Baseball Success—and a Gift Barry Rosen, who has coached the Hawks baseball for the past six years, received an unexpected token of his team’s appreciation at the end of last season: an oil portrait by Mark Hayden, the father of pitcher and co-captain Sean Hayden ’12. It was the senior’s way of saying, “Thanks for staying with me, looking out for me, and giving me the opportunity to play.” The gift was especially significant because it just so happens the Hawks baseball team had a historic year. They had the second-highest win total in program history and were just one victory shy of the record set in 2004. They won a conference regular-season title for the first time since that ’04 season and won their second-ever bid to the NCAA Division II East Regional Baseball Championship. They also won a regional game for the first time in history. Their final game, which eliminated them from NCAA East Regional with a 7-4 loss to LeMoyne, coincided with an event of great importance in the lives of seven of the team members: Saint Anselm College’s 2012 commencement exercises. Because the seniors missed the afternoon event, they were awarded their degrees in a separate ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Hayden wanted to present the portrait in person, but unfortunately, there was no time for a formal presentation. When he went to present it to the coach later, he found the locker room locked so he left it on the couch in a big box. “I was speechless, to say the least,” Rosen says about the surprise.
(L-R) Jeff Criscuolo, Tim Cooney, Dan DeCoste, John Healy, Sean Hayden, Neil Hesek, and Joe Latino had a special ceremony.
Photos by Gil Talbot
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