Monthly Archives: May 2019

Head baseball coach Tim Shea in action (Photo credit: Julie Golebiewski)

Southern Connecticut State University head baseball coach Tim Shea broke the program record for career wins with the 467th of his career, passing Joe Bandiera’s record of 466, as the Owls topped the College of Saint Rose, 3-1. With the win, the Owls pick up a crucial win in Northeast 10 Conference Southwest Division play to improve to 8-9 in the divisional standings and 19-25 overall.

Shea’s 467 career wins have come over the course of 17 seasons as the Owls’ head coach beginning in 2001 after serving as Bandiera’s top assistant for the previous 11 seasons. Shea has averaged 27 wins per season across his career and has led Southern to six NCAA Tournament appearances (2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2017) as well as a pair of NCAA College World Series berths (2005, 2011). He also has nine 30-win campaigns under his belt including a program-record 45 wins in 2011 that saw the Owls win the NE10 Regular-Season Championship, the NCAA Regional and finish the year as NCAA National Championship Semifinalists.

Tim Shea

Ronnie Rossomando (Stratford, Conn.) pitched a gem for the Owls, holding Saint Rose to a single run on seven hits while striking out seven over eight innings. Rossomando gave up a run on a pair of hits in the first inning before holding the Golden Knights scoreless over the next seven frames. A day after committing four errors in a 5-4 win at New Haven, the Owls defense spun two double plays to end the 3rd and 5th innings while Rossomando retired nine-straight batters from the end of the 5th through the top of the 8th.

At the plate, John Spoto (Stamford, Conn.) put the Owls on the board with a two-run double in the bottom of the 5th inning while Jim Palmer (Milford, Conn.) also drove in a run. Nick Lamberti (East Haven, Conn.) was 2-for-3 with a walk.

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President Joe Bertolino and Otus with Housatonic Community College students and their school's mascot

A growing partnership between Southern and two area community colleges was formally announced recently at both Gateway (GCC) and Housatonic (HCC) community colleges. The partnership — called SCSU @ GCC and SCSU @ HCC — was created to support higher levels of degree attainment by increasing support for transfer students, removing the barriers of location, and reducing the financial impact for students while continuing their associate degree program requirements.

Students at those community colleges have been engaged in a pilot program in which they can take two Southern courses on their own campus for free. President Joe Bertolino and Paul Broadie II, president of Gateway and Housatonic, announced that the program will continue this fall with the intent to expand upon it in the future. The courses will be transferable to Southern and other colleges and universities.

The partnership also includes an “A to B” (Associate to Bachelor’s degree) program, in which students who are not accepted into Southern initially can receive support to make it easier to do so after earning an associate degree at Housatonic or Gateway.

Learn more about SCSU @ GCC

Learn more about SCSU @ HCC

The Connecticut Post and New Haven Independent ran stories on the program. Channel 8 also aired a piece in advance of the announcement.

The following are links to the stories:

Southern to lay groundwork for four-year degree at Housatonic and Gateway

Higher Ed Collab Brings Free SCSU Courses To GCC

SCSU, Housatonic Community College expand partnership