Rochester Institute Of Technology Tigers

“We expect to be in contention for a Liberty League playoff berth and ultimately, would like to win the league title,” said RIT head coach Rob Grow, now entering his 22nd season. “We have gone through a process of building into what we hope will become a perennial power.” – Rob Grow, Head Coach

rit-slideshow_largeHopes are high for the RIT baseball team in 2014, as 19 players return from last year’s squad that contended for a Liberty League playoff berth and showed great improvement as the season progressed.

In contrast to the past few years, RIT is much more a veteran team in 2014, with eight starting position players, four starting pitchers, and four relievers back.
The Tigers return 2013 Rawlings ABCA third team selection, junior first baseman Skip Flanagan, along with senior third baseman and 2012 Rawlings ABCA second team selection Walt Roman. Senior second baseman Ronnie Canestro is a three-year starter, who can also play in the outfield, while sophomore shortstop Taylor Hogan emerged as a valuable defender in his rookie season. Fellow sophomore Zach Zabel, a second baseman, led RIT in batting average last season.
Grow returns veterans C.J. Bolorin, Tyler Ramotar, Brett Kagjanich, and Canestro in the outfield, with Chris Barr, and Will Gorman set to push for time.
Twelve Tigers return on the mound in 2014, including last season’s top four starters, seniors Michael Burns and Tyler Leichtenberger, along with junior Ethan Humbert, and sophomore Brandon Cohall. Last year’s closer, sophomore Seth Noreman, along with classmate Rory Little, and junior Conor Herlihy will look to start as well. Grow will have a deep bullpen, led by southpaws Brian Sheridan and Rich Sammon. In addition, a handful of talented freshmen will vie for time on the mound.
With a strong group of returners, promising newcomers, and unparalleled depth all over the diamond, RIT is poised to make a run towards its first NCAA Tournament Appearance.

Player Spotlight

Skip Flanagan was honored with the 2013 Futures Collegiate Baseball League (MA) Adam Keenan Memorial Sportsmanship and Scholarship Award. Flanagan, a student in RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, is a psychology major. He earned 2013 American Baseball Coaches of America, Rawlings All-New York Region third team and All-Liberty League Honorable Mention accolades. The first baseman enjoyed a breakout season for the Tigers in 2013, setting a pair of RIT single-season records along the way. His 150 at bats and 364 putouts were the most in one season at the university. The sophomore first baseman led the team with 53 hits, third most in one season at RIT, 12 doubles, fourth most in a single season, and 35 RBI’s, sixth best in a season.
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