Nevertheless, Hauze, a Phoenixville product, is still a solid performer for the Bulldogs, who competed in the 2004 NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament recently at Bear Stadium.
Hauze started at third base and batted second in the order as DeSales defeated St. Joseph's College of Long Island, N.Y., 5-4, in the first round. The following night, Hauze slugged a solo home run in an 8-2 loss to Rowan University.
After flying out to center field in the first inning, Hauze walked and scored a run in the third and grounded out to shortstop in the fifth. In the eighth, Hauze executed a sacrifice bunt down the third base line that he nearly beat out, but the Bulldogs did not score.
Hauze, the first DeSales player to earn first team All-American honors in school history, and sophomore pitchers Pete Quarracino (Phoenixville) and Tony Pomanti (Malvern, Devon Prep) give the ballclub from Allentown a Chester County flavor.
Hauze has bulked up to 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds after helping lead the Phantoms to the PIAA Class AA state championship in 2001.
"It is a little more than I want," said Hauze, who played shortstop a year ago before being switched over to third base. "It has been weightlifting and eating certain things."
Last year, Hauze led the team in batting average (.418), hits (69), home runs (7), runs batted in (51) and assists (139). He anchored a unit that captured the regional championship and advanced to the Division III World Series.
Opposing coaches and pitchers became acquainted with his style, and this year they have been a lot more careful in pitching to Hauze.
"When I get ahead in the count, they are throwing me a lot of junk (breaking stuff) instead of fastballs," Hauze said. "It has been a transition."
Hauze entered regionals with a .306 batting average in 40 games with a team-high 46 runs scored and 45 hits. He has four home runs and 10 stolen bases after being named the Freedom Conference Most Valuable Player last season.
Hauze played shortstop for 2 1/2 years at the collegiate level before being moved to third base to help the team. It became an easy transition since he played third base at Phoenixville.
Hauze had been batting fourth in the lineup until being moved to No. 2 Thursday. In that role, there is more moving runners around, bat control to hit to the right side and laying down bunts.
Playing under the lights in the first-class facility at Boyertown for the third straight year in college brought back fond memories for Hauze from his scholastic days in states at PAHS.
Quarracino (6-1, 190) has seen spot duty on the mound. In six appearances, he has started five games with a 3-1 record and 4.10 earned run average. In 26 1/3 innings, he allowed 33 hits and 12 earned runs with 18 strikeouts and 13 walks.
"I got pretty steady work early on, but not (towards the end of the season)," Quarracino said. "We have a ton of pitchers. I am the fourth or fifth starter.
"I have been working a lot on my breaking ball. I am mostly a fastball/changeup guy right now."
Pomanti (6-0, 215) had seen action as a reliever in 11 games. He had a 1-0 mark with a 2.95 ERA. In 18 1/3 innings, he had given up 17 hits and six earned runs with 14 strikeouts and nine walks.
"I had been used in middle relief as a setup guy," Pomanti said. "I like the role of pitching when it counts. You have to have your stuff right away."
Pomanti was coming off a big summer in helping the Paoli Cardinals advance to the Mid-Atlantic Regionals in American Legion ball.
"That really paid off," Pomanti said. "It got me used to high-pressure situations."
He said DeSales sets a goal of winning at least 30 games per year.
The DeSales roster also included junior first baseman Kyle Hoffman (Boyertown) and sophomore outfielder Derek Miller (Upper Perkiomen).
Head coach Tim Neiman completed his 15th season at the helm.