Ben Faso A Consistent Bat In La Salle's Lineup

Matt Leon
April 18, 2018 - 1:33 pm
La Salle Baseball

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- La Salle University junior first baseman Ben Faso has developed into one of the Philadelphia area's best hitters.

Faso, a right-handed hitter who played his high school ball at Garnet Valley, is batting .357 this season for La Salle. He leads the Explorers with nine doubles, 21 runs scored and 27 runs batted in. He has at least one hit in 28 of La Salle's 33 games heading into a Wednesday battle with Villanova.

"I'm pleased that were playing better as a team," Faso told KYW Newsradio. "When you play better, you're personal success will come. I'm just trying to take it one game at a time and enjoy it. I'm a junior, so just trying to enjoy every game and play hard and try to win as many ball games as we can."

Faso average has jumped up significantly every year he's been in the program. He hit .186 as a freshman, raised that more than 100 points as a sophomore to .290 and now he's up another 67 points as a junior. 

"I'm trusting that I'm a good hitter and having confidence every at-bat," he said. "Regardless of whether the previous at-bat didn't go my way or the game's not going our way. Just trying to have confidence in myself and sticking to my approach."

He led the Explorers with six home runs last season. So far in 2018, he has gone deep twice.

"I like to think I have that power," he said. "But I think my swing is more of a line drive, single swing. Not as much of that big uppercut, power swing. I'm just trying to drive the ball low and in the gaps and work extra base hits. If home runs come, they come. If they don't, I'm happy with whatever."

Faso says he's working hard to become a complete baseball player.

"I want to run the bases well," he said. "I want to move to the outfield and be a good outfielder, I think it makes you more versatile. On top of all that, make sure the offense sticks around. You've always got to be working on all parts of your game."

After hosting Villanova on Wednesday, the Explorers take to the road this weekend for an A-10 series with UMass.

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