In their first conference tournament since 2018 - Hofstra is on the verge of its first overall winning record in 10 years. First-year head coach and former major leaguer Frank Catalanotto says the confidence is high.
"I think everyone has kind of bought in - once we had them buy in, I feel like things have gone in the right direction," Catalanotto said.
For senior Mark Faello, the journey is personal. After his freshman year, he developed a lump on his neck -- and then the diagnosis of Stage 3 cancer.
Hofstra Pitcher Mark Faello says there is a lot of talent on the team this year.
"We went to a specialist, he took out one of the lymph nodes, and then it came back Hodgkin's Lymphoma," Faello said, "my dad, my mom - they were very very upset about it, torn to pieces, so I think that was probably the hardest part - was seeing my family struggle."
Before the 2019-2020 season, Faello's parents and some coaches wanted him to take time off to build strength ad heal, but he wanted to be around the team and attend every meeting - all with a PICC line in.
"If I was staying home not doing anything on the couch, playing video games, I just felt I wasn't going to get better," said Faello.
"For him, he was like 'no, baseball's important to me, my teammates are important to me - I want to be there,'" Catalanotto added.
Faello said his perspective on the mound changed since his diagnosis.
"I just think I enjoy every moment more," he said.
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