Aug. 23, 2011

PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's head baseball coach Fritz Hamburg has announced the addition of three new commitments for the 2012 season. Incoming freshmen Doug Licitra and Brian O'Keefe and graduate student Alex Pracher will join the Hawk roster in time for the start of the 2012 season.

The trio will join freshmen Stefan Kancylarz, Ryan Pater, Tim Ponto, and Lansing Veeder as newcomers to the Hawk roster next season.

"We're happy to welcome Doug, Brian, and Alex to the Hawk baseball family," Hamburg said. "We feel that adding these three outstanding student-athletes to the incoming class of early commits that we signed will be a great boost for the program, and we can't wait to hit the ground running this fall."

Licitra played the infield at Ridgewood High School, posting a .365 batting average with 10 doubles, five triples, five home runs, 22 runs batted in and 22 stolen bases as a senior captain. A Ridgewood, N.J. native, he was named to the All-Big North Liberty Division First Team and also took home All-Big North Second Team honors in 2011. Licitra also earned a pair of letters with the Ridgewood football team.

O'Keefe hails from Loudonville, N.Y., and attended South Colonie High School. A catcher, he dominated opposing pitchers to the tune of a .561 average, 12 doubles, four home runs and 35 runs batted in during his senior campaign, striking out just three times all year. O'Keefe was named to the All-State Class AA Second Team by the New York State Sports Writers Association in 2011 after twice earning All-Suburban Council First Team accolades in 2010 and 2011.

A native of Marlton, N.J., Pracher earned a degree in political science from Stanford University and is pursuing a graduate degree in criminal justice at Saint Joseph's. Pracher was the closer for the Cardinal in 2010, posting a 6-4 record with four saves and a 3.15 earned run average as Stanford reached the NCAA Regionals. He also ranked second on the team in appearances in 2008 and 2009 as the Cardinal qualified for the College World Series in 2008. Off the field, Pracher was named to the Pac 10 All-Academic Team in 2010.

Pracher was a four-time All-South Jersey Conference selection at Cherokee High School, leading the team to playoff appearances in all four of his seasons on the squad. He also won the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete Award as a senior in 2007.

The Hawks are set to begin their fall slate on September 25 against the Ontario Blue Jays.