Brotherhood is the "reason for the season" in 2012 for the Brandywine Lions. After falling short of a trip to the USCAA College World Series by one run for the second consecutive year, it's time for something to give. "This is the closest knit group of ballplayers I have been around my entire life; both as a player and a coach. I think we are ready to go," said Coach Cal.
If Brandywine were ever to make a ripple in the USCAA, 2012 is the year, playing 6 of the top ten teams in the national rankings over the course of the season, as well as a strong NCAA schedule. The Lions are looking to rebuild in 2012, with 12 new faces on the squad, all bringing some serious talent to the diamond. A new pitching staff with only three familiar faces: (Herman, Trotta and V. Gallo) look to stand firm at the top of the conference in most pitching categories. Chipping in on the bump this season will be: Joe Samohod (ESU), Rejean Daily (Cerritos, CA), George Nikonenko (Nuremburg) and J.M. Schork (Marple Newtown).
Brandywine features three generals behind the dish in 2012. Senior DJ Gallo finally has his shot to be the leader he was born to be, and will do great things under the spot light. His complementary pieces are two very seasoned rookies, both of which have experience going deep into the PIAA state playoffs during their careers. Jimmy Quinn (Garnet Valley) and Carmen Scota (Marple Newtown) have shown tremendous ability thus far and will serve nicely during the long stretch this season.
The outfield returns two starters, the most valuable utility player in the conference, and one JUCO transfer, making the fence line secure for 2012. Three time all PSUAC player Bobby Harper, First team member Jordan Mayer and Ryan "Hobbs" Howe welcome Matt DeBarberie into the fold from DCCC to sure up one of the finest outfield tandems in the conference for sure. This athletic group will allow for some aggressive looks and several opportunities to strategically position the OF based on scouting reports. Also contributing in the outfield will be: Tre Herman, George Nikonenko and Mario DioGuardi.
Up the middle, the spark plug of the Brandywine Lions is plugged in and ready to go. Travis Crammer and Anthony Kyne will dazzle with inspired play. Cornermen Matthew "Pops" Vrabel and Gabe Encarnacion look to sure up a solid group and keep Brandywine on the winning path. Howe and Freshman Jim Murphy will look to help out as well. When all is said and done Penn State Brandywine is determined to make the trip to Springfield, Illinois.