Under the guidance of head coach John D’Auria the Caltech Baseball team will feature a more well rounded squad than in years past.
"In recent years we struggled at times to fit players into their natural positions but with a larger squad this season I am hopeful we will have an easier time plugging players into their positions,” D’Auria said.
Although there are some slots that need to be filled, there are able bodied replacements for the Beavers. The loss of 3B/P Mike Gherini will be a hard person to replace but with the addition of freshman Albie Lavin the holes left by Gherini’s graduation could be replaced quickly.
“Albie is a natural third baseman and he pitches well and he should be able to help us immediately,” D’Auria said.
One of the anchors of the squad will be all-conference performer Eric Schropp. Last season the shortstop earned second-team honors after being among the SCIAC leaders in several offensive categories. Another vital cog for the squad is Rob Rosenberg. The senior returns as the No. 1 pitcher for the Beavers.
“I expect a big year from for Eric. His production should be even more this year with another season of experience under his belt,” D’Auria said. “Rob is going to be a solid contributor on the mound for us week-in and week-out.”
A group of returning juniors should help mold the team chemistry throughout the season. Daniel Sexton and Nick Robertson return along the infield while Brendan Sheehan and David Carrega will roam the outfield grass. Rounding out the student-athletes who are coming back will be a sophomores 2B Blain Matulevich, C/P Brian Penserini, OF/C Jeff Kowalski and OF Scott Yantek.
“This group has amassed plenty of innings together which should help them pull together as a cohesive unit,” D’Auria said.
Once again the SCIAC features a handful of teams that will not only be competitive in the west region but also on a national level as well. Last season both Ponoma-Pitzer and Redlands received a national ranking while Cal Lutheran was regionally ranked.
“As expected the conference is filled with good teams but I like our chances to be competitive in each series. It is a long season and I think we will improve as the season progresses,” D’Auria concluded.