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Thursday, March 3, 2016

PSUD Baseball Coach Hopeful for Strong Spring Season

DuBOIS – The Penn State DuBois Lions are ready to start the spring baseball season strong, kicking things off with a March 12, away opener at Houghton College in Houghton, New York. They'll take to the diamond for their first home contest against Keuka College at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, at Showers Field in DuBois.

"We've been really working hard," said head coach Tom Calliari. "We have 6:00 a.m. practices, and everyone shows up. The guys are dedicated. I'm excited to get on the field and see what our hard work has produced."

This is the first time Penn State DuBois has fielded a baseball team since the early 90's when the program was cut due to budgetary reasons. A short Fall Ball season in September offered the team an opportunity to test themselves and better prepare for the spring. Calliari remarked of the fall season, "It helped us get a grasp on what our strengths and weaknesses are, and gave us an understanding of what we are working with and what to work on."

So far, it appears that knowing what to work on has paid off. The DuBois lions have spent time in the cage this winter improving their skills with the bat, and building greater skill within an already strong pitching staff. Calliari believes when his team takes the field, they'll be ready.
The Penn State DuBois Baseball Team prepares to take the field before a Fall Ball game in September.

"My expectations are simple. I want to go to the USCAA Small College World Series. That's our goal," Calliari said. "It will be a challenge for us, but we can do this. It's a possibility."

Another priority for the program is to connect with the community, providing family oriented entertainment on a level above the average college baseball experience, but keeping a home-town feel. Calliari explained, "We really want the community to connect with the team, and it can happen. When they come to a game, they can expect to have a minor league atmosphere. We have walk-out music, video boards, and other activities. It can really be compared to a minor league experience."

Local business Scotty's Doughnuts, for example, will host doughnut races for the prize of a dozen doughnuts. Other giveaways and special theme days are planned, as well.

A full schedule and the latest updates on the team is available at http://www.psuduboisathletics.com

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