Dons Baseball Gears Up for Opening Day 

The team will begin their season on Feb. 16. Pictured from top to bottom: TJ Rodgers, Kody Watanabe, Charles-Etienne Pelletier, Logan Azem. Photo courtesy of Chris M. Leung/Dons Athletics

Spring sports are around the corner, and Dons Baseball is preparing to swing and sling at Benedetti Diamond. 

The baseball program will be hosting 32 games this year on the Hilltop, out of the season’s 56 total games. The season will begin with a four-game series against Fairleigh Dickinson University starting on Feb. 16. The Dons will begin West Coast Conference (WCC) play when they face off against the defending conference champions Santa Clara Broncos in a series starting on Mar. 28. 

They will close out conference play with series against the Portland Pilots on May 2-4, the University of San Diego Toreros on May 10-12, and finish the season against the Loyola Marymount Lions on May 16- 17. 

The Dons ended last season with an 8-19 conference and 18-28 overall record under head coach Rob DiToma. The second-year head coach said, “As I look back on and reflect, it is really hard to recruit new players when you are recruiting when you happen to be a new coach.” 

As the team prepares for the season, DiToma forecasted what the baseball team should be like this season. “We have high expectations for ourselves, and that exceeds higher than anyone outside of our team,” he said.“We expect to compete with every player and expect ourselves to be in the WCC Tournament.” 

DiToma highlighted the team’s core principles that build the relationships within the team. “We talk about culture, attitude, and many values that mean a lot to each other. We want to win for each other, partake in daily team activities, and things on team building,” he said.

John Amaral, junior outfielder and communications major, said, “I push my teammates to go as hard as they can which allows them to get the most of each challenge.” He added, “I am looking forward to a high-energy, excited, determined team taking the field every day putting their best foot forward to win each situation at hand.” 

Adam Shew, junior pitcher and civil engineering major, said, “This season I am looking forward to winning a lot of baseball games with the band of brothers our coaching staff was able to bring together this year. In my three years of being here at USF, none of our squads felt nearly as electric as this one.” 

Students can attend home games for free with the use of their One Card.

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