Program Feature: San Francisco State University Baseball

 

If you're not familiar with NCAA Division II baseball, you should definitely take some time this college season to get to know some of the outstanding programs and talented student-athletes at this level. Our last program feature took us out east to see the Rams of Philadelphia University, so we figured we'd switch coasts and check in with the Gators of San Francisco State University as they gear up for opening day.

SF State is entering its 2017 campaign with a ton of excitement, with head coach Tony Schifano -- now in his second year at the helm -- having just completed his first full recruiting cycle. Schifano, a UC Davis alum, is joined on staff by another former Aggie in pitching coach Tyler LaTorre, and the duo's efforts have made quick work of turning around the Gator program: Last year's 23 wins were the most by a Gator squad since 2004.

Like most seasons in most programs, 2016 had its ups and downs for Coach Schifano's team, but it also brought plenty of promise of a very bright future. Returning a core group of key players, the Gators expect to compete for a conference title this year and have their sights set on the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) tournament. Says Coach LaTorre of the coaching staff's first group of recruits, "We've brought in many impact players to our lineup and defensively we will be increasingly better. We have also added to the depth of our pitching staff with experienced arms and quality freshmen."

SF State opens up at home on Wednesday, February 8th with a twin bill against Sonoma State. On behalf of all of us at Buckler: Good luck to the Gator players, coaches, staff, and families this year! We can't wait to follow along.

San Francisco State University, a member of the 23-campus California State University system, is a public urban university with a conscience located in one of the world's most vibrant and beautiful cities. SF State is a member of the NCAA's Division II, and its athletic teams compete in the California Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAA).