GLASSBORO, NJ - The Rowan baseball schedule is set for the 2022 season as the Profs look to build on the success from last year when they reached the Division III College World Series and won the NJAC Championship. Rowan heads into the year ranked 16th in the nation in Collegiate Baseball’s Division III Preseason Poll.
The Profs will open the season on March 1 at Swarthmore and head to Virginia Wesleyan for a weekend series on March 5-6 before heading to their spring training trip at the Russ Matt Invitational in Florida.
The schedule at the Russ Matt Invitational from March 10-20 includes six teams that have earned spots in the preseason national rankings - #14 Northwestern-St. Paul (March 10); #12 Southern Maine (March 12); #36 St. John Fisher (March 13); #27 Oswego State (March 14); #29 Wheaton (March 15); and Endicott (March 20), which received votes.
Rowan returns north with a March 21 date at Haverford before opening the home schedule on Tuesday, March 22 against #22 York (PA). Road games at Messiah (March 26) and Cabrini (April 1), and a home game with #35 Penn State-Harrisburg (March 30), lead the Profs into the start of the conference season, with the NJAC opener set for April 2 with a home doubleheader against William Paterson.
The team’s NJAC schedule consists of single games with NJCU (April 7-8), TCNJ (April 14-15), Rutgers-Camden (April 21-22) and Stockton (April 28-29) and home doubleheaders with Ramapo (April 19) and Kean (April 30). Rowan will play doubleheaders on the road at Montclair State (April 9) and Rutgers-Newark (April 23).
The Profs will also play non-conference games in April at home against Penn State-Abington (April 5), Neumann (April 19) and Immaculata (April 26).
The first round of the NJAC Championship will take place on May 3 at campus sites of the higher-seeded teams, with the remainder of the tournament moving to Kean University from May 6-8.
The Profs return a strong nucleus from the squad that went 29-6 overall, and 17-1 in conference play, and finished the year ranked seventh in the nation in the D3Baseball.com poll, its highest ranking since the inaugural poll in 2010.
Among the leading returnees are RF Ryan Murphy (.385, 9 HR, 35 RBI), who earned D3Baseball All-America honors in 2021, and LF Ryan Mostrangeli (.351, 22 R, 26 RBI), who was named to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team. On the mound, the Profs return a strong group including D3Baseball All-America honoree Eli Atiya (9-2, 1.68 ERA) and All-Region selection Donald Zellman (5-0, 1.64 ERA).