David Gulati signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Villanova University. Seated with David are father, Dave Gulati, bottom left, mother, Loretta
David Gulati signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Villanova University. Seated with David are father, Dave Gulati, bottom left, mother, Loretta Gulati, bottom right, head coach, Bruce Brobst, top left, and head coach of Spring City Legion, Jamie Scheck, top right. (Photo courtesy Spring-Ford athletics)

Dave Gulati plans to major in Business in college.

That said, the Spring-Ford senior will be attending to plenty of business over the next four years at Villanova's home baseball diamond, the Ballpark at Plymouth.

Gulati, a standout infielder for the Rams as well as the Spring City American Legion squad, has signed a letter of intent to attend Villanova and play baseball for the Wildcats.

He also considered LaSalle, Temple, Bucknell, and Monmouth before deciding on Villanova.

"I wanted the opportunity to attend a top academic school and play baseball at the Division I level,' said Gulati, who was recruited as an outfielder and will likely play there for the Rams this spring. "In addition to their academic reputation, I was very impressed with the coaching staff and the program in general.'

Under 13th-year coach Joe Godri, the Wildcats went 5-19 in the Big East and 14-40 overall last year. During Godri's tenure Villanova has had eight winning campaigns and made two postseason appearances. Twenty-two Wildcats have been drafted under his watch, including Pat Young and Tyler Sciaccia last year.

As a junior for Spring-Ford, Gulati hit .303 with four doubles, two triples, 13 RBIs and 12 runs.

"Dave's best attributes on the field are his physical skills,' Spring-Ford coach Bruce Brobst said. "He is really fast, has an outstanding arm, and can drive the ball to the gaps.'


Gulati — the son of Dave and Lori Gulati — was a PAC-10 honorable mention selection as a junior, a member of the Chester County Carpenter Cup Classic squad and was named to Pennsylvania Big 26 team. Last summer, he hit .330 with three homers, eight doubles, six triples and 47 RBIs for Chester County champion Spring City. In 2012, he hit .407 for the Red Sox (including a tourney-best .542 in the Pennsylvania State Tournament) with two homers, 11 triples, 11 doubles and 46 RBIs and hit .434 in the Mid-Atlantic tourney as the Red Sox reached the final.

"He has been blessed with a lot of talent,' Brobst said. "His speed, throwing arm and power are things everyone will notice when they watch him play, but for me, it's the intangibles that set him apart.

"David has a fun-loving personality, is a great teammate, respects his coaches, and is a hard worker. Every coach in the world would love to have a David Gulati. He has tremendous ability, but the things he does off the field are what make him a special person.'

An honor roll student and Widener University/NBC-10 High School Leadership Award winner who was his class president as a freshman and sophomore, Gulati was also a first-team PAC-10 forward in soccer who helped the Rams win the league championship last fall, as well as an all-league selection at kicker for the Spring-Ford football team.

This spring, Gulati will try to close out what has already been an accomplishment-filled, rewarding and memorable senior year in successful fashion.

"This year we have a very talented team with a lot of potential,' he said. "My expectations are to play up to my potential and help Spring-Ford win a PAC-10 title.'

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