Hofstra University Pride

04/14/2014, 11:45am EDT
By Hofstra Stats Information Department; Photos By Hofstra Athletics

“I really like our team this year. I believe we have talent at every position and the most depth at every position since I have been here. Having said that, we still need to go out and perform like we are capable of over the course of the 2014 season.” – John Russo, Head Coach

Dalton Rouleau

Dalton Rouleau

After enjoying its finest season to date in 2012, winning a school record 34 games and finishing second in the Colonial Athletic Association, expectations were high in 2013. But season-ending injuries to key players wreaked havoc on the Pride and the team finished with a 26-27 overall record.

Entering 2014, Hofstra will once again be flying under the radar as the team was picked to finish seventh in the preseason poll of CAA coaches. That is a position Head Coach John Russo is comfortable in and with the return of several key players and the addition of some talented newcomers, he feels the Pride could once again be a surprise contender for a CAA title. 
Two injured players from last year, Matt Ford and Dalton Rouleau, provide the Pride with outstanding production in the lineup and also form the top defensive tandem in the CAA at second base and shortstop, respectively. Both players were first team All-CAA selections in 2012 with Ford taking home CAA Defensive Player of the Year accolades. Left fielder Kenny Jackson returns after belting a team-best nine home runs in 2013 and will look to anchor the middle of the Pride’s order again this season. Robbie Cafiero, who saw action in a utility role last season, will now be the everyday catcher and will also provide a steady bat in the middle of the order, while TJ Ehrsam will likely see a bump in playing time in centerfield. Newcomers Ryan Donovan, Eric Ferguson, Eric Peterson and Brad Witkowski should also have a chance to crack the starting lineup and contribute immediately. 
The pitching staff returns weekend starters David D’Errico and Nick Kozlowski , as well as key relievers Brett Schreiber, Cody Normand and Graham Tebbit. Returnees Chris Harkey and Dave Jesch will also look to crack the starting rotation, as will newcomers Alec Eisenberg, Greg Carroll, Matt Weissheier and Brian MacDonald.

Player Spotlight

Second baseman Matt Ford returns to the Hofstra lineup after missing the previous year due to injury. As the 2012 CAA Defensive Player of the Year, Ford batted .384 with two home runs, 48 RBIs, and 50 runs scored en route to ABCA All-East Region and first team All-CAA accolades. His 84 hits are the second-highest single season total in program history. Ford finished 26th in the nation in batting.

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