Three early storylines to watch as the Philadelphia college baseball season opens

Another college baseball season is upon us, and as often is the case, there are several dozen fascinating storylines to keep an eye on as the season progresses. Here are three we’ll be watching early as the season unfolds: 1. The infusion of young talent at La SalleHead coach David Miller is becoming somewhat of an icon in the Philadelphia amateur baseball landscape. He runs a successful travel baseball club…

February 15, 2019
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Philadelphia Baseball Review 2019 College Preview: Villanova

The Villanova baseball program has struggled over the past few seasons, last posting a winning record back in 2012. The good news though is head coach Kevin Mulvey and his commitment to building a foundation that’ll change the trajectory of the program is unwavering. “Keep putting the work in, good things will happen for us,” Mulvey said. “That’s how I look at it.” The Wildcats open 2019 aiming to improve…

February 15, 2019
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Philadelphia Baseball Review 2019 College Preview: Arcadia

Expectations are high for head coach Bryan Torresani and his Arcadia program entering 2019, but that comes with the territory when you win back-to-back conference championships. “It’s a fun environment for all the guys,” Torresani said. “We have fun out there on the field and it shows. We keep it relaxed.” The Knights finished 31-16 last season, advancing to the NCAA tournament after defeating Hood in a wild Middle Atlantic…

February 14, 2019
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Philadelphia Baseball Review 2019 College Preview: Delaware Valley

John Love is new to the Philadelphia baseball scene and will make his debut as a head coach this season with Delaware Valley University. He’s replacing Bob Altieri who stepped down last summer after leading the program for 19 years. “I’m thrilled to have this opportunity and to take on the challenge of building a strong program,” Love said. “This spot opened up, and I couldn’t be happier.” Love, a…

February 14, 2019
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Philadelphia Baseball Review 2019 College Preview: Saint Joseph's

It’s always tough for a program to lose an ace like right-hander Tim Brennan, but Saint Joseph’s head coach Fritz Hamburg believes his club still has the talent to make some noise in an increasingly competitive Atlantic 10 Conference. Saint Joseph’s finished 21-27 last season and finished 10th in the Atlantic 10 with a 7-15 mark in the conference. The club last reached the postseason in 2016. “We had a…

February 13, 2019
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Philadelphia Baseball Review 2019 College Preview: La Salle

One of the most intriguing storylines in all of college baseball this season will center around the work of La Salle head coach David Miller and his efforts to elevate the Explorers from the throes of baseball purgatory. It’s a tough task, but the second-year head coach is ambitious and comes from a culture of winning as a former player at perennial ACC powerhouse Clemson. If there’s someone that can…

February 12, 2019
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The Philadelphia Baseball Review All-Philadelphia Region NCAA D-I Preseason Team

The local college baseball scene in Philadelphia is packed with talent and there’s quite a few things to look forward to at the top college level this season. Penn is equipped to compete for an Ivy League pennant right now, and Saint Joseph’s is coming off a 21 win season. La Salle and Villanova are both coming off tough campaigns, but there’s an excitement surrounding both programs as they continue…

February 11, 2019
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The Philadelphia Baseball Review All-Philadelphia Region NCAA D-II Preseason Team

West Chester has long been a college baseball powerhouse and that streak will continue again this season as the Rams are already garnering national attention. The program opens the season ranked No. 25 and has five players included in our All-Philadelphia Region NCAA D-II Preseason Team. Catcher: Eric Gilham (SR) | Chestnut Hill – Earned 2018 All-CACC Second Team honors, while posting a .373 (50-for-134)/.480/.433 slash line that produced 24…

February 11, 2019
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Gwynedd Mercy drops season opener to No. 24 Salisbury

Gwynedd Mercy pieced together eight hits but struggled to manufacture runs on Sunday afternoon in a 7-2 loss to No. 24 Salisbury at Sea Gull Baseball Stadium in Salisbury, Md. in the season opener for both programs. Junior right-hander R.J. Boyle pitched well to open the contest for the Griffins, tossing four innings while surrendering one run on two hits. He walked two and struck out one. The Griffins evened…

February 10, 2019
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Philadelphia Baseball Review 2019 College Preview: Gwynedd Mercy

Few Philadelphia-area baseball programs can point to success on the diamond over the past two decades quite like Gwynedd Mercy, and now the Griffins are in a new conference and again favorites for a potential run deep into the postseason. “We’ve got big expectations, especially with the guys we have returning,” said Griffins head coach Paul Murphy. Murphy himself is an icon in the college baseball scene in the Philadelphia…

February 8, 2019
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