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The Criscuolo family, with Athletics Director Jay Moran (far left) and Head Baseball Coach Tim Shea (second from left) at Senior Day for the SCSU baseball team

It’s been a rough year for senior baseball captain Tyler Criscuolo and his family. Both Tyler and his mom endured serious accidents within the past six months, but both have made remarkable recoveries, and they were able to celebrate their progress and their family’s strength at Senior Day for the SCSU baseball team on May 1, 2019. The New Haven Register ran a May 1 story about Tyler, his mom, and their family that chronicles the obstacles they’ve overcome.

“On Senior Day at SCSU, a resilient mother and son celebrate” by Jeff Jacobs

Tyler was also recently named to the 2019 Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-East Region Team, as announced on Tuesday, May 15, 2019. He was previously named to the Northeast 10 Conference First team. Read more about Tyler’s successes in SCSU baseball.

Tyler Criscuolo at bat on Senior Day, May 1, 2019 (Photo credit: Julie Golebiewski)

 

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.

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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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With the extended winter weather this year, it’s hard to believe that the 2013 Major League Baseball season is upon us. Opening Day is scheduled for Sunday, but more important to Connecticut fans, the Red Sox and Yankees square off on Monday – the first of a three-game series.

When you think Yankees vs. Red Sox, what do you think of? New York vs. Boston. The Big Apple vs. Beantown. Manhattan Clam Chowder vs. New England Clam Chowder. Political Science vs. History.

Say what? You don’t get that last comparison?

You see, at Southern, the chairmen of two academic departments – political science and history – are avid baseball fans. Both are distinguished academicians in their respective fields, and when they are not teaching, researching, writing and administrating, they can often be seen following their favorite team. The two have been friends and colleagues for years. Art Paulson, who leads the Political Science Department, is a dyed-in-the-wool Yankees fan. Troy Paddock, who is in charge of the History Department, has been a Red Sox fan since he was 10 years old.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAInterestingly, both agree that it will be challenging for their respective teams to win the American League East this year. Both agree that it will be a very competitive fight for the division title and that Tampa Bay looms as the team to beat.

But that doesn’t stop either from talking about why they think their team will finish higher in the standings than their arch rival. Each has given their 5 top reasons why that will be the case.

Here they are:

Troy Paddock’s 5 Reasons why the Red Sox Will Beat the Yankees in 2013:

  1. Bobby Valentine is not the manager of the Red Sox. He cost the Red Sox at least 5 or 6 games last year by leaving pitchers in too long. John Farrell knows this team from his time as a pitching coach and the players like him. Enjoying coming into work matters, even when you are playing a game.
  2. Injuries. The Red Sox had a tremendous number of injuries last year. Jacoby Ellsbury, Kevin Youkilis, Will Middlebooks, Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester and David Ortiz all spent significant time on the DL (as did others). If the starting lineup remains relatively healthy, they should be in better shape than last year.
  3. The pitching – both starting and relief — looks to be better. Buchholz and John Lackey have both looked healthy in spring training; Lester looks to be returning to the form that made him one of the best left-handed pitchers in baseball a couple of years ago.
  4. This Red Sox team is deeper than past teams. There are several players who can make the trip up from Pawtucket to help this team. Jackie Bradley Jr. has caught everyone’s eye, but Ryan Lavarnway, Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa and Brock Holt have shown they step in as needed, too.
  5. The Yankees look weak. The decision to become fiscally responsible seems to have been ill-timed. With Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira all starting on the DL and CC Sabathia starting to show some signs of wearing down, the Yankees look like they might be in trouble. That’s too bad. Mariano Rivera deserves better in his final season.

Art Paulson’s 5 Reasons why the Yankees Will Beat the Red Sox in 2013:

  1. The Yankees have become the more experienced team. They have Jeter, Granderson, Sabathia, A-Rod, Robinson Cano, Teixeira, Pettitte and Youkilis. The Red Sox have good young talent, but it won’t collectively be as ready as it needs to be.
  2. New York has the better starting pitching. Not by much, but better. Sabathia is stronger than any of the Boston pitchers and Hiroki Kuroda is a pretty solid #2. He may also be better than any Bosox pitcher.
  3. The Yankees have Mariano Rivera and the Red Sox don’t. If Rivera can return to form after last year’s injury, he gives the Yankees a far stronger bullpen than the Red Sox. If for some reason he can’t – and I think he will – then the bullpen will be a close call.
  4. Stronger position-by-position.  If the Yanks can recover from their injuries, we have to give them the edge. Jeter is Jeter, and Cano is the best athlete on either team. Ellsbury is pretty good, but he’s the best the Red Sox have.
  5. The Yankees are the Yankees. The Red Sox are the Red Sox. Enough said.

Play ball!

Check out additional analysis from Art Paulson and Troy Paddock on the 2013 baseball season.