Men’s Baseball Ready to Learn and Improve on a Tough Opening to the Season

Adnan Basic
Staff Reporter

NCAA Baseball

Junior Leo Lunatto in action vs UIC. Photos by RU Athletics.

The men’s baseball team here at Roosevelt University is ready to learn and grow as a collective unit ahead of the spring season next semester.

The Lakers started off their year with a four game series against Michigan school Lawrence Technological University, with the two teams playing each in doubleheaders on consecutive days during the final week of September. Lawrence Tech might have picked up the win in all four contests, but it was far from a blowout series.

The first contest was the closest affair, with extra innings needed to seperate the two schools. The game ended with a walkoff hit from Lawrence Tech. Roosevelt responded by firing out to an early lead in the next game, but lost it soon after, and saw a late comeback fall just short.

The next day started in contrasting fashion, with the Lakers falling behind in the opening innings. They managed to make it a one score game, but came up short once again, losing 6-5. The only contest that wasn’t close was the fourth and final one, with Lawrence Tech flying out the blocks and never looking back.

It might not have been the best start to the season for the Lakers, but there is still plenty of reason to have hope ahead of the spring season.

“One thing that I learned is that our team has a lot of heart,” sophomore finance major Nick Simak said. “No matter what the score was in the last inning we found a way to get guys on base.”

Now, they set their sights on Madonna University ahead of another doubleheader. The Crusaders have been perfect so far this year, picking up wins in consecutive games against the University of Northwestern Ohio. However, Roosevelt knows that if they can play their game, they can come away with a couple of good results.

“Our base running will have to be better to beat a solid defensive team,” Dominic Lentini, a freshman psychology major said. “Before we play them, we need to work on making contact with runners on base to scratch a couple more runs across the board to win those one run games.”

Roosevelt Baseball at RMU

Head Coach Steve Marchi looks on.

Following the pair of games against Madonna, the baseball team will endure a long break ahead of their spring season. That part of the campaign will begin next semester, with Roosevelt playing a three game series with MidAmerica Nazarene University on Feb. 8, with conference play beginning a month later when the Lakers face off against Trinity International University.

This Roosevelt team is quite young, with a good number of players in their first or second year at the collegiate level. They will be the biggest beneficiaries of this time off, as they will be able to better acclimate to their new surroundings. It’s especially difficult for freshman players, who are still making adjustment from high school to college, on and off the field. “One thing I noticed was the different play style,” freshman Connor Graefen said. “Everything happens a lot quicker and the talent is a lot better.”

The team might need to go through some more growing pains, but the Lakers are on course to be poised for a postseason run come next semester. It’s a sentiment the players share as well, as Lentini said, “Ultimately, our goal is make a push to go to Lewiston, Idaho for the the NAIA World Series.”

Number Name Year
00 Parker Coleman Senior
2 Alejandro Caballero Freshman
4 Matt Marrera Junior
5 Jacob Barlev Junior
6 Bryan Fox Freshman
7 Joey Fox Freshman
8 Jarod Galanos Freshman
9 Pierce Albright Senior
10 Chandler Giampietro Freshman
11 Leo Lunatto Junior
12 Matt Kozlak Senior
14 Connor Graefen Freshman
15 Dom Lentini Freshman
16 Brett Thomas Senior
18 Jordan Mikolajewski Junior
19 Chad O’Hehir Junior
20 Frankie Perino Senior
21 Miles Porter Junior
22 Lou Reynolds Junior
23 Matt Garbacz Junior
24 Jordan Coakley Junior
25 Kerry Zeese Freshman
27 Jake Hutchinson Sophomore
28 Rem Stewart Sophomore
29 Noah Mathias Freshman
35 Matt Donahue Sophomore
36 Anthony Nicholas Junior
37 Nick Simak Sophomore
38 Zach Taylor Senior
Name Number of RBI’s
Dom Lentini 3
Matt Marrera 3
Kerry Zeese 3
Zach Taylor 2
Leo Lunatto 2
Matt Kozlak 2
Jake Hutchinson 2
Chandler Giampietro 1
Connor Graefen 1
Frankie Perino 1

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