2011 Catholic University Baseball Team Advances to NCAA Regionals to Uphold Tradition of Excellence
The Cardinal Baseball tradition is proud to include famous ties to the New York Yankees. Brian Cashman, currently in his 16th year as Vice President and General Manager of the 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2009 World Series Champion New York Yankees, was a standout second baseman under Coach Natoli from 1985-1989. Former New York Yankee Wally Pipp, who is best remembered as the player Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig replaced at first base to begin his streak of 2.130 consecutive games, studied architecture and played baseball at Catholic University from 1911-1913.
Head Coach Ross Natoli, who is in his 29th season at Catholic University, has built the Cardinals into one of the most respected and competitive NCAA Division III programs in the East. He has led CUA to an average of 20 or more victories over the past 14 years and last season picked up his 500th career win on April 7. He enters the 2013 season with 507 wins.
The 2012 Cards won 24 games, including 11 within the Landmark Conference, and qualified for their fifth consecutive conference tournament. CUA once again ranked near the top of the conference in fielding percentage, sitting at No. 2 (.955).
Following the season, five Cardinals were named First Team All-Landmark Conference, including Colin McCarthy, who ranked among the national leaders with an impressive .410 batting average. Another of Natoli’s student-athletes, Justin D’Alessandro, signed with the Toronto Blue Jays organization in June and is currently in a player developmental league.
2011 was a season for the ages for Natolli and CUA, as the Cardinals captured their third Landmark Conference championship in the last four years (2008, 2009, 2011) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1977. CUA won 23 games on the year, and defeated the nation’s third ranked team, Kean University, 3-2 in the NCAA Regional opener behind a terrific pitching performance by Ron Esposito ’11.
Coordinator of Athletic Services/Associate Head Baseball Coach
Bobby Picardo is in his first year with the CUA Athletic Department, where he serves as an Assistant Equipment and Facility Manager, in addition to an Assistant Coach with the baseball program.
A 2009 graduate of CUA, Picardo arrives in the nation’s capital following a four-year stint with the Trenton Thunder, the Double A affiliate of the New York Yankees. While in Trenton, Picardo served as the manager of the team’s ticket sales and internship program, overseeing a staff of four sales executives and 24 college interns.
Picardo also coordinated the Thunder High School Baseball Series, hosted collegiate showcases and prospect workouts.
During his time with the Thunder, Picardo also served as an assistant baseball coach at his alma mater, Middletown High School South.
Tyler McCarthy is in his first year with the Catholic University Baseball Team as a graduate assistant coach, and joins Catholic after graduating from George Washington University in May of 2013.
McCarthy was a four-year starter for George Washington and appeared in 180 games for the Colonials. McCarthy played right field primarily for his first two seasons, before splitting time as a right fielder and RHP during his junior and senior campaigns. His 15-game hitting streak during his senior year is tied for the longest in GW Baseball history. McCarthy served as a captain for the Colonials during his senior season, and helped lead the Colonials to postseason play for the first time since 2006.
While at GW, McCarthy was a member of the Athletic Department’s “Leadership Academy,” who’s primary goals were to foster relationships throughout the department of athletics and provide guidance to younger student-athletes. McCarthy also participated in the ‘Athlete Mentor Program,’ where he served as an outlet and mentor to freshmen student-athletes as they made the transition from high school to collegiate athletics.