Arlington, Va. – Marymount University will increase its intercollegiate sports offerings to 16 with the addition of baseball beginning in the 2014 season. With baseball, the Saints will field 13 of the 21 varsity sports sponsored by the Capital Athletic Conference.
“Marymount is thrilled to be fielding the first baseball team in its history,” university president Dr. Matthew Shank said. “We believe that baseball will provide another great option for student-athletes who want to receive an outstanding education and compete at the college level. As the president of Marymount and a former college baseball player, I can't wait for opening day in the spring of 2014!”
Baseball is the fourth sport announced in the past year with the prior additions of men’s volleyball and men’s and women’s triathlon. Marymount last expanded its athletic offerings in 2003, with the addition of men’s and women’s cross country.
All 10 current and future CAC programs compete in baseball, one of just six sports to have all programs participate. Current CAC teams include Frostburg State, Salisbury, St. Mary’s (Md.), Wesley, and York (Pa.) while newcomers Christopher Newport, Penn State-Harrisburg, and Southern Virginia will join the Saints as new baseball squads for the 2014 campaign.
Baseball is the second-largest men’s sport behind football with almost 12,000 participants at Division III institutions, based on the most recent NCAA Sports Sponsorships and Participation Rate Report. Squad sizes averaged 32 players per team, the most since information began being collected in 1981.