Rowan baseball opens D3 NCAA Tournament Thursday

Matt Leon
May 15, 2018 - 4:35 pm
After winning the NJAC title, Rowan is the top seed in the Division III NCAA Tournament's Mid-Atlantic Regional.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A fantastic season will continue this week for the Rowan University baseball team as the Profs take part in the Division III NCAA Tournament. 

Rowan will open the double-elimination Mid-Atlantic Regional on Thursday in York, Pennsylvania, against Castleton. The Profs are the top seed in the regional.

"It's a tribute to the players, the work that they put in throughout the season and them executing on the field," said Rob Dickson, Rowan head coach. "They've just done, to this point, a fantastic job and need to be able to keep it up this weekend."

Rowan is 33-9 and the champion of the New Jersey Athletic Conference. Dickson said their success on the mound is one big reason why the Profs are still playing.

"Consistently we've pitched throughout the year," he said. "So when you can pitch consistently, you're going to have an opportunity to win every game."

Rowan's pitching staff has amassed a fine 2.72 ERA to this point and three hurlers are tied for the team lead with seven wins (Danny Serreino, 7-2, 1.02 ERA; Andrew DiPiazza, 7-1, 1.52 ERA; and Drew Ryback, 7-1, 3.26 ERA).

Dickson is looking forward to seeing his team compete against the best teams in the country on the big stage of the tournament.

"It's a matter of being able to get over some of those butterflies in your stomach and staying relaxed and getting back to what you've been taught throughout the entire year and what you've done the entire year," he said. "Not try and do too much different just because it's a bigger situation. So I know our guys are excited, I feel like they're prepared. If our best players continue to play at a high level, we're going to be good. If our best pitchers continue to pitch at a high level, we're going to be good. If they falter, we're really going to need some other players to step up for us to continue into a College World Series."

Castleton comes into the tourney at 30-10 and the Spartans are the champions of the North Atlantic Conference.

Rowan's game with Castleton is slated to get underway at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday.

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