It may only have taken a pandemic for UConn coach Jim Penders to recognize his long-awaited desire of seeing in-state phenom Ben Casparius wear the right colors.
Penders’ first attempt to kick off the recruiting process with Casparius (Westport, Conn.) came back in 2014, when the two-way prospect was a freshman at Staples High School. But before the UConn coach could even get Casparius on the Storrs, Conn., campus for a visit, the state’s top prospect committed to North Carolina.
Casparius went on to become the all-time hits leader in the state of Connecticut, also earning 2017 Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year honors.
He continued to thrive as a UNC freshman in 2018, starring as a pitcher and third baseman. At the plate, he hit .315 with 15 RBI. On the mound, he went 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 10 games.