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On campus: College baseball has been a quick study for former EHT star outfielder Monny Strickland

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By DAVE O’SULLIVAN Publisher Monny Strickland was a confident player when he roamed the outfield for the Egg Harbor Township baseball team last spring. He’s carried that confidence over to his freshman year in college, where he is making a big impact for Rowan University. He has started 16 games for the Profs and is hitting .264 with 10 runs scored and 17 RBIs. The Profs came from behind on April 6 to beat Rutgers-Camden 6-5 and improve to 15-7 on the year. They have won four straight since then and are now 19-7 and ranked 28th in the nation in Division III. “Coming into my freshman year, I knew there was a spot open in the outfield. (EHT coach) Bryan Carmichael kept telling me this is was a great year to get in (at Rowan), and that I had a good shot to get in here and make some noise. I had a good fall season and my opportunity came around,” Strickland said. “I produced when I got that opportunity and that’s what got me into the starting lineup. From the fall to the spring I thought I was going to be in the starting lineup considering how well I did. I wasn’t initially, but I just kept telling myself that when my opportunity comes I’m going to take advantage of it.” Former Egg Harbor Township outfielder Monny Strickland is enjoying success as a freshman at Rowan University. He has started 16 of the Profs' 26 games and is hitting .264 with 10 runs scored and 17 RBIs. (Glory Days Magazine file photos/Dave O'Sullivan) Former Egg Harbor Township outfielder Monny Strickland is enjoying success as a freshman at Rowan University. He has started 16 of the Profs’ 26 games and is hitting .264 with 10 runs scored and 17 RBIs. (Glory Days Magazine file photos/Dave O’Sullivan) Strickland said the biggest adjustment he has had to make going from high school to college has been learning how to manage his time. As an engineering major he has a lot of demands academically, and when playing a varsity sport in college, with longer and more frequent practices and road trips, staying on top of everything is critical to being a successful student-athlete at the collegiate level. “I’m in engineering, so I have a lot of work to do. And on top of that I have to get my lifting schedule in, doing baseball, practices and trying to get all my school work done,” Strickland said. “That’s been the biggest adjustment I’ve had to make, but from the fall until now I think I’ve made a pretty good adjustment and I’m managing my time well between baseball and school work.” Despite the demands on his time, Strickland said he is thoroughly enjoying playing college baseball. “It’s been fun. It’s different from high school baseball and being away from home. But I really do like it. It’s upbeat and conference play is just a different brand of baseball,” Strickland said. “It’s the guys, how close we’ve become. You come to college and you are meeting guys and within a month or two you are like brothers. You hang out, practice, play all the time, hanging out after the games. It’s just a lot of team chemistry.” Strickland said he is excited to see what this team can do this year in the New Jersey Athletic Conference and possibly beyond. “It’s not really a young team. There’s only about three true freshmen who are in and out of the lineup. So there is a lot of leadership and experience on this team,” Strickland said. It’s a hectic schedule, with a lot of weekend double-headers, but Strickland said he is enjoying every minute of it. “I absolutely love it. You practice all the time, you play every day. It’s great.” Contact Dave O’Sullivan: sully@acglorydays.com; on Twitter @GDsullysays [adsense]

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