The East Stroudsburg University baseball program wrapped up its fall practice schedule with its annual picnic and a 12-inning Red and Black game on Sunday at Mitterling Field.
The Warriors’ intrasquad scrimmage ended in a 4-4 tie, highlighted by pitching performances by redshirt junior Andy Noga and sophomores Keith Moyerand Keenan Stare. The offensive standouts were senior shortstop Evan Gallagher, junior catcher Nico Delerme and freshman third baseman Robbie Patete. Neither team committed an error over 12 innings and combined to turn seven double plays.
“This team has great pitching depth and is very strong up the middle defensively, which should allow us to play strong defense in the spring. Pitching and defense were a key for us last year, and with the addition of several incoming players and the return of senior Jason Kelmer, the offense should be much more consistent this season,” said head coach John Kochmansky.
The Warriors, who were 14th in Division II in fielding percentage (.970) and 21st in ERA (3.14), led by All-America left-hander Jeremy Gigliotti, made the second NCAA Tournament appearance in school history last spring. The club finished third in the NCAA Atlantic Regional with a 2-2 record and went 27-20 overall, giving them 85 wins over the last three seasons.
ESU opens the 2012 season in Cary, N.C. on February 11 with three games at Saint Augustine’s. The Warriors will travel to Clearwater, Fla. for their spring trip for the second straight season, highlighted by a night game against the University of Tampa, which has played in 12 straight NCAA regionals and won two national championships since 2000.