The Profs’ baseball season, like spring, is starting back up again.
Rowan’s men’s baseball team has a great blend of new talent coming in, freshmen will who get their crack on the mound or in the field. On last season’s roster, 13 out of the 50 total players on the team’s roster were freshmen. A good portion of last year’s roster were further along in their Rowan baseball career than skipper Mike Dickson, who this year will begin his third season in the dugout.
The offense could be explosive, too.
A possible repeat of an explosive offense is due to the fact that out of their 42 games last season, they scored seven or more runs on 15 occasions. They were undefeated in those games. In Dickson’s first two seasons as coach, he led the team to the New Jersey Athletic Conference tournament on both occasions.
Perhaps the team could play in some beautiful weather, too, since 15 out of their 32 games this season are in April, the season finale is on April 29th at William Paterson University. Like Rowan did, William Paterson University had a winning record last year, at 21-20.
Once this season’s opening pitch starts, unfortunately Rowan will be without the services of infielder Evan Hughes, who graduated last May. In 41 games last year, Hughes led the team in slugging percentage (which is calculated by dividing a player’s total bases by their amount of at-bats), at .481. Fortunately for the team, they have senior infielder Matt Jolly around. Last season, Jolly hit .344 and had 54 hits.
On the mound, they have junior starting pitcher Sam Nocito, who allowed opposing hitters last season to hit only .177 against him, and he went 2-0.
Six teams finished the season with a winning record in Rowan’s New Jersey Athletic Conference, so the competition is tight.