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Baseball To Open Up 2009 Season In Arizona This Weekend

Head Coach Mark Simeone Springfield, Mass. - March 11, 2009 - The Springfield College baseball team will open up its 2009 campaign as it travels to Arizona for the RussMatt Greater Phoenix Invitational. The Pride's season will kick off with a doubleheader against Roger Williams on Saturday afternoon.

The Pride is scheduled to play eight games in seven days, including a game on Tuesday afternoon against NCAA Tournament runner-up Johns Hopkins.

Springfield, which fell in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament Championship last season, will by led by senior ace and two-time first-team all conference selection Jimmy Lisowski. The southpaw posted a 3.93 ERA last year to go along with a team-best 59 strikeouts in just 52.2 innings of work.

Under the direction of head coach Mark Simeone, the Pride return plenty of depth on the mound this season. SC brings back the majority of its starting rotation as Mike Cole, Ryan White, and Travis Turgeon all return for the Alden Street nine.

Also returning is a pair of staples in the lineup from last year in Jamie Mackie and Luke Gabordi. Mackie was terrific as the squad’s shortstop, playing solid defense all season and batting at a .331 clip. Gabordi spent time behind the plate and as the designated hitter, hitting .349 and recording a team-best 25 RBI.

Looking to contribute in the upcoming year as well are Drew Michael, Ryan Tatreau, Rob Malaspina,and John Schmaltz.

The following is a more detailed account of the Springfield College baseball schedule in the Greater Phoenix area from March 14 to 20:
Sat., March 14 -- 12:30 pm (MST) -- vs. Roger Williams (2) at Westwood High School in Mesa
Sun., March 15 -- 1:00 pm (MST) -- vs. Marian (WI) at Snedigar #4 in Chandler
Mon., March 16 -- 1:30 pm (MST) -- vs. Concordia (WI) at Snedigar #4 in Chandler
Tues., March 17 -- 2:30 pm (MST) -- vs. Johns Hopkins (MD) at Snedigar #1 in Chandler
Wed., March 18 -- 12:00 pm (MST) -- vs. Macalester (MN) at Salt River HS in Scottsdale
Thurs., March 19 -- 2:30 pm (MST) -- vs. Brockport (NY) at Mountain View HS in Mesa
Fri., March 20 -- 12:30 pm (MST) -- vs. Southern Maine at Snedigar #4 in Chandler

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