After compiling a disappointing 15-23 record (4-8 in the NESCAC) last season, baseball hopes to come out swinging in Arizona to start the spring season. The Ephs will seek to replace eight graduated seniors, especially All-NESCAC outfielder Darren Hartwell ’13, with a deep returning roster bolstered by eight talented first-years.
Three captains will anchor the Ephs: Steve Marino ’14, Charlie Baxter ’14 and Matt Kastner ’14. Marino, who spent the summer competing in the Cape Cod League on the Chatham Anglers, is looking forward to the 2014 season.
“The team and the coaches have brought a renewed energy this year in the preseason,” Marino said. “We’re excited to get out to Arizona and prove ourselves. Our goal is, and always has been, to win the NESCAC.”
The team will look to lean on Marino, who started eight games in 2013, finishing with 39.1 innings pitched. The Ephs will also
look to late inning contributions from relief pitcher Baxter, who pitched in 10 innings of relief last season.
“I’m really excited by how the team has looked so far,” Baxter saod. “We have had a great offseason and everyone has showed up since Feb. 15 ready
Kastner will head the infield staff, after finishing last season with 28 hits, 13 RBIs and a .301 batting average. The team’s three other seniors, Marco Hernandez ’14, Tommy Stephens ’14 and Marty Clarke ’14, are all looking
to make large contributions. Hernandez will take time behind the plate as well as serving as a designated hitter for the Ephs, while Stephens will split time between first base and the outfield. Clarke will contribute strong depth to the Ephs’ pitching staff after being out last year with a knee injury.
Phil McGovern ’15, who was named a player to watch in Div. III baseball by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, leads the way for the underclassmen, finishing last season with 32 hits, 19 RBIs and a .352 batting average. Joining him are outfielders David Webster ’15, Kirby Neuner ’15 and Luke Pierce ’15, all of whom will make strong contributions to the Ephs’ season. Kelso Stevens ’15 will contribute significant time at third base for the Ephs, while Eddie Kelly ’15 and Jacob Slater ’15 look to have huge roles in the Ephs’ bullpen. Thomas Murphy ’15 will again be a leader in the Ephs’ pitching staff, after starting eight games and leading the team in innings pitched last season with 44.1.
The sophomore class boasts strong arms and strong defensive play. Returning starter Dan Smith ’16 will be atop the Ephs’ pitching staff, after finishing 2013 with five starts and 23.1 innings pitched. Arnie Capute ’16 will also start games for the Ephs, after starting six games and pitching 27.1 innings, while Alex Beschloss ’16 will look to make contributions in the bullpen. Beau Horan ’16 hopes to continue off of early success from last season in the middle infield, and David Rosas ’16 will return after missing 2013 due to injury.
The Ephs boast a strong recruit class, adding five pitchers to the rotation, three infielders and one outfielder to help bolster an already talented Eph roster.
“While we have lost some key pieces from last season, I think we have a good mix of returning guys and incoming freshman that are going to have opportunities to step into some big roles,” Baxter said.
The men will start their 11-game spring break schedule with a double-header against Hamline in Arizona on Sunday. The team’s first home game will be on April 4 against
Amherst, and the men will then be traveling to Amherst’s home field for a doubleheader on April 5.
“We are all really excited for a new season,” Head Coach Bill Barrale said. “Everyone is excited to play some baseball.”