|Baseball 2007 Season Preview|
Solid Pitching Staff Looks to Lead Jeffs Back to Postseason
February 23, 2007
The Jeffs also lose leadoff hitter Andrew Green, who boasted a .411 batting average (seventh highest in the NESCAC), .496 on-base percentage (sixth highest in the NESCAC), amazing speed and a knack for scoring runs. Power-hitting first baseman Dave Levinson, a four-year starter, will be missed as well, especially his .342 career batting average, 93 total RBIs, and a remarkable .992 fielding percentage. Relief pitcher and designated hitter Rob Anderson, who recorded five saves last year, was the third tri-captain last season, and his leadership will be missed this year.
Donahue also had a solid year, completing his third straight season with a sub-3.00 ERA (2.91) en route to a 4-2 record. His 46 strikeouts, 17 of which were called, ranked sixth in the NESCAC. Only able to start four games before a sharp line drive ended his season, Edgar hopes to start this season where he left off (3-0 with a 2.17 ERA). Also lined up to get some starts is sophomore Ben Goldfarb, who made seven appearances last year.
Relief pitching, a weakness of last year’s team, is a necessity for this year’s success. Returning with a year of experience, sophomore southpaw Ryan Platzbecker hopes to build off of a 4.02 ERA in six appearances, which included two saves. Classmates Mike Hinckley, Mike Landman, Daren Snyder and Ben Goldfarb also figure to get some innings of work.
Co-captain and three-year starter Mark Mazzone, who hit .283 while knocking in 17 runs last season, returns at second base. Mazzone has set a precedent of playing mistake-free baseball in the field, committing just three errors last season. Joining him in the infield, sophomore third-baseman Brendan Powers returns from a breakout rookie season where he hit .330 and drove in 21 runs. Across the diamond, sophomore Nat Pedley and juniors Nick Boehm and Neal Allar will fight for time at first base. Allar, also a catcher, is the leading returning run producer (26 RBIs). Junior catcher Josh Card is strong defensively and will add pop to the lineup (.318, nine RBIs last season). Sophomore Michael Neff, after missing most of last year with an injury, will add depth to the middle-infield.
Returning to left field, senior co-captain Jared Banner boasts the highest returning batting average (.338), an impressive mark for someone who spent much of last season recovering from a separated shoulder. In right field, sophomore Angus Schaller, who batted .314 last season, returns after starting all but five games. Juniors Tom Scott and Evan Bruno and sophomore John DeCarlo will compete to fill the centerfield vacancy.
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