Army baseball team rallies around deployed assistant coach
One key member of Army’s baseball team won’t be present when the Black Knights face Virginia in the NCAA regionals Friday.
Lt. Col. Dave Borowicz, an assistant coach and a former standout pitcher at Army, was deployed to Afghanistan earlier this month.
The team has used his departure as a rallying point, going 6-0 and winning the Patriot League tournament championship without him.
“There’s no replacing the value that Coach Borowicz brought to our team both on and off the field,” said All-American pitcher Chris Rowley. “He’s one of the most influential people that I know. He’s had more of an impact on me than a lot of people in my life, and I know a lot of other guys can say the same.
“We are, at least in part, playing these games for him.”
Army will play Virginia at 1 p.m. Friday in the Charlottesville, Va., regional. Read more on the game here.
Black Knights coach Joe Sottolano said he knows it’s difficult for Borowicz to “watch other people carry the baton across the finish line.”
“He’s going over there and standing up for us,” Sottolano said. “I think he deserves our best effort. … Coach Borowicz was more than just a coach. He was a mentor and very close with the players.”