2012 Season Preview
D’Youville baseball made great strides in 2011 and the program aims to continue moving forward in 2012 under second-year coach Leo Dandes.
"We have a good mix of core veterans who have established themselves as successful players within our conference and a talented class of newcomers who increase our athleticism and give us more options in the line-up and on the mound. The entire group has worked hard and iscommitted to making this a very successful season."
D’Youville returns 10 players from the 2011 squad that recorded a (.281) batting average, the program’s highest since the 2002 season.
First baseman Brent Gibbs (Wayland, NY/Wayland-Cohocton) looks to pick up where his 2011 ended. Gibbs was the team leader in batting average (.421), RBI (24), and extra-base hits (11) in 2011 and was a Third-team all-cnference selection.
"Brent is one of the premier hitters in our conference. He is committed to leading this program and building on his breakout sophomore season," says Dandes.
Two seniors the Spartans will rely on heavily in 2012 are Jordan Vokes (Caledonia, NY/Caledonia-Mumford) and Steve Gladysz (Amherst, NY/Canisius).
"Jordan is as steady as they come. He is a three year starter and has worked hard to continue to improve every aspect of his game. Said Dandes of his starting second baseman on pace to break the program’s all-time hit record.
“On Gladysz, who hit .351 last season, the D’Youville manager says, "Steve was a very pleasant surprise last year as he joined the program in the second semester and quickly established himself as one of our top players.”
Infielder Chris Glowacki (North Tonawanda, NY/Niagara Catholic) batted .317 last season and was a mainstay in the starting lineup and catcher Bob Mohring (Depew, NY/St. Mary’s) continues to improve on all aspects of the game.
Field players returning to give the Spartans depth and experience are Matt Veronica (Tonawanda, NY/Kenmore East) and Jackson Herlan (Buffalo, NY/City Honors), along with pitchers Alex Pragle (Wayland, NY/Wayland-Cohocton), DJ Zanghi (Canandaigua, NY Canandaigua Academy), and Mike Anderson (Caledonia, NY/Caledonia-Mumford).
Dandes highlighted a pair of first-year players that will make D’Youville better: Kyle Taylor (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) and Jeff Spors (Kenmore, NY/Kenmore East)
"Kyle is a very a very athletic freshman who has positioned himself to be an everyday starter in the outfield, says Dandes, "and Jeff will be a weekend starter for us and a utility infielder whose bat will consistently find its way into the lineup."
D’Youville begins the season March 3 in a non-conference doubleheader at SUNY Maritime.