Buffalo, NY - With a new skipper and a veteran roster, the 2019 D'Youville baseball team is looking to make waves in the conference for the 2019 season and beyond.
D'Youville is led by first year head coach Kyle McLain, assistant coach Kris Kruszka, and former player turned graduate assistant Travis Macrides, the team is turning the page into a new chapter of D'Youville baseball. With a roster made up of five seniors, four juniors, five sophomores, and three freshmen - there are opportunities for playing time and experience to be gained.
The team is returning leadoff hitter in senior outfielder/pitcher Dylan Haak (Depew, NY/Depew). Haak finished second in hits (37) and batting average (.343), was tied for second in doubles (7), home runs (2), and triples (2). He finished third in RBI (14) and runs scored (19) plus recorded 12-game hitting streak to start season. As a pitcher, he pitched in five games, starting one, recorded one save, and one complete game in 17.2 innings pitched.Haak will resume his role as the team's leadoff hitter and a key piece of the team's lineup.
Newcomer and senior outfield Connor Truitt (Rochester, NY/Early College) will play a large role at the heart of the Spartan's lineup. His glove and bat will be welcomed additions to the team. Shortstop Justin Varney (Henrietta, NY/Rush-Henrietta) is one of the team's top players as a sophomore as he finished fourth in hits (24) and runs scored (15) as a freshman in 2018.
Juniors Adam Lampman (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) and Bryce Little (Arcade, NY/Pioneer) will lead the pitching staff this season as the top arms in the rotations for D'Youville. Lampman led the team in appearances (11) and tied for first in wins (1), second in innings pitched (31.2), and third in strikeouts (12). Little pitched in 12.1 innings last year, but his innings will jump dramatically from there. He also tied for first in wins (1) on the team.
Several other veteran players will play key roles for the men in the upcoming season. Senior Matt Critelli (Camden, NY/Camden) will be asked to pitch more this season but his arm and his bat can be crucial pieces to the team. Junior Brendan Burke (Collegeville, PA/Spring-Ford) will again man the hot corner and be asked to produce at the plate. Senior Khaled Numan-Ali (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) brings speed and an outstanding glove in the outfield.
Senior Devon Kelly (Rochester, NY/Olympia) is another baserunning threat with a solid glove at second. Junior infielder Matt Guenther (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) had a strong ending to his sophomore season and provides consistency in the field.
Sophomore Nick Jank (Orchard Park, NY/Canisius) will contribute heavily this season on the mound while fellow sophomore Renato Quinones (Lockport, NY/Saint Joe's) is primed for a breakout second season. In addition, sophomores Kevin Sanders (Buffalo, NY/City Honors) and Logan Lipowski (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville East) will have opportunities to earn playing time in 2019.
As for the freshmen, Shane Critelli (Camden, NY/Camden) will bring a big presence to the Spartan's lineup while Alex Liem (Dorchester, Ont./Dorchester Secondary) will see time behind the plate and is expected to be a big part of the team's defense and lineup. Pitcher Derek Mosher (Henrietta, NY/Rush-Henrietta) will be counted on for big innings as a freshman and will be a large part of the team's rotation.
The Spartans finished 4-24 last season and a 1-17 record in conference. In this year's Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) preseason poll, the Spartans were pegged to finish 10th in the conference this season. However, D'Youville is hungry to prove the entire conference wrong.
D'Youville will open their season this Tuesday, March 12 as they play at Houghton at 3/5:30pm. The men will then travel to Florida for spring training in Auburndale, FL. they will begin their Florida trip this Friday, March 15 as they play a doubleheader against Becker at 9/11:00am.