Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022

Hofstra pitcher Mark Faello defies the odds to help his team advance to CAA Championship

Hofstra pitcher Mark Faello defies the odds to help his team advance to CAA Championship

Long Island (Writer) -- The Hofstra Pride wrapped up their regular season this weekend before heading to the CAA Championship - and they do so with a player who defied the odds to help his team.

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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