By Benito Vila
2005 Pierson graduate and former Whaler baseball standout Mike Labrozzi is participating in the NCAA Division III World Series Championship in Wisconsin this weekend, taking the field with his college team, the Skyline Conference champion Farmingdale State Rams.
A designated hitter and first baseman, Labrozzi helped his team take the conference title earlier this month, batting over .400 in that tournament. The Rams lost their opener in regional NCAA play, but rallied last weekend to win four straight and advance to the eight-team double-elimination Division III championship.
Labrozzi went seven-for-seventeen (.417) in his team’s four wins, drawing three walks, being hit by a pitch, scoring seven runs, driving in six, doubling twice, stealing a base and hitting two home runs.
The Rams go into this weekend’s World Series with a record of 30-15 and will match up with Kean University (NJ), Shenandoah University (VA), the University of St. Thomas (MN), Chapman University (CA), Trinity College (CT), Carthage College (WI) and Wooster College (OH). Trinity is the defending champion.
For the season Labrozzi is hitting .319 and leads the Rams with five home runs. He is among the team leaders in games played, at bats, runs, hits, doubles, RBIs, walks, hit by pitched ball and total bases.