and socially. If you are looking to be a college athlete, that’s another area where a good match is also an important concern.

 

What is often neglected, yet can become a huge burden down the road is the financial fit consideration for the family and student.

 

The information below provides an overview of college financial basics.

 

1. The Cost of Attendance may vary for students due to individual factors such as major, choice of activities, cost of transportation between the school and home, etc. Research how much college will really cost by checking the institution’s website.

 

2. The three general categories of financial aid for undergraduate students are:

  • Grants and Scholarships – also referred to as “gift” aid because it does not have to be repaid. Scholarships may be from private organizations or the college/university. Grants may come from federal and state governments, colleges and/or private organizations.
  • Loans – borrowed by students and parents to help meet college costs. Must be paid back with interest. Offered by federal and state governments, colleges and private lenders. Some of these loans have better borrowing terms than others.
  • Student Employment – This Federal Work Study program offers students a job on or off campus for an hourly wage.

 

3. (EFC): How much a family will be expected to pay. Expected Family Contribution is determined using a need-analysis formula. Federal Methodology (FM) (which uses FAFSA information) is used by federal/state governments and colleges to award federal and state financial aid. Institutional Methodology (IM) (used by many private colleges) uses information from the CSS/PROFILE to determine financial aid monies to be given by the college. Even if the colleges you apply to only use the PROFILE, you will not be able to apply for any federal/state loans and grants without completing the FAFSA.

 

4. Complete the FAFSA application after January 1 of the year the student will be attending college!. You will not be considered for any type of federal financial aid without it. Only use the government website to do this. There is no charge to complete the FAFSA. You need a PIN (personal identification number) before completing the FAFSA. Get it at the same website. Don’t procrastinate. The early bird has a better chance of getting the worm.

 

5. Once accepted to colleges, compare the financial aid packages! While the best case scenario would be to choose the college where the student and parents will graduate with the least amount of debt, the reality is that other factors may come into play that determine which college is the best overall fit for the student.

 

6. If you feel the financial aid package isn’t enough, there is nothing wrong with following up to see if the college can help close the gap. However, don’t expect any reconsideration just because you think the college didn’t offer you enough money. Colleges have limited funds and policies they adhere to when determining aid for students. However, there are appeal strategies. First, you should be prepared to discuss what special circumstances exist and/or information that was not included in the FAFSA/PROFILE that may support your request. Second, you should have specific documentation that supports your request. Finally, call the financial aid office to find out the process (if any) they use to evaluate financial awards. Don’t be afraid to speak to financial aid administrators. They don’t bite; they are there to help YOU!

 

7. Other financing options for those who do not qualify for need-based aid or those who did not receive enough aid through the college’s financial aid package.

  • Unsubsidized Federal Loans: Check with the college financial aid office for more information about these student loans.
  • Federal PLUS Loans: Parents can borrow any amount between the cost of attendance and any aid the child has received.
  • Private Student and Parent Loans: These loans are not need based, but based on credit history and ability to pay.
  • Student Employment: Remember, paying for college is first and foremost the parent and student’s responsibility. If the student is not offered a need-based job (Federal Work Study), a part-time job can help with costs such as school supplies and personal expenses.

8. Borrow wisely! Most students (and parents) do not fully understand all of the ins and outs of college finances. Colleges do a great job of marketing to “sell” their college, but they often fall short in being transparent about the average debt of recent graduates and how expensive your education will really be! They consider it the family’s responsibility, and yet most parents and students see the real cost when the horse is out of the barn.

 

9. Check out the student loan repayment calculator to get a realistic picture of loan repayment costs after graduation. (Even if you don’t graduate, you are still responsible for any school loans.) See the salary you will need to afford your student loan payments and how much you can really afford to borrow in student loans based on your future expected earnings using the debt wizard.

 

10. Know before your go! Students need to manage money responsibly in college. The statistics of credit card debt among college graduates is staggering, along with the beginnings of a poor credit history. Be proactive. Senior year of high school is a great time to begin to develop money management skills. Here are some suggestions.

  • Create a simple budget with the money you have from a part-time job or allowance.
  • Open a checking account to learn how to keep track of where your money goes, how to write checks and use debit and ATM cards.
  • Be careful with the ATM card. It’s convenient and easy, which can lead to overuse.
  • If you have a credit card, use it only for emergencies.
  • Enroll in a personal finance course at your high school or one offered in the community.

The College Ball Game

04/20/2012, 1:55pm (EDT)
By Baseball Player Magazine & Frank Bodner

The Path To College Baseball Goes Through The College Ball Game & Frank Bodner

The world of college baseball recruiting has changed significantly over the years. Only four percent of high school baseball players get to play at the next level (including Division I, II, and III institutions). Yes, 96% of high school players see their last pitch of organized baseball in high school. The college recruiting process is extremely competitive, with many twists and turns. Unfortunately many student athletes embark on that journey alone, although they can get knowledgeable and effective guidance.

The College Ball Game is a customized recruiting program owned and operated by Frank Bodner. It was established in 2007, and since that time has assisted in placing well over 100 student athletes from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Additionally, Bodner has over 13 years of scouting experience with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Frank Bodner’s knowledge, experience and understanding of player evaluation and objective insight provides the student athlete with a realistic approach and plan toward the next level. In addition, his numerous collegiate coaching contacts and networks at the Division I, II and III levels assists in maximizing the student athletes opportunities. Understanding the nuances of the recruiting process and the specific needs of college baseball programs is an integral part of finding the right college. For his ability to analyze and help students improve themselves both academically and athletically, he is frequently referred to as Coach Bodner.

The College Ball Game is academically driven, the program guides student athletes to the college that best fits their academic and athletic profile. To qualify and enroll in the program, students must have at least an 85 average.

 

A brief overview of The College Ball Game:

• Meet with the student athlete one on one and with his parents for a better understanding of their make-up along with goals and aspirations.

• Provide an honest and objective evaluation of the player’s athletic ability and determine at what projected level he can attend and play.

• Offer a college selection process based on matching the players athletic ability, academic standing, educational goals and financial need with appropriate colleges.

• Direct and guide the player into the interaction and communication phase with the college coaches and to assist in determining the college’s needs and potential fits.

• Address timely issues related to the complexities of the recruiting process and understanding NCAA recruiting guidelines.

• Direct and recommend players toward special camps and showcases to maximize exposure.

• Provide unlimited communication via emails and phone throughout the recruiting process until the player has been accepted and committed to a school.

 

The goal of the program is to assist the student athlete in reaching their academic and athletic goals. The program has very high expectations of them, which helps them rise to the challenges and achieve more than they would have on their own. The program stresses that student athletes are ultimately responsible for their own performance in the classroom and on the field. While they are enrolled, the student is required to offer Maximum Effort, Honesty, Excellence, Discipline, Consistency and enjoyment of the process. The program’s participants are always students first and athletes second.

 

One of the most important decisions in a student athlete’s life is where to go to college. The College Ball Game maximizes your chances of choosing the right college. The goal of The College Ball Game is to assist the student athlete in discovering schools and providing options or multiple choices when college decision time comes.

 

Results are not guaranteed, but they are earned. High School student athletes interested in playing at the next level please contact Coach Bodner at 516-404-9602 or email fbodner11@aol.com. Or for more information, please visitwww.battersuplongisland.com.

Wounded Warrior Softball Coming To The Island

04/20/2012, 1:41pm (EDT)
By Joe Bartumioli, Photos by Victoria Wright

They are a softball team like you’ve never seen. Nearly twenty veterans of the post-9/11 era have come together to form WWAST; the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. As their name suggests, everyone on the team was injured in the line of duty and wears prosthesis of some sort. Their mission: “to raise awareness, through exhibition and celebrity softball games, of the sacrifices and resilience of our military, and highlight their ability to rise above any challenge.” And they are coming to Long Island.

This remarkable team, that has been featured on HBO, ESPN, CBS Evening News, and Sports Illustrated, just to name a few, will be playing two games on Eastern Long Island, the first weekend of August 2012.
Hosted by Hampton Collegiate Baseball. A weekend of Inspiration and Celebration will be starting Friday and run thru Sunday. In addition to a Saturday game vs. the HCBL coaches and a Sunday game vs. a celebrity all star team, there will be many events throughout the Hampton area (games will have free admission to all).The team, which survives purely on donations of this kind, was put together only seven months ago by David Van Sleet. Also the team’s head coach, Van Sleet, has worked in prosthetics for the Department of Veterans affairs for over thirty years. His goal through this team “is to show other amputees and the general population, that these athletes through extensive rehabilitation and training are able to express their desires and perform the sport they loved.”
The young team, whose ages range from 21 to 30, has already played in front of crowds of up to 10,000 people. They travel from all over the country with over $2 million worth of prosthetics in tow. They also almost always win, which is a good thing because according to Van Sleet, “it doesn’t matter who we play, the fans always root for us. How could they not? These guys are heroes.”
To learn more about the Wounded Warriors visit, and to stay updated on the events, please visitwww.scrapplet.com/LIEAST. While there click on the sponsorship tab to learn about sponsorship opportunities, or to just put your name on the supporter wall.
For additional information please contact Joe Bart at 631-420-6451631-840-7787 or email wwastli@gmail.com.

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Dan Gallagher Elected Into the ACBA

04/20/2012, 8:28am (EDT)
By Jennifer Jaeger, Photos Provided by Fordham University

This past January, Dan Gallagher, received the highest honor given to a college coach. He was elected into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Dan received a letter from Dave Keilitz, Executive Director of the ACBA, stating he was selected as a 2013 inductee.

“It was the greatest feeling,” said Gallagher. “It’s the best feeling in the world. You’re elected by your peers, and that’s such a great honor in itself.”

Selection to the ABCA Hall of Fame is a recognition for just an exceptional career. More than just counting the number of wins a coach earned, it also recognizes that coach’s emphasis on sportsmanship, ethics and his respect for the integrity of the game. Gallagher joins a small group of northeastern coaches that have been given this honor. Jack Keiser, Joe Russo, Dick Vining and Jack Coffey, who coached for 44 years at Fordham University.

“Dan got me into the game,” Coach Gallagher explained, referring to his son. “When he was a youngster we used to have a catch in the backyard. I had a heavy ball and it hurt his little soft hands. Then he’d throw his glove on the ground. My son didn’t want me to go to the games, but about game 4 or 5 I snuck over the field to find him. I looked everywhere for him. He told me he had the best position, where he wouldn’t get hurt. I looked all over for him; the outfield, the infield then over to the bench. I couldn’t find him anywhere until I looked behind home plate, and there he was catching. It was the greatest feeling seeing him play. Then I started coaching his teams. It was amazing.”

During each step in his coaching career progressed, he and his assistant coaches were in charge winning games on the field as well as shaping the lives of the young men that stood before them. “If it wasn’t for the players, I would have never been elected into the ACBA,” explained Gallagher. “Every player, not only in my program, are dreamers. They all want to play professional ball, but my job was to get them prepared and turn everyone into a team. Everyone comes from different walks of life. I used change the rooming list every game, so all the ball players got to know each other. This helped create teams that really cared about each other. On top of that we had a 97% graduation rate. These kids worked hard on and off the field. So many kids have come back to tell me that the discipline and work habits have shaped them as men. It’s been a home run for me.”

Chris Walker, who played for Coach Gallagher at Fordham University said, “The best information he gave me is to play everyday like it’s your last, because it just might be. This also helps because you never know who is watching you at a game, there could be a scout in the stands that you don’t see. He also told me you shouldn’t change your play to impress scouts, they are there for a reason, which is to see you play, so just play your game and don’t put any unnecessary pressure on yourself.”

Before he took up coaching as a career, Gallagher was a standout baseball player himself. As a young man, he earned a spot in the Brooklyn Dodger organization with the dream of playing in the majors. Unfortunately, injuries sidelined that goal.

Coach Gallagher served as the Head Coach of the Fordham University Rams for twenty-one years (1984-2004), finishing his career with 518 wins, making him the second most successful coach in Fordham’s history. Among the many accomplishments, Gallagher and the Rams took home seven league championships, four ECAC titles and five NCAA berths. In 1998, Gallagher led the Rams to the Atlantic 10 Tournament, winning the Atlantic 10 Championship. In 2004, Gallagher’s final year as Head Coach he lead the Rams back to the A-10 Tournament.

Gallagher influenced many baseball players during his years at Fordham. Many of these ballplayers went on to play professional baseball, including first round draft pick in 1987, Pete Harnisch, who played for 13 seasons with the Orioles. Ray Montgomery, drafted in 1990 went on to play major league baseball with the Houston Astros. Gallagher credits some of his local colleagues with giving him guidance and insight when he needed another perspective.

“I’ve always been lucky to work with such great coaches up here locally. Jack Keiser, Dick Vining and Bob Hirschfield were always great to me. I could always call on them and they would guide me the right way,” said Gallagher.

Baseball has been a constant companion for nearly all of Gallagher’s life. Even today, he volunteers his time helping younger kids learn the game. “I think it’s very important that people in baseball give back to the game, and not just take from it,” he stressed.

Coast Guard Academy Bears Preview

04/19/2012, 11:00am (EDT)
By Coast Guard Athletics, Photos by CGA Sports Information

“We improved dramatically last year both on the mound and defensively and I expect this now veteran group to continue to get better each time we take the field. We basically return a starter at every position and because of that I expect us to be better at everything we do. We should be more disciplined, improve our fielding percentage and do the little things that good baseball teams do to win games.”

– C.C. Grant, Head Coach

Coast Guard looks to pick up where it left off last season as the Bears return all but one  position player that had over 20 at bats and all but one pitcher that threw over 19 innings.

Last year, the Bears tied the single-season school record with 21 wins and earned just the third postseason berth in school history in the ECAC New England Tournament. Coast Guard advanced to the semifinals falling to Anna Maria 2-1 in the semifinals and finished 21-16 overall and 9-9 in the NEWMAC.

Senior Eddie Kalankiewicz, a first team All-conference outfielder is back to lead the Bears this season. Kalankiewicz, the Bears centerfielder, led the team with a .336 batting average and 40 hits to go with his 20 RBI’s and 14 stolen bases. Kalankiewicz will be joined in the outfield by juniors Eric Gerken and Nolan Gallagher. Ed Sella and Nick Peters will also see time in the outfield.

Sophomore Dave Wolinski is back at first base after committing just one error last season. Junior tri-captain Tyler Babkiewich, a first team All-conference selection in 2010, is back at second base after leading the team with 39 runs scored and 15 stolen bases while driving in 23 runs a year ago. Junior Joe Petry, returns at shortstop where he covers a lot of ground, while senior tri-captain Mike Salerno will start at third base. Junior Cameron Carroll will start for the third straight season behind the plate.

Coast Guard returns three of its top four starters from last season giving them a solid a trio for weekends. Derek Petty, who led the team with a 3.43 ERA and 48 strikeouts, Riley Beecher and Nate Toll, who tied for the team lead with five wins give the Bears a solid top of the rotation. Junior Tyler Vieira, second-team All-conference selection last season and a third-team All-New England selection in 2010, is back as the closer. Vieira set both the single-season school record with eight saves and became the programs all-time leader with 10 saves last season.

“A team is only as good as its pitching and defense, I don’t care if you are the ’27 Yankees, if you don’t get quality pitching and make plays, you are not going to win” said Grant.

U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen Preview

04/19/2012, 7:55am (EDT)

By Navy Athletics, Photos courtesy of Navy Sports Information

“He’s our captain and a lot in how he approaches the game is how we, as a team, approach the game. I think one thing that is important is that as a team sometimes you do take on the approach of your leader. Alex is a smart, hard-working, disciplined player and you hope that rubs off on everyone else.”

– Paul Kostacopoulos, Head Coach

The Navy baseball team returned to the top of the Patriot League in 2011 as it captured both the conference’s regular season and tournament titles. Under seventh-year head coach Paul Kostacopoulos, the Midshipmen return several key players from last year’s team as they will look to repeat as league champions for the first time since 1998-99.

Navy returns 19 letterwinners, including All-Patriot League selections Dave Milanes, Greg Dupell and Johnny Schoberl. Milanes and Dupell both started 57 games last season and ranked in the top four in the conference in hits. Milanes led the team with 49 RBIs.

On the mound, the Mids established a program-record 423 strikeouts, which ranked atop the_Patriot League, and their strikeouts per nine innings average of 7.6 ranked 50th in the nation. Navy also led conference in ERA at 4.97. Navy returns two weekend starters from last year’s squad in juniors Ben Nelson and Schoberl.

Junior Joel Rinehart led Navy in appearances (23), ERA (1.81) and saves (6) last season and enters 2012 as one of the top-returning relievers in the Patriot League.

While there may be some uncertainty in the infield, the Mids enter the season with proven and experienced talent in the outfield. Led by the captain, Azor, Navy returns all three of its starters from last season in senior Andrew Hahn (right field) and sophomore Brandon Beans (left field).

Azor led the Patriot League in hits last season with 77 and his discipline at the plate made him the NCAA’s 19th-toughest player to strike out with an average of just one K per every 18.0 at-bats.

Sacred Heart University Pioneers Preview

04/18/2012, 12:46pm (EDT)

By Sacred Heart Athletics, Photos by Stan Godlewski

“We are really excited for another season of Sacred Heart University Baseball. We have a lot of leadership returning from last year’s team, and I’m looking forward to watching them grow from the experiences from last year and come together with the new guys on our roster, who we’re also very excited about.”

-Nick Giaquinto, Head Coach

The Pioneers are in defense of their second NEC Title in program history. On the mound, they return the front end of the rotation in Friday night starter Tory Scribner, a junior who earned both Second-Team All-NEC honors and All-NEC Tournament honors. He won seven games in a row before his start against the Clemson Tigers in the NCAA Regional, tying for the conference lead with nine wins. 

 

Sophomore Nick Leiningen looks to build on his campaign last year, when he was named the NEC Rookie of the Year and also joined Scribner

on the All-NEC Second Team and All NEC Tournament team, going 6-3 with a 4.02 ERA.

 

While the top of SHU’s line-up will have a new look with the graduations of All-NECers Steve Tedesco, JJ Edwards, and MJ Schifano, the middle of the order returns plenty of thunder from last season’s league-leading hitting core (.308 team batting average). First-Team All-NEC first baseman Rob Griffith returns for his senior year after leading the league with 44 RBI and finishing in the top 10 in many other offensive categories, including batting average (.335-9th), Slugging (.488-6th), Runs (41-T-3rd), and hits (70-5th).

 

Senior second baseman Hunter Phillips proved to be one of the NEC’s top situational hitters last season. He led the team with 20 two-out RBI, hitting .397 with runners in scoring position, .355 with two outs, and an astounding .488 leading off an inning. He hit .325 overall and was named to the All-NEC Second team, and only struck out 10 times in 234 plate appearances.

 

Junior shortstop John Murphy will look to pick up where he left off, culminating his season with an NEC Tournament MVP award, going 5-13 with a homeruns, four RBI, and five runs in SHU’s three-game tournament sweep of LIU-Brooklyn and Monmouth. After a tough start, he finished the season and even .300 with 43 RBI, tied for second in the NEC.

Rutgers University Scarlet Knights Preview

04/18/2012, 8:42am (EDT)

By Rutgers Athletics, Photos by Tom Ciszek

“We are very optimistic coming into this season,” said head coach Fred Hill. “We have a lot of experience on our roster especially since we had a lot of injuries last season and some younger players had to step in and play. The team has been working real hard and with the experience they have now, they certainly should be better players.” 

– Fred Hill, Head Coach

Coming off a 20-30 season in 2011, Rutgers looks to make a move upwards both in the  BIG EAST standings and in the national perspective. The team returns its entire starting pitching rotation in addition to experience around the diamond, leading to raised expectations and optimism heading into the 2012 season.

“We are very optimistic coming into this season,” said head coach Fred Hill, who enters his 29th season at the helm of the program with 1,030 career wins. “We have a lot of experience on our roster especially since we had a lot of injuries last season and some younger players had to step in and play. The team has been working real hard and with the experience they have now, they certainly should be better players.”

Tyler Gebler is projected to be the ace Friday starter once again. After setting the school record as the closer with 12 saves in his freshman season, the right-hander moved into the rotation to make 14 starts with five wins in a team-leading 103.1 innings on the mound. Rob Smorol, Ryan Fasano and Rob Corsi round out the rotation.

Three of the four spots in the infield have returning starters, highlighted by the double play combination of sophomores Nick Favatella and Pat Sweeney. The pair both hit .283 last season and stabilize the team up the middle. Junior Bill Hoermann returns to first base after making 39 starts last year. Patrick Kivlehan and Ross Costello will compete for the third base spot.

Marist College Red Foxes Preview

04/18/2012, 8:11am (EDT)

By Marist Athletics, Photos by Marist Athletics

 

“We’ve been progressing at a good rate heading into our opener.”

– Chris Tracz, Head Coach

 

 

Following a 2011 season in which the Marist baseball team won 35 games, but fell a game short of qualifying for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament, the Red Foxes will have a different look entering the 2012 campaign.

 

Marist tied a school record by having four selections in last year’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in outfielder Mike Gallic, outfielder/catcher Ricky Pacione, right-hander Eric Alessio and junior eligible infielder/outfielder Jon Schwind. The Red Foxes also lost several more key contributors to graduation in right-handers Kyle Putnam and Brendan Chapin, left-hander Sean McKeown and catcher Bryce Nugent.

 

Despite the departure of several quality arms, Marist’s strength this year appears to lie on the mound. Left-hander Chad Gallagher, a fifth-year senior, will head the rotation after posting a 15-5 record the last two seasons. Junior right-hander Brett Houseal is in line for an increased role after posting a 2.47 ERA in 40 innings last season.

 

Senior right-hander Jake Rifkin is a durable reliever who has made 65 appearances the last three seasons. The Red Foxes will also benefit from the versatility of junior right-hander Chris Bielak, who had a 3.38 ERA with 26 hits allowed in 32 innings last season.

 

Offensively, three upperclassmen will have a large hand in the Red Foxes’ success this season – senior designated hitter Eric Helmrich, junior first baseman Mike Orefice and junior shortstop Zach Shank.

 

Helmrich, a First Team All-MAAC selection last year, hit .364 with a .449 on-base percentage and .515 slugging percentage last year. Shank and Orefice are both three-year starters who figure to occupy important spots in the Marist order.

 

The Red Foxes are slated to play 53 games this season, starting on Feb. 17 at Campbell. Marist’s home opener will also be its conference opener, a doubleheader against Manhattan on March 24.