2017 SEASON OUTLOOK
The Wesleyan University baseball team is looking to reach the NESCAC Tournament for the fifth consecutive season, and will count on 12 upperclassmen (six seniors, six juniors) to lead the way with a roster that features 17 newcomers.
This year's team will look to fill the void left by four starting position players, including 2016 NESCAC Player of the Year Marco Baratta, as well as Guy Davidson, who finished his career with 183 hits, ranking fourth all-time. Head coach Mark Woodworth, who will begin his 16th season at his alma mater, will return 22 players from last year's team.
The Cardinals will open their season on March 12th against Salem St. in Arizona as part of their annual Spring Break trip. They will play a total of 12 games which will be divided up between games in Arizona and California. The team will return to the northeast on Wednesday, March 29th as they will host Eastern Conn. St. at 4 p.m. Their schedule will feature 11 home contests and 13 road games with six doubleheaders.
MEET THE TEAM
- Senior Will O'Sullivan will return as the leading hitter for Wesleyan, as the second baseman hit .370 with three homeruns and 27 RBIs a year ago. Joining him will be classmate Ellis Schaefer, who joined the 100-hit club last season, and now has 115 for his career.
- Nick Miceli '17, an All-NESCAC selection as both a catcher and pitcher, is one save shy of tying Jed Hoyer '96 and Sam Elias '15 for the most saves in a career (11). The righthander went 6-1 on the mound last season with five saves and 57 strikeouts. He also recorded a .345 batting average while knocking in 25 runs. The West Hartford, Conn. native is 10 hits shy of becoming the 51st Cardinal to notch 100 hits in their career.
- Seniors Ethan Rode and Asher Young will anchor the Wesleyan pitching staff along with Miceli. Rode and Young combined for six wins last season, pitching a combined 71 innings in 23 appearances.
- Matt Jeye enters his junior campaign looking to build off a sophomore season which saw him play in all 35 games while notching 24 RBIs and batting .347. Freshman Andrew Keith will also look to take his game to the next level, as the sophomore played in 34 games with a .355 average and 14 RBIs in his first season as a Cardinal.
- Sophomore Ryan Earle was fantastic in relief in his first year, and the left-handed hitter will also play the field this spring. Juniors AJ Ferrara and Collin Andrews, and sophomore Danny Rose are outfielders competing for time, while Nick Coppola '18 and Nick Valicenti '19 are catchers in the mix. Juniors Stephen Howard and Dylan Millhouse will look to build on their experience on the mound, joining sophomores Pat Clare, Doug Hartshorn, Dan Lombardo, Ben Cherington, Eric Simonelli and transfer Peter DeLalio.
- The veteran Wesleyan squad will be joined by a talented incoming class; Jake Alonzo, Jonny Corning, Alec Olmstead, Jesse Levy-Rubinett, Tanner Fulkerson, Andrew Kauf, Alex Cappitelli, Nolan Webb, Chase Pratt, Jordan Scheufele, Arno Utegg, Jack Ginsberg, Luke Goldstein, Ben Browning and Kevin Walek.
HEAD COACH MARK WOODWORTH:
"This will be an exciting year as we look to continue the great tradition of Wesleyan Baseball. We have an exceptional returning group that has been integral in two NESCAC titles and numerous big games. They will be joined by an outstanding freshman class that will make both an immediate and long-term impact on the program. The leadership and chemistry and work ethic they continue to show is at the core of the program's mission, and will serve us well as we go through the season."