Budding Cabrini baseball program already a success

Matt Leon
April 16, 2019 - 4:37 pm
Nick Weisheipl (left) has been the only head coach in the history of the Cabrini baseball program.

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The Division III Cabrini University baseball team is setting the pace in the Atlantic East Conference.

The Cavaliers are 23-7 overall and alone in first with a 9-1 conference mark. This success becomes even more impressive when you consider that this is only the third year that Cabrini, located in Radnor, has fielded a team.

Head coach Nick Weisheipl has built the program from the ground up since being hired in August of 2015, more than a year before the Cavaliers would play their first game. 

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"From day one we've always had a plan," he said. "I think that's a big part of our success is we weren't just throwing things at the wall and hoping that they stuck. From day one my vision was intact and obviously it can adjust a little bit here and there as needed, but we've had a plan from day one on how we were going to do it and the type of people we needed to do it. So year three was certainly within the realm of expectations for being successful at this point."

The Cavaliers are batting .288 as a team and averaging more than eight runs a game. Their pitching staff has a solid ERA of 4.28. But Weisheipl says the heart of the Cavaliers' success goes beyond just statistics.

"We've done a really good job, our entire coaching staff, of recruiting the right type of guys to not only fit our style of play, but (also) the makeup and the character and the integrity that we expect from our players," he said. "That has really jelled and allowed us to have this type of success so quickly."

While the Cavaliers are a young program, they have some veteran players that are leading the way.

"We have a few guys who have been starters since the first year," Weisheipl said. "Shaun Stackhouse, in our first year started in center field for us, now he is our starting left fielder. He's a local player from Council Rock South High School. Joe Aurite has been our starting second baseman from day one, he's from Paul VI High School over in New Jersey. Then Tyler Norris, our starting right fielder - he is one of our two seniors that we have this year - was a transfer from Drew University, came from Wildwood Catholic High School down in South Jersey. Those were a few of the trail blazers that came in and really made an impact right away and are still making an impact now."

The Cavaliers will look to continue their success on Wednesday when they visit Lebanon Valley College.

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