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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a notebook covering several different UMass Athletics related items including the start of home events for baseball and softball. While Earl Lorden Field is still thawing out from the winter snow, softball's Sortino Field and the UMass Track & Field Complex will begin hosting events today. Additionally, Vautour has an update on Garber Field and mentions the selection of Cady Lalanne and Maxie Esho to the Portsmouth Invitational which is a tournament for college senior to showcase their skills in front of NBA scouts.

Craig Forde has a article on former UMass captain Conor Sheary from the March edition of the New England Hockey Journal. Sheary has enjoyed great success in his first full season of pro hockey after bursting on the scene last postseason with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Read: Former Minuteman Sheary on the AHL radar

In today's Daily Collegian, Nick Souza takes a closer look at the three meets that the track and field programs will have athletes competing in this weekend as the Minutewomen expect to have back several athletes who are coming off injuries. On the men's side, several distance runners will be in action in Princeton, N.J., on Friday night, while others will run in the Yellow Jacket Invitational on Saturday at AIC.

Read: UMass women's track and field opens at home while Minutemen hit the road to start the season

Jamie Cushman of the Daily Collegian spoke with head softball coach Kristi Stefanoni following Wednesday's 16-6 road victory over Yale. The Minutewomen posted their top offensive performance of the year, setting season highs for runs, hits and runs in an inning as they get ready to return to Sortino Field for the 2015 home opener against George Washington Friday at Noon.


Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald has a story from UMass football spring practice focusing on Blake Frohnapfel as he prepares for his second season leading the Minutemen. Both Frohnapfel and quarterbacks coach Liam Coen say having a comfort level and base understanding of the offense is the biggest difference compared to last spring when both where new to UMass.

Arthur Hayden of the Daily Collegian has a feature story on UMass tennis senior Chanel Glasper who is on the verge of setting the program's career singles wins record. Glasper needs just two wins to break the current record of 74 wins set by Jessica Podlofsky last season.

Chanel Glasper (Rehan Telat/Daily Collegian)

Collegian: @UMassLacrosse prepares for road trip to face Bonnies

Jesse Korzen of the Daily Collegian has a preview of Saturday's women's lacrosse match-up at St. Bonaventure - the only game of the week for the Minutewomen. Head coach Angela McMahon says the balanced offensive attack displayed against George Mason was a good sign of the team's progress heading into week 2 of league play.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on new special teams coordinator Mark Michaels who returns for his second stint as a member of the UMass football coaching staff. Michaels has coached at several stops alongside head coach Mark Whipple throughout their careers.

Emily Kaplan of Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback on SportsIllustrated.com has a terrific feature story on Jean Sifrin chronicling his journey and its many twists-and-turns to the NFL Draft. Sifrin's tale is one of overcoming adversity, learning from mistakes and taking hold of opportunities whenever possible which is how he ended up with the UMass football program. It's a well written piece on one of the most interesting and dynamic personalities in program history and this year's potential NFL draftees.

PREVIEW: Baseball vs. Boston College (3 PM)

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UMass baseball will play its first game in New England this spring this afternoon as the squad heads east to Northborough, Mass., for a meeting with Boston College at the New England Baseball Complex.

Massachusetts (4-7) vs. Boston College (11-13)
Date | Time Wednesday, April 1, 2015 | 3 p.m.
Location | Forecast

Northborough, Mass. (New England Baseball Complex)
Sunny, 46 Degrees, Chance of Rain: 0%

Live Stats | Listen

GameTracker | Live streaming audio is available free of charge online through SportsJuice or on mobile devices by downloading the free TuneIn Radio app and searching for "UMass Baseball." Broadcasts typically begin 5-10 minutes prior to first pitch.

Social Media @UMassAthletics |@UMassBaseball |@BCBirdBall
Probable Starters

UMass: RHP Tim Cassidy | Boston College: RHP Eric Stone


In advance of the contest, the Daily Collegian also ran a preview of the matchup by Ross Gienieczko.

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