Bryant’s Ryan Klosterman isn’t the only head coach in college baseball who enters the 2022 season excited about his team’s depth, boasting an expanded roster including seniors, graduate students and transfers.
This iteration of the Bulldogs, though, will look significantly different than the one that captured the program’s ninth consecutive Northeast Conference regular-season championship back in May. That title extended the longest streak in league history before second-seeded Central Connecticut State edged out Bryant for the postseason crown.
Gone is the entire weekend pitching rotation of Tyler Mattison, Tyler Schoff and Vito Morgese, as well as grad student stalwarts like All-American catcher/first baseman Liam McGill (Wakefield, R.I.) — a Columbia transfer who led the nation hitting .471 with 50 RBI — and two-time All-NEC outfielder James Ciliento.
Following a 10-win senior season that earned him Bryant’s seventh straight NEC Pitcher of the Year honor, Mattison became Bryant’s highest drafted player ever as the fourth-round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers. Schoff and McGill are now members of the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves organizations, respectively.