A combination of veteran experience and an influx of newcomers should prove to be another successful one for Suffolk Baseball during the 2008 campaign, as Head Coach Cary McConnell’s squad looks to make a run at both the Great Northeast Athletic Conference title and a trip to the NCAA Division III Championships once again this spring.
McConnell returns a solid group of veterans from last year’s 23-win squad that saw the Rams advance to the 2007 ECAC Division III New England Championship title game, and that crew is led by senior co-captains Greg DiMarco and Steve Durant, who have been versatile performers during their careers on Beacon Hill. DiMarco paced Suffolk at the plate with a .415 batting average in 36 contests that included a pair of homers and 24 RBI, and on the mound he notched three victories with a 3.23 ERA, averaging nearly one strikeout per inning pitched along the way. Durant was also solid on the mound for the Rams, posting a 5-3 mark with a 4.26 ERA, as he ranked second on the team in wins while fanning 57 in 69-plus innings of work.
Senior Nick Martinho lends additional experience to the Suffolk attack, as he finished second to DiMarco in the team batting race with a .364 batting average that included a team-leading six round trippers and 33 RBI, while junior lefthander Reid Jackson returns as the leading winner on the mound for the Rams in 2007, as he posted a 7-2 mark with a team-best 3.17 ERA that included a pair of complete game efforts and one shutout.
McConnell, who has notched 300 victories entering his 12th campaign at the Suffolk helm, welcomes an influx of newcomers to the program as well this fall, including rookies on the Ram squad and transfers from various schools around the region.
Suffolk begins the 2008 campaign on Friday, March 14th by taking on regional power The College of New Jersey in opening round play of the Russ Matt Invitational in Phoenix, Ariz.