Molloy College Lions

04/15/2014, 8:00pm EDT
By Molloy Stats Information Department; Photos By Cody Snapp

“We are returning solid pitching and the core of our rotation. Once again our rotation will be led by Max Schonfeld and Alex Miden, and anchored by the 2013 East Coast Conference Co-Rookie of the Year Shea Spitzbarth. Having solid pitching going into this year has us excited, in addition to the wealth of young talent at other positions. We’re returning Carlos Guzman and John Galanoudis, who are two of the top position players in the conference. We’re hoping to better our outcome after reaching the ECC Tournament semifinals last year.” – Joe Fucarino, Head Coach

mercy-slideshow_largeLast season, the Molloy College baseball team witnessed success as both a team and individually. The Lions went 24-27 overall and 14-10 in the East Coast Conference, with their campaign concluding in the ECC Postseason Tournament semifinals. The 2014 team will be led by three captains: senior pitcher Alex Miden, senior outfielder Carlos Guzman and junior infielder John Galanoudis. Head Coach Joe Fucarino returns starting pitcher Shea Spitzbarth, who was named the ECC Co-Rookie of the Year last season, after posting a 3-3 record, a 3.36 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 59 innings. The rest of the rotation will be led by Miden (5-5, 2.49 ERA) and senior Max Schonfeld (5-4, 2.14 ERA).

Carlos Guzman posted a .319 batting average last year and recorded 59 hits, 35 runs scored, 11 doubles, three triples and 18 stolen bases. He was named to the NCBWA All-East Region Second Team, All-ECC First Team and NYCBL All-Star Game. John Galanoudis, who was named to the All-ECC Second Team last year, batted .304 with 40 runs batted in and a .395 on-base percentage.
Molloy graduates three All-ECC Second Team selections in catcher Ray McCourt, outfielder Greg Walsh and pitcher Matthew Metz. In addition, Coach Fucarino sees an ABCA  Rawlings Gold Glove winner depart the Lions as shortstop Kris Kelly graduated. Moreover, Kelly was picked to the ABCA All-East Region First Team, while graduated outfielder Robert Inzerillo took home second team accolades.

Player Spotlight

John Galanoudis, INF/OF, Junior. One of team captains this year, was All-ECC 2nd team as sophomore last season; National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for NCAA Division II; a leader on campus; recently released his own original music album on iTunes.
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