Gwynedd-Mercy the right fit for Holy Spirit senior baseball player Mike Di Ianni

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By DAVE O’SULLIVAN Publisher Holy Spirit senior pitcher Mike Di Ianni is a calculating young man. He thinks through every situation, trying to stay a few moves ahead of his opponents at all times. So it’s no surprise that when it came down to his final two college choices to continue his baseball career, Di Ianni sat down and wrote out a list of pros and cons for both Alvernia University and Gwynedd-Mercy College. Di Ianni said what it came down to, however, was a feeling. When he stepped onto the Gwynedd-Mercy campus, which lies 25 miles northwest of downtown Philadelphia, he knew he wanted to be a Griffin. Di Ianni announced his decision to attend Gwynedd-Mercy earlier this month after a process that took most of his senior year to get through. He actually made his final decision just before the season began in early March. “That was my goal throughout the whole process, to make a decision before the season started, just to get it off my shoulders. Now I can enjoy my senior season and have fun with it,” Di Ianni said. “It’s a good fit overall. It’s a small, Catholic university on the Division III level and it’s closer to home than Alvernia. It’s really what I was Holy Spirit senior Mike Di Ianni, who pitched a no-hitter earlier this week, said he plans to continue his baseball career at Gwynedd-Mercy College this fall. (Glory Days Magazine photo/Dave O'Sullivan) Holy Spirit senior Mike Di Ianni, who pitched a no-hitter earlier this week, said he plans to continue his baseball career at Gwynedd-Mercy College this fall. (Glory Days Magazine photo/Dave O’Sullivan) looking for. It has a good academic program in business and a good baseball program where I’ll have a chance to play all four years.” Di Ianni will be joining some other Cape-Atlantic League players next year when he heads to Pennsylvania. Sophomores Christian Carmolingo and Carlo Randazzo both attended St. Augustine Prep, as did juniors Matt Rakus and Rick Elfreth. Head coach Pat Murphy has been at the helm for 15 years and has a 194-87 record that includes five NCAA Division III tournament berths. The Griffins play in the Colonial States Athletic Conference and this season are 12-8-1 heading into this weekend’s series against Keystone College. Di Ianni had seven complete games last year as a junior and posted a 2.06 ERA. He started this season with a 4-hitter against Egg Harbor Township in a 2-0 loss, then followed that up with the first no-hitter of his career when the Spartans beat Mainland Regional 2-0 on Tuesday. The lanky right-hander, who is known for his control, outstanding off-speed pitches and composure on the mound, said his college decision really boiled down to the feel he had when he visited Gwynedd-Mercy. “I was told by one coach who was recruiting me that you’ll know that feeling inside when you feel that connection between you and the school, and when I got to Gwynedd-Mercy I had that feeling, that it felt like home. After that visit I told my dad that’s where I really want to go,” Di Ianni said. “It’s a very tough decision to make. It’s one of the biggest decisions somebody can make in their life and you want to go to a school where you’ll feel comfortable. This is definitely a school where I’ll feel at home. We did our homework with each school and this was the best fit for me overall.” Di Ianni said he plans to major in business with a minor in sports management, and hopes to one day land a front office job with a professional baseball organization on some level. “I’ve wanted to do that ever since the process started. I’d love to be in the front office of a baseball team,” Di Ianni said. “That’s been my dream ever since I decided I wanted to do sports management. I think it would be really cool to work in the front office.” Contact Dave O’Sullivan:; on Twitter @GDsullsays [adsense]


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