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The Frederick News-Post: Improbable pro Dennis Torres

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This morning Greg Swatek of the The Frederick News-Post out of Frederick, Maryland, has a fantastic profile of former UMass baseball right-hander Dennis Torres who is now pitching for the Frederick Keys, the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. Torres is currently 2-0 with four saves and a 3.33 earned-run average over 12 appearances.

Read: Improbable pro

UMass baseball lefthander Evan Mackintosh was named Futures League Pitcher of the Night last night after helping his team, the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs, to a 15-6 win over the Seacoast Mavericks.

Macintosh pitched four scoreless innings of relief and allowed just two hits and a walk while fanning six to earn a save in the contest.

Geannelis Turns In Another Strong Start For Nashua

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UMass baseball rising sophomore, 2014 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year Mike Geannelis continued his success in summer ball yesterday, turning in another strong start on the mound for the Nashua Silver Knights.

Geannelis went seven innings to earn the win in the 8-3 victory, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

To date, he is 2-1 over four appearances, three starts, with a 3.50 ERA in 18 innings and 18 strikeouts to just two walks. Geannelis is also hitting .294 in limited plate appearances (5-for-17) with a home run and five RBI. Fellow Minuteman Brandon Walsh is batting .350 (7-for-20) with a 0.00 ERA over 1.2 hitless innings of relief.

Former UMass Pitcher Jauss Begins Pro Career

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Recent UMass baseball graduate and 2014 draft pick of the Washington Nationals, DJ Jauss,was assigned to the Gulf Coast League Nationals late last week and made his professional debut for the GCL Nationals over the weekend.

Facing five batters, Jauss pitched one scoreless inning and allowed one hit and one walk with one strikeout in his first career appearance

Two members of the UMass baseball squad had a stellar evening last night playing summer ball for the Nashua Silver Knights of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL). A-10 Rookie of the Year Mike Geannelis pitched seven no-hit innings and struck out nine to carry the Nashua Silver Knights to an 11-0 victory over the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs. At the plate for Nashua, fellow Minuteman Brandon Walsh went 3-4, drove in one and scored two runs. He singled in the second innings and homered in the fifth inning.

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Gazette: Recaps Of Baseball's Wins Over VCU

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The Daily Hampshire Gazette had coverage of both of UMass baseball's wins over VCU this past weekend:

UMass baseball beats VCU on walk-off wild pitch in 10th

Weekend college recaps: UMass baseball coach Mike Stone gets 700th win

Chris Corso of the Daily Collegian has a feature on the UMass baseball team and its improved play over the last few weeks which could help the Minutemen make the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

Tyler Fiedler of the Daily Collegian has a sidebar on the UMass baseball win over UConn focusing on the Minutemen's play and taking advantage of UConn's mistakes.

Ross Gienieczko of the Daily Collegian has a recap of UMass baseball's win over UConn marking the first time since 2007 that the Minutemen defeated the Huskies.

Gazette: UMass baseball slips past UConn

The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a short recap of the UMass baseball team defeating UConn on Tuesday afternoon.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has an extensive notebook in today's paper which covers all of Friday's results from lacrosse to tennis. Vautour also highlights Saturday's jersey retirement for Brianna Scurry and April Kater and gives mention to a pair of academic award winners from rowing and women's lacrosse.

Matt Vautour had this piece in today's Daily Hampshire Gazette on former UMass pitcher Jeremy Demers, who is currently battling cancer.

When he's got a baseball in his hand, it's hard to tell Jeremy Demers has cancer.

Most of the weight he originally lost from his 6-foot, broad-shouldered frame has come back and so far his hair has been unaffected by chemotherapy.

When his right arm reaches back and sends the ball toward the plate, it's not hard to see the standout pitcher he was at Easthampton High School, the University of Massachusetts and the New England College Baseball League.

He has a beard now, and at 31, Demers still looks ready to battle hitters.

Read more: Former Easthampton, UMass pitcher Jeremy Demers stares down fight with cancer

The Daily Collegian had this recap of UMass' Atlantic 10 series victory over Saint Louis. UMass took games one and two by the scores of 7-1 and 3-2 before dropping game three, 2-1 in 11 innings.
Former UMass baseball and Easthampton pitcher Jeremy Demers will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before Easthampton's home opener vs. Greenfield on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 3:15 p.m. at Daley Field in Easthampton, Mass.

Volunteers will be accepting donations at the event to help offset Demers' medical costs as he is currently battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

Donations are also being accepted online here.

Collegian: UMass baseball prepares for Richmond

Tyler Fiedler of the Daily Collegian has a preview of UMass baseball's series at Richmond this weekend.

Before leaving Florida yesterday to head back to Massachusetts, the UMass baseball team paid a visit to the Pirates' Spring Training complex in Bradenton, Fla. Though the game was cancelled due to rain, the Minutemen did get to take in all of batting practice from the field and met several folks from the Pirates' and Yankees' organizations including Yankees' manager Joe Girardi, first baseman Mark Teixeira and Pirates' general manager/UMass alum Neal Huntington.

Check out the photos below:








UMass baseball alum Mike Gedman was featured in the Boston Globe on Sunday. Gedman was recently hired as the head coach of Framingham State University in his hometown of Framingham, Mass.

Read: Gedman right at home as Framingham State's new coach

Collegian: UMass baseball eager to start season

Ross Gienieczko of the Daily Collegian has a preview of the baseball season as the Minutemen head to North Carolina this weekend to kick-off the year.

Congratulations to former UMass shortstop, UMass Hall of Fame member Gary DiSarcina, who was hired by the Los Angeles Angels yesterday as the squad's third base coach.

The hiring was widely covered in the national media:

Los Angeles Times: Angels name former shortstop Gary DiSarcina as third-base coach
Los Angeles Times: Angels' Gary DiSarcina wants to be baseball's best third-base coach
ESPN LA: Angels hire Gary DiSarcina
MLB.com: Former Angel DiSarcina joins club as third-base coach

DiSarcina was featured on UMass Sports Insider back in September:

Getting to Know Men's Swimming & Diving Coach Russ Yarworth

The Daily Hampshire Gazette did a Q&A with Men's Swimming and Diving Coach, Russ Yarworth. He has some funny answers you might enjoy reading! Here's a sample of some of answers.

Education: Attleboro High School, 1974; bachelor's degree in biochemistry from UMass, 1978; and a master's degree in exercise science from UMass, 1983
Who lives under the same roof as you? My wife, Sue, and all our critters
Children: None
Pets: Dogs -- Chili, a 15-year-old golden retriever, Buster, a 6-year-old Aussie mix, and Jep, a 3-year-old Aussie mix; a cat -- Mika, 14; and a parrot -- Marigold, maybe 50 years old or so
Hobbies: Camping, biking, swimming, kayaking, skiing, gardening
Book you'd recommend to a friend: Anything by Nelson DeMille
Favorite movie/TV show/musical group: Movie -- Mel Brooks' "History of the World" or "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"; TV Show -- "Seinfeld"; Group -- Joe Strummer and The Clash
Five things you can't live without: My wife, my dogs, my siblings, my stopwatches, my health
Last thing you purchased just for fun: A kayak
What's at the top of your bucket list? Skiing the Alps
Life-changing experience: Choosing to attend UMass. It gave me an education, a profession, and a home

Remembering Ray Ellerbrook

Below are a few articles that do a very nice job of remembering former UMass baseball and basketball standout Ray Ellerbrook, who passed away on Wednesday. He was a star in both sports, leading each team to one of the more significant athletic achievements in their history - the first College World Series and first NIT appearance. He played freshman and varsity ball from 1967-70 during the end of one of the most successful decades in UMass history.


The following article was written earlier this summer...

Calling hours will be Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Czelusniak Funeral Home, 173 North St. in Northampton. A celebration of Ellerbrook's life will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the Ray Ellerbrook Athletic Field at 48 Burts Pit Road.

Coverage Of Clark's Caribbean Series Winning HR

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After he helped Mexico's Yaquis de Obregon to the Caribbean Series title in the early hours of the morning, former Minuteman Doug Clark was mentioned in several recaps of the game, including highlights from ESPN:

MLB.com - Mexico captures Caribbean Series in 18-inning thriller
ESPN - Douglas Clark HR lifts Yaquis in 18th
Baseball America - Mexico Wins Caribbean Series Title In Dramatic Fashion

Among the "year in review" pieces out there recapping the events of 2012, Matt Vautour had this one about UMass pitcher Joe Popielarczyk's stellar 2012 season with the Minutemen baseball team:

For most freshman, not making it through walk-on tryouts is the end of their college careers.

They gave it a shot at being a college athlete. After being deemed not quite good enough, they hang 'em up, content to move on. Some will try to join a club team. Some will play intramurals. Most will just become regular college students, going to class during the week, parties on weekends, gaining weight and knowledge, while moving toward a degree and a job, and further away from their athletic careers.

It would have been hard to blame Joe Popielarczyk for following that route. The former Northampton High School baseball star was carrying a challenging major (civil engineering), while commuting to the University of Massachusetts every day from his home in Florence. Most people would have been tempted to just throw themselves into their studies and forget baseball.

But Popielarczyk wasn't ready to do that, and just making the baseball team as a sophomore after his second shot at walk-on tryouts made Popielarczyk a good story.

Read more of Joe Popielarczyk was as good as anyone in 2012

UMass Hall Of Fame Pitcher Tarpey Passes Away

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Our condolences to the family of former UMass baseball pitcher, UMass Hall of Fame member, Phil Tarpey, who passed away last week at the age of 79.

Tarpey earned UMass' first All-America award in baseball, being named third-team by the American Baseball Coaches Association in 1955. A member of two consecutive NCAA Tournament teams (1954-55), he helped UMass advance to the College World Series in 1954, the school's first ever appearance. In 1955, Tarpey was the MVP of the NCAA Regional, a member of the NCAA Regional All-Tournament team, and winner of the E. Joseph Thompson Memorial MVP trophy (team MVP). A native of Gardner, Mass., Tarpey was a managing partner of the Bulkely, Richardson, and Gelinas law firm in Springfield, Mass. He was inducted into the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.

Former UMass Catcher Conley To Manage Pittsfield Suns

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Congratulations to 2012 graduate, former UMass catcher Tom Conley, who was named the new manager for the Pittsfield Suns of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.

From the Berkshire Eagle:

A former University of Massachusetts baseball player is the new manager of the Pittsfield Suns.

Tom Conley, a four-year starter at catcher for UMass, has been hired to manage the Futures League baseball team this summer. Conley replaces Jamie Keefe who stepped down after last season.

Conley, 22, is in the middle of his first season as an assistant coach at Division I Bryant University in Rhode Island.

To say this first year after he graduated with a Sociology degree has been a baseball whirlwind is an understatement.

"I didn't even get to go to my graduation. We were away," he said during an interview prior to a press conference Thursday announcing the hiring. "I feel like my season just ended. Then all of a sudden, I'm with Bryant and now I'm with Pittsfield. It's kind of a whirlwind, but it's exciting."

Conley joined Suns owners Jeff Goldklang and Tyler Tumminia, general manager Kevin McGuire and Futures League Commissioner Chris Hall at the press event, held in the main lobby of the Pittsfield Cooperative Bank on South Street.

In addition to his four years at UMass, the Quincy native played three summers in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.

"We started this process from, essentially, scratch. Every person Tyler spoke to, one name kept coming back to us and that was you really need to talk to this guy Tom Conley," said Goldklang. "He's got a future in this sport.

"We did our due diligence on everybody. At the end of the day, it wasn't even a question. Tom was the correct choice."

UMass' DiSarcina Named PawSox Manager For 2013

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UMass Hall of Famer Gary DiSarcina was tapped to manage the Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate, the Pawtucket Red Sox, last Friday.
  

DiSarcina played for the Minutemen from 1986-88 and hit .336 for his career in a UMass uniform. The shortstop went on to appear in 1,086 games over 11 Major League seasons.

The Pawtucket Red Sox web site had this piece on DiSarcina

Several media outlets also covered the hiring:

Providence Journal: Job with PawSox is a homecoming for DiSarcina
Woonsocket Call: For New PawSox Manager DiSarcina, Communication Is Vital

WIth the help of SAAC, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, five representatives of the whole of UMass athletics sat down with the students at Crocker Farm Elementary School prior to the start of classes this morning. In addition to just interacting with the youngsters, each student-athlete took the opportunity to discuss the importance of eating healthy, staying active and working hard in school. Minutemen Joe Snyder (men's lacrosse) and baseball's Billy Jones and Alex Tuneski, as well as Minutewomen Katie Bettencourt (softball) and Jocelyn Providence (women's tennis) all participated in the day's activity.

For more information about SAAC can be found through the UMass Athletics website here.

MassLive: Matthew Gedman Working Way Up Red Sox Ladder

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Over the weekend, MassLive.com had a piece from David Driver on UMass baseball alum Matt Gedman, who is currently playing professionally in the Boston Red Sox farm system for the Lowell Spinners:

Matthew Gedman strolled out of the Lowell Spinners clubhouse about three hours before game time on Wednesday at Ripken Stadium, just north of Baltimore.

The 23-year-old was wearing the road grey uniform of the Red Sox minor-league team, complete with wrist bands on both arms, and was carrying a black bat and glove before a game against the Aberdeen IronBirds, whose co-owner is Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr.

Gedman, the former UMass baseball standout from Framingham, certainly looks the part of a pro baseball player. He has been around the game his entire life and said he was about 2 years old the first time he went to Fenway Park, where his father Rich was a catcher for Boston from 1980-90, then with Houston in 1990 and St. Louis in 1991-92.

"I remember more about the St. Louis Cardinals when my dad played for them," said the younger Gedman, who was born Sept. 26, 1988.

Now the elder Gedman, a graduate of Worcester High, is a hitting coaching with the high Class A Salem (Va.) Red Sox while his son is in his second pro season after being drafted by Boston out of UMass in 2011 in the 45th round.

"We talk about two or three times per week," said Matt Gedman, a 6-foot-2 left-handed hitter. "We don't really talk baseball too much. It is more how are you doing? He is pretty busy and I am pretty busy. In the off-season we hang out more."

The younger Gedman played shortstop for the Minutemen but has been used mostly at third base by Lowell, a short-season affiliate in the New York-Penn League. In games through Aug. 22 he was hitting .227 in 132 at bats with four doubles, three homers and 19 RBIs. Gedman made six errors in his first 30 games at third for the Spinners, who were 29-33 after a 3-2 win in 11 innings here Aug. 22.

"He is a great clubhouse kid. He has been around the clubhouse all of his life," said Bruce Crabbe, the Lowell manager. "He can play multiple positions if you need him to."

Read more of Matthew Gedman working his way up the Red Sox ladder

Globe: Lawrence's Torres: From Walk-On To Pro Ball

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The Boston Globe is the latest media outlet to cover Dennis' Torres amazing story from walking on to the UMass baseball squad to becoming a Baltimore Orioles' draft pick earlier this month:

Dennis Torres remembers the doleful look he saw in the eyes of his father, Denesi, four years ago after he had played his final season for the Lawrence Legion Post 15 team.

There had been no high school career: He was cut four times from the baseball team at Central Catholic, and no college scholarships were in the offing.

"I talked to my pops, and he was so upset he couldn't watch me play anymore,'' Torres recalled.

Now, the elder Torres will be able to watch his son pitch as a professional after the 6-foot-2, 200-pound righthander was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 28th round (852d pick overall) of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft last Wednesday.

"When my name came out, it was awesome,'' said the 22-year-old Torres, who went from walk-on to number one starter in his third season at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He signed a contract with Baltimore Monday morning, forgoing his final season of eligibility, and will report to the Gulf Coast League for two weeks before moving on to the Aberdeen IronBirds in the short-season New York-Penn League. 

Read more of - Lawrence's Torres: From UMass walk-on to pro ball with Orioles

Popielarczyk Starts NEIBA All-Star Game

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Recent graduate Joe Popielarczyk represented the UMass baseball program in the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) All-Star game on Monday night in Brockton, Mass., starting on the mound for the University Division Squad and helping the team to a 5-3 victory.
  

The right-hander tossed three innings and let up just one unearned run on three hits and stuck out three without walking a batter.

An excellent feature on Dennis Torres by the Springfield Republican's Harry Plumer. Torres signed with the Orioles this morning and will report to the Gulf City Orioles.

You wouldn't even know Dennis Torres played baseball if it weren't for the picture leaning against the wall in his bedroom.

Trophies and medals from years past are packed away in boxes somewhere. There are no framed cutouts of newspaper articles.

His career, at least at his mother's house, is nothing more than a ghost.

It won't be for long.

Phones have been ringing, text messages have been dinging and Torres' Twitter account has been blowing up since the UMass pitcher was drafted in the 28th round of the MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles on June 6.

People are coming out of the woodwork to congratulate him. They tell them they always knew he had it in him, even though he was cut from his high school baseball team all four years. They tell him they knew he could do it, even though he never gave baseball a thought during his first year at UMass.

Read more of UMass pitcher Dennis Torres overcomes odds to be drafted by Baltimore Orioles

ESPN Boston: Matt Torra Still Chasing Dream

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Today ESPN Boston has a feature from Marty Dobrow on former UMass pitcher Matt Torra. In his seventh season in professional baseball, Torra is currently a member of Triple-A Durham Bulls and is 4-6 with a 5.02 earned run average through 61 innings over 11 starts.

Read - Matt Torra Still Chasing Dream

Congratulations to Dennis Torres, who was selected in the 28th round of the MLB Draft yesterday. Matt Vautour had this nice piece in today's Daily Hampshire Gazette:

"Dennis Torres' high school team didn't want him.

The Lawrence native was cut by Central Catholic all four years of high school. No colleges wanted him either. Of course they didn't. Who recruits a kid that didn't play varsity in high school? Torres walked on at the University of Massachusetts as a sophomore, hoping to play third base. He wasn't even a pitcher until the Minuteman coaching staff saw him zip a throw across the infield.

But the Baltimore Orioles wanted him.

The Orioles selected the UMass junior right-hander four picks into the 28th round Wednesday of Major League Baseball's first-year draft. Torres was at Minuteman teammate Leif Sorenson's house in Haverhill watching the draft online and just before 3 p.m. after Boston College senior pitcher Matt Brazis was selected by the Seattle Mariners, the voice from the computer said the magic words: 'Dennis Torres, right-handed pitcher, University of Massachusetts.'"

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Coverage Of Baseball's Beanpot Championship Victory

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Congratulations to the baseball team on capturing its sixth Beanpot Championship in program history. Multiple news outlets had coverage of the 8-7 win over Harvard:

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Freshman Conor LeBlanc pitches UMass baseball to Beanpot title
BostonSportsU18.com: Massachusetts 8, Harvard 7: Minutemen Cling to Lead, Capture Beanpot Title
Daily Collegian: UMass holds on to early lead for Beanpot title

Check out the highlights and postgame interviews, as well:

In today's Springfield Republican Dick Baker has a nice piece on UMass starting pitchers Dennis Torres and Joe Popielarczyk.

"Joe Popielarczyk, a Northampton native whose 3-2 victory Sunday at Saint Joseph's lifted the Minutemen's Atlantic 10 record to a much-better-than-expected 6-3. The win snapped the Hawks' seven-game winning streak."

Read the more of Walk-ons throwing strikes for greatly improved UMass baseball.

The Daily Collegian has coverage today of UMass' sweep of La Salle over the weekend along with a notebook from Scott Cournoyer. The Minutemen are in action tonight in Lowell, Mass., facing Northeastern at 6 p.m. in the first round of the Beanpot Tournament, which will be broadcast on WMUA 91.1 FM.

Rich Graef walks-off twice as Minutemen slide into first place
Dennis Torres, Anthony Serino heating things up for Minutemen

Recaps Of Baseball's 2-1 Win Over La Salle

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The UMass baseball team battled to a 2-1 win over La Salle in the Atlantic 10 series opener on Thursday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. With the Minutemen now holding sole possession of first place in the conference standings, the teams will meet again in game two of the series this afternoon at 3 p.m.

Several media outlets had coverage of yesterday's win:


Daily Collegian: Minutemen Baseball Taking 2-1 Nail-Biter
Daily Collegian: Small-Ball Big Factor For Thriving Minutemen
Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass Baseball Holds Off La Salle

Also check out the postgame interviews, as well:

Daily Collegian Season Previews - Baseball

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The Daily Collegian's annual Baseball/Softball Preview issue hit newsstands on Monday and here are the baseball articles compiled by writers Chris Corso and Scott Cournoyer.

Congratulations to UMass baseball alum Mike Donato on being named the head baseball coach at Springfield Central High School. The following is from the East Hartford Gazette:

East Hartford's Michael Donato was recently named head varsity baseball coach at Springfield Central High School in MA.

After graduating East Hartford High School in 2006 where he was a standout student/athlete for coach Mike McDermott's successful Hornet teams and captain for Dan Lawrence's football team, Michael went on to UMass where enjoyed success on and off the field. He was a four year starter and senior captain for coach Mike Stone's Minutemen. While at UMass he was named to the Atlantic 10 All conference first team, A-10 All- Academic team and Lowe's Senior Class All-American Team.

Michael received his bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in education from UMass. He is currently employed as a social studies teacher at Springfield's South End Middle School.

Happy Birthday: Oct. 17- Adam Picard

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Happy birthday to Adam Picard of UMass baseball!

Adam Picard

Happy birthday to Brenden Cavallaro of men's track & field and Leif Sorenson of men's baseball!

Leif Sorenson

Happy Birthday: Sept. 26- Tom Conley

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Happy Birthday to senior baseball player Tom Conley!

Tom Conley

Happy Birthday to Nik Campero and Ron Wallace of baseball and Josh Gosselin of men's soccer!

Josh GosselinNik CamperoRon Wallace

The Virginian-Pilot: Torra Terrific Again

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Former Minuteman Matt Torra continued his stellar work for the Durham Bulls in his latest outing on the mound this past Sunday:
  

The Tides (55-87) went three up, three down six times against Bulls starter Matt Torra (5-1) in the penultimate game of the season Sunday night.

The 27-year-old acquired from Arizona in July baffled Tides batters up until the eighth inning. Torra struck out six and averaged an efficient 10 pitches per inning through seven innings as Tides batters constantly swung on the first pitch. Durham improved to 10-1 when Torra starts.

"He's got a nice little slider," Tides manager Gary Allenson said. "He gets ahead with something else and throws that slider up there, and it's a tough pitch to lay off of."

Torra retired 13 straight batters between shortstop Carlos Rojas' single in the third and Hughes' stand-up triple to start the eighth. After the triple, second baseman Brendan Harris reached first base on a hit-by-pitch and catcher John Hester doubled, scoring Hughes, before Dane De La Rosa relieved Torra.

Hester left the game with an injury following the double. He had two of the Tides' four hits against Torra, which may not be a coincidence. In 2007, Hester caught Torra when the two were with the Arizona Diamondback's Class A-Advanced affiliate Visalia.

"I would think it would help you a little bit if you caught the guy before," Allenson said. "You get an idea of how he works and what his stuff does."

Read more from The Virginian-Pilot

Gedman Called Up To Double-A Portland For Season Finale

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UMass' own Matt Gedman had the opportunity to play the 2011 season finale with the Red Sox's double-A affiliate, the Portland Sea Dogs, last night, getting the starting nod at third base.

Gedman was 0-3 in the contest in an 8-3 loss to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats but finished his first season of professional ball with a .234 batting average (46-for-197), five doubles, one triple, three home runs, 18 runs scored and 17 RBI combined across three different teams.

Gedman began the season with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox before being promoted to the short season-A Lowell Spinners in late July.

Torra Now 4-1 With Durham Bulls

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Former UMass hurler Matt Torra pitched six shutout innings and struck out three in game two of a doubleheader against the Charlotte Knights yesterday.

The Bulls swept the Knights Sunday at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, winning 4-3 in eight innings and then 3-0 in the nightcap in front of 10,015. Durham (77-57) reduced its magic number in the South Division to five and extended its lead to 3.5 games over Gwinnett, which comes to the DBAP Monday for a two-game series.

Torra started the year in Reno, where he had a 6.07 ERA before being traded to Tampa. He had a 6.86 ERA in his first four starts in Durham, but the 27-year-old righty has given up just nine runs in his last 39.2 innings and is 4-0 in his last six starts.

Torra credited pitching coach Neil Allen for making some mechanical adjustments, including moving him from the third-base side to the first-base side of the rubber and getting him more upright in his delivery. He gave up just four hits and no walks Sunday to lower his ERA to 3.81.

Read more of the recap from the Herald-Sun.

Several years before Mike Flanagan won his Cy Young Award with the Orioles in 1979, he was a riveting figure to watch on a baseball diamond.

As a student at the University of Massachusetts, I watched the Minutemen play a typically chilly April game against Maine in 1973. It was apparent that nobody really wanted to hit in the raw weather, and hardly anybody did.

Flanagan was running a 102 temperature with the flu but pitched anyway. He struck out 10 and allowed just two hits. But that wasn't the story.

Continue reading Remembering Flanagan's Glory Days, written by UMass alum Tom FitzGerald from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Eagle Tribune: Baseball Bond Runs Deep For Gedmans

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The two men stood side by side just in front of the Lowell Spinners dugout, longtime Red Sox catcher Rich Gedman resting his hand on the shoulder of son Matt as he passed along a few words of advice.

"It feels like old times," said Rich Gedman. "I use to drag him to the ballpark and throw him pitches, and watched all of his Little League games. Now he is following his dream."

At 22 years old and now noticeably taller than his dad, Matt Gedman still listened closely to his father's advice, just as he has done his entire baseball life.

"On the field he is coach," said Matt. "But off the field he is just dad. To see him every day, to be around him is amazing. He's been working with me since I was a little kid."

Little League has now been replaced by professional baseball, but the two Gedmans again find themselves in the same dugout, father and son donning the uniform of the Lowell Spinners.

Read more of Baseball Bond Runs Deep For Gedmans from the Eagle Tribune.

Remembering Mike Flanagan

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UMass Hall Of Fame Pitcher Mike Flanagan Passes Away

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The UMass community was saddened to learn this evening of the passing of UMass Hall of Fame pitcher Mike Flanagan. He was 59.

Flanagan lettered for the UMass baseball team in 1972 and 1973, earning first team All-Yankee Conference and first team All-New England honors in 1973 before turning professional. Flanagan went 9-1 with a 1.52 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 1973, to lead the team in all three categories. His nine wins and .900 winning percentage set school single season records at the time. He received the E. Joseph Thompson Memorial Trophy as the team's MVP in 1973, after leading the team to an overall record of 21-9-1, including a trip to the NCAA Tournament and the Yankee Conference championship.

Flanagan had a career ERA of 1.19 and a career winning percentage of .923 (12-1), which are both still the best marks in school history. He also played in the outfield while at UMass, hitting .320 with six homers and 29 RBIs in 128 career at-bats.

After he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 1973, Flanagan went on to pitch 18 seasons in the major leagues with the Orioles (1975-1987, 1991-1992) and Toronto Blue Jays (1987-1990). He had a career record of 167-143 with 1,491 strikeouts and a 3.89 ERA in 2,770 innings pitched, and won the 1979 American League Cy Young Award for the Orioles, going 23-9 with 190 strikeouts and a 3.08 ERA in 265-2/3 innings. Flanagan pitched over 200 innings seven times in his major league career, including four straight years from 1977-1980. He won 12 or more games in a season eight times during his major league career, struck out 100 or more batters six times, and was a member of the Baltimore Orioles 1983 World Championship team.

A native of Manchester, N.H., Flanagan received his degree from the UMass School of Education in 1975, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000.

Since 2010, Flanagan had served as a color analyst on Orioles telecasts for Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.

Happy Birthday: August 24- Glen Misho

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Happy birthday to Glen Misho of UMass Baseball!

Glen Misho

Vote For Matt Gedman: Favorite Spinner Video Campaign

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Make sure to head over to the Lowell Spinners' YouTube page and vote for former Minuteman Matt Gedman in the "2011 Favorite Spinner Election". Check out Matt's campaign video:

Clegg Earns Win Out Of Pen For P-Nats

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Former UMass left-hander Mitchell Clegg picked up the win out of the bullpen for the Potomac Nationals last night, a 4-3 victory over the Winston-Salem Dash. 

Clegg allowed one run on two hits with no walks and two strikeouts in 2.2 innings of work. He is currently 4-5 on the season with a 5.22 earned run average over 79.1 innings in 25 appearances with 25 walks to 36 strikeouts.

Copa Off To Hot Start As A Pro

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In limited action since signing a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last month, UMass baseball alum Peter Copa has hit safely in all three games he has appeared in with the Arizona League Angels.

This past Sunday against the Rangers, he had his first career multi-hit game as a pro, going 2-for-4 with a triple, a walk, a stolen base and a run scored.

Copa is currently hitting .364 (4-for-11) wth an RBI and three runs scored.

Matt Gedman Promoted To Short Season A Lowell

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Congratulations to our own Matt Gedman, who was promoted from the Gulf Coast League Red Sox at the end of last week to the Short Season A Lowell Spinners of the New York Penn League. In 31 games in the Gulf Coast League, he hit .282 with five doubles, a triple, two home runs, 15 RBI and 14 runs scored.

Gedman, who is now playing for his father, former Red Sox catcher Rich Gedman who is the Spinners' batting coach, has played in three games since joining the team. He logged his first hit last night against the State College Spikes.

Another former Minuteman, Matt's brother Mike, was in action with his team, the Worcester Tornadoes last night, as well. Mike threw a perfect inning of relief, but the Tornadoes came up short against the Rockland Boulders, 8-2.

Leigh Earns First Win With Everett

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Former UMass right hander Bryan Leigh pitched last night as the Everett AquaSox closed out the first half of the season with a 4-2 win over the division champion Eugene Emeralds.

Leigh (1-2) pitched 22/3 innings of scoreless relief to record his first win of the season for the Frogs. He currently holds a 2.92 earned run average in 12.1 innings over seven appearances with five walks and nine strikeouts and an opponent batting average of .205.

Former UMass hurler Matt Torra will again be the host for the seventh annual Conor Dillon Memorial Golf Tournament this October 1 at the Waubeeka Golf Links in Williamstown, Mass., with proceeds benefitting Pittsfield Little Leagues and the Girls' Softball League.


The tourney has donated over $40,000 in the past six years to fund the sandlot needs of local youth. Last fall, over $12,500 was raised and used to buy - among more traditional items like bats, balls and bases - a hot water heater and slush machine for the South Little League concession stand plus bullpen fencing, bleachers and a batting cage net for the West Little League. And, participants in the Girls Softball League this spring honed their batting eyes with the use of a new fast-pitch batting machine as well as a new soft toss system.


Besides the lights, lawn mowers, tarps, scoreboards and other initiatives to improve the local playing fields over the years, the tournament has also established a scholarship fund for students of the culinary arts - a passion of Torra's childhood friend Conor Dillon for whom the tournament is named.


Click here to register for the event and to view sponsorship opportunities.

The text message received from Matt Torra Thursday morning was written with a sense of surprise.

"Who would have thought Bateman and I on the same team. The Durham Bulls," is what the text message said.

The Bateman in question is Joe Bateman, who has returned to Durham to join a Bulls' pitching staff that Torra is a member of.

"Two kids from the same high school team pitching on the same [minor league] team -- that's crazy," Pittsfield High baseball coach Bob Moynihan said. "That's just unbelievable."

Torra was traded to the Tampa Bay organization from the Arizona Diamondbacks, and was put into the starting rotation at Durham. He is still seeking his first win. Bateman, who spent the last two years with Durham, was released by Class AA Midland (Texas League) on Tuesday and signed with the Rays on Wednesday. Tampa Bay assigned him back in Durham.

"It was a complete surprise" to see Bateman in the Bulls' clubhouse in Rochester, N.Y., Torra recalled. "We hadn't touched base yet.

"I was starting so I came to the field later. I show up and he's in the locker room. It was pretty cool to see him and now to play with another Pittsfield guy, it doesn't happen too often."

Read more of Howard Herman's Pittsfield High School graduates are members of the Durham Bulls pitching staff from the Berkshire Eagle.

Gedman Leading GCL Red Sox In Hits

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A month into his professional career, UMass' Matt Gedman is among the top hitters for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox.

Through 21 Games, Gedman is tied for the team lead with 18 hits, is tied for second in doubles (4) and is fourth in RBI (8) and on base percentage (.306).

The second baseman is hitting .234 in 77 at bats. 
Former UMass lefty Mitchell Clegg tossed two perfect innings of relief for the Potomac Nationals last night as the squad rallied from a 4-1 deficit to win 6-4 in 10 innings against the Frederick Keys.

Clegg pitched the sixth and the seventh, striking out two in his 16th appearance of the season. He has thrown 55.0 innings to date and holds a 4.91 ERA with 22 walks and 22 strikeouts.

Torra Debuts With Durham Bulls

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In his first outing since being traded to the Tampa Bay Rays' organization, Matt Torra started for the Durham Bulls last night against the Norfolk Tides.

Torra threw five innings and allowed three runs on six hits, walked none and struck out four, but did not earn a decision in the Bulls' 11-5 win. All three runs came in the first as he followed up with four shutout frames.

Following this five-games stint against Norfolk, the Bulls will be making a trip to New England to face the Pawtucket Red Sox, July 14-17.

Torra Debuts With Durham Bulls

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In his first outing since being traded to the Tampa Bay Rays' organization, Matt Torra started for the Durham Bulls last night against the Norfolk Tides.

Torra threw five innings and allowed three runs on six hits, walked none and struck out four, but did not earn a decision in the Bulls' 11-5 win. All three runs came in the first as he followed up with four shutout frames.

Following this five-games stint against Norfolk, the Bulls will be making a trip to New England to face the Pawtucket Red Sox, July 14-17.

Matt Torra Traded To Tampa Bay

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Former Minuteman Matt Torra was traded over the holiday weekend, going from the Arizona Diamondbacks' organization to the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations. Torra, who was 4-2 this season as a member of the Triple-A Reno Aces with a 6.07 earned run average in 15 games has been assigned to the Durham Bulls' (AAA).

Locally, CBS 3 had coverage of the move: Howard Herman also had a nice piece on the Pittsfield native in Sunday's Berkshire Eagle.

Happy Birthday Kyle Multner!

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Happy birthday to Kyle Multner of UMass baseball!

Kyle Multner

Berkshire Eagle: Paronto Powers Colonials To Victory

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Chad Paronto lost his first three starts for the Pittsfield Colonials, but kept on saying that things would get better. This must be what he meant.

The right-hander (3-3) won his third straight start to even his record as the Colonials rallied to beat the Newark Bears 5-3 on Tuesday.

Paronto went six innings Tuesday, giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits. T.J. Wink, the fourth Pittsfield pitcher, threw a 1-2-3 ninth for his first professional save.

In his last three starts, Paronto has pitched 20 2/3 innings and has given up four earned runs on 18 hits, for an earned-run average of 1.75. That compares most favorably with the righty's first three starts, where he gave up 14 earned runs in 16 innings and had an ERA of 7.88.

On Tuesday, Paronto walked only two and struck out seven. He threw 112 pitches, 72 for strikes.

Read more from the Berkshire Eagle.

Father's Day Feature On Matt Torra

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The Reno Gazette-Journal ran a nice Father's Day piece yesterday, featuring former Minuteman Matt Torra.

Torra, who took the mound in Las Vegas for the Aces against the 51s yesterday, celebrated his first Father's Day. Torra and his wife Jessica welcomed their daughter Isabel into the world nine months ago.

"Having a kid now has really put a lot of things in perspective for me," Torra said. "After a good game you go up and see your family and my daughter's like, 'Hey, let's go play. I don't care what you did on the field.' And it goes the other way, too. If you have a bad outing and you go up after the game and you see her, she smiles at you and it makes you just forget about it."

In his outing yesterday, Torra went four innings and allowed eight runs on 14 hits and struck out two. Reno rallied late, though, as the Aces went on to win 12-9 after scoring five runs in the eighth.

Paronto Tosses First Career Complete Game Shutout

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Chad Paronto pitched the first complete game shutout of his 16-year professional career in game one of a doubleheader as the Pittsfield Colonials defeated the New Jersey Jackals 9-0 on Wednesday.

He threw 87 pitches, on the night, 63 of them strikes. He did not walk a batter and struck out four for the win. Paronto (1-3) allowed six hits, with no walks and six strikeouts in his first complete game since July 9, 2000.

Read more of the recap from the Berkshire Eagle.

Globe: Gedman Set To Sign

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Framingham's Matt Gedman, the Red Sox' 45th-round draft pick out of the University of Massachusetts and son of former Sox catcher Rich Gedman, reported to the team's minor league complex in Fort Myers yesterday and is expecting to sign today after taking his physical. Gedman, who can play several infield positions, had a .334 career average in four seasons at UMass. He was a starting third baseman in the recent New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association All-Star Game. "It's definitely exciting and now it's time to hopefully take advantage of my opportunity,'' said Gedman, who most likely will be assigned to the Sox' Gulf Coast Rookie League team.

Read the full Red Sox Notebook on Boston.com

Bryan Leigh Assigned To Everett AquaSox

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Former UMass hurler Bryan Leigh is about to begin his second season in professional baseball and will be pitching for the Everett AquaSox this summer, the short season A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, who announced their opening day roster yesterday. He is joined by three more former Atlantic 10 pitchers: Cameron Hobson (Dayton), Cody Weiss (La Salle) and Max Krakowiak (Fordham).

Leigh, who signed with the Seattle Mariners' organization last summer as a free agent, was 2-0 with a 1.71 earned run average over 21.0 innings with the Pulaski Mariners in 2010. He registered three saves in his 12 appearances, as well, with 19 strikeouts to just six walks and an opponent batting average of .203.

The AquaSox open their season this Friday, Jun. 17, on the road against the Tri-City Dust Devils.

Happy Birthday Aaron Zaleznik and Joe Popielarczyk

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Happy birthday to UMass Baseball's Aaron Zaleznik and Joe Popielarczyk!

Aaron ZaleznikJoe Popielarczyk

ESPN Boston: Another Gedman With The Red Sox

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Marty Dobrow has a great piece on ESPNBoston.com about the Red Sox signing UMass' Matt Gedman. Dobrow mentions the possibility of Gedman being placed with the Lowell Spinners where his father, Rich, is the hitting coach. Rich also played for the Red Sox where he was a two-time All-Star catcher.
The New England Collegiate baseball league opened last night with current UMass catcher Tom Conley helping the Keene Swamp Bats to a 7-0 win in a rain-shortened contest against the Vermont Mountaineers. Conley hit fifth in the order and was 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

On the day his younger brother was drafted, former Minuteman hurler Mike Gedman unfortunately took the loss for the Worcester Tornadoes after walking the leadoff hitter on a 3-2 pitch in the eighth inning vs. Chad Paronto's Pittsfield Colonials. The Colonials rallied for a 6-4 win.

Finally, Matt Torra will be on the bump tonight as the Reno Aces open a four-game series against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Torra will put his 4-0 record on the line against Sky Sox RHP Esmil Rogers (0-0, No ERA), who is on a Major League rehab assignment.

Coverage Of Matt Gedman's Draft Selection

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"Matt Gedman still had hope on Wednesday, when the First-Year Player Draft shifted to its final day.

The Framingham, Mass., native and senior at University of Massachusetts  thought there was a chance his name might get called somewhere toward the end of the Draft. He was incredibly nervous, so he traveled down to Cape Cod with some buddies to relieve stress the best way he knew how -- playing baseball.

 When Gedman got to his car and saw all the missed calls on his cell phone, he figured something had happened.

Gedman -- a 6-foot-2, 205-pound infielder -- became the 45th-round pick of the Boston Red Sox, his favorite team growing up, and one of the clubs for which his father Rich played during his Major League career." Continue Reading on MLB.com.

Matt Vautour also caught up with Gedman: Red Sox draft UMass third baseman Matt Gedman

Ron Chimelis had this piece on Masslive.com, as well.

Gedman's draft selection was mentioned by many other media outlets, including these:
NESN: Rich Gedman's Son Among Those Selected by Red Sox on Final Day of MLB Draft

CSN: Sox take three locals on day three of the draft

Portland Press Herald: Exposito called up to Boston; Sox draft a Gedman

Providence Journal 

Boston Globe


With the New England Collegiate Baseball League kicking off its season tonight, summer ball is getting underway. Several of the Minutemen will be starting action over the next few days.

In the NECBL, junior catcher Tom Conley will be returning for a second stint with the Keene Swamp Bats. They open tonight vs. the Vermont Mountaineers in Keene, N.H., at 6:30 p.m.

Freshman shortstop Josh Messier is also playing in the NECBL for the New Bedford Bay Sox. New Bedford begins its season this Friday, June 10, on the road against the Sanford Mainers.

Freshman outfielder Kyle Adie will be a part of the inaugural season of the Futures League, playing for the the Nashua Silver Knights, who open up on Friday on the road vs. the Torrington Titans.

Sophomore Aaron Zaleznik is beginning his second season with the Elmira Pioneers of the newly-formed Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. The right hander will begin his summer with the Pioneers tomorrow night, Thursday, Jun. 9, as the squad hosts the Cooperstown Hawkeyes.
CBS 3's Ezra Broder recently interviewed UMass baseball head coach Mike Stone for a feature on the use of metal bats vs. wood bats.

Watch the piece here:

Torra Tosses Gem In 3-2 Aces Win, Now 4-0

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Former Minuteman Matt Torra had a great outing over the weekend as he pitched the Reno Aces to a 3-2 win over the Salt Lake Bees on Saturday.

Torra (4-0) scattered just seven hits and struck out four en route to his third quality start in his last four outings. The right-hander surrendered just one base on balls.

The game was covered by kolotv.com and AZ Snakepit, as well.

Through 11 starts, Torra holds a 4.64 earned run average with one complete game. In 64.0 innings pitched, he has fanned 29 batters, while walking 16.
The 37th Annual New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) All-Star Game was held Thursday night at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass. UMass' Peter Copa was instrumental in helping the University Division come back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth, 3-3. The game ended in a tie after the scheduled nine innings were completed.

Copa entered in the sixth inning, replacing Rhode Island's Tom Coulombe at first base and was 2-for-2 with a double. Part of the University Division's two-run rally in the eighth, Copa's double moved Garret Smith of Boston College to third, setting up a sacrifice fly by Quinnipiac's Kyle Nisson. Copa then came home for the game-tying third run on an RBI double by URI's Greg Annarummo.

Matt Gedman started for the University Division team at third base and was 0-for-2 with a walk.
Seniors Peter Copa and Matt Gedman will be representing UMass in the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association's (NEIBA) 37th annual All-Star Game tonight at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass., at 7 p.m.

Division I players from across the region will make up the University Division Team, while The College Division Team is made up of 13 Division II standouts and 16 Division III seniors all-stars.

Tickets will cost $5 and can be purchased when the gates open at 6 p.m.

Clegg Mentioned In SteepleCats Pro Alumni Update

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Former UMass hurler Mitchell Clegg is mentioned in this piece from iberkshires.com on the North Adams SteepleCats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League and the team's 74 alumni who have gone on to play professionally.

Clegg, who played for the SteepleCats in the Summer of 2008, is 2-3 in eight starts for the Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League.

Torra Improves to 3-0, Reaches 500 Career Ks

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Congratulations to former UMass pitcher Matt Torra, who hit a milestone last night as he improved to 3-0 on the season after pitching the Reno Aces to a 7-2 victory over the Round Rock Express.

Torra held the Express to two runs on seven hits in seven innings on the mound with a season-high six strikeouts and two walks. His first K of game was the 500th of his professional career.

Through 52.0 innings over nine starts, Torra currently holds a 4.67 ERA with 12 walks and 23 strikeouts.

An Entertaining Blog Entry On Paronto

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Dan Hoard's, tv/radio broadcaster for the Pawtucket Red Sox, latest blog post is an interesting read on former PawSox pitcher, UMass' own, Chad Paronto, who will be making his debut with the Pittsfield Colonials this thursday night as the team's opening night starter.

"The 35-year-old pitcher, who has appeared in 177 major league games with the Orioles, Indians, Braves, and Astros, has agreed to come out of retirement to be a player/coach for the Colonials. Chad lives in Pittsfield with his wife and two children.

'I really wanted to coach-slash-teach,' Paronto said.  'I guess I'm called the pitching coach, but I just want to teach guys how to pitch a little bit, and share some of the ideologies that I've come across in the 16 years that I've played.  I think it's going to be exciting...and the stadium is only about eight-tenths of a mile from my house.'

Read more on Heard It From Hoard

In today's Globe South Sports Notebook, Marvin Pave highlights the crop of Quincy, Mass., natives who are currently playing Division I baseball, including UMass juniors Glen Misho and Tom Conley.

"'Quincy has never had so many Division 1 collegiate players at one time,' said Bob Griffin, a Senior Babe Ruth coach who has been active in various leagues in the city the past 15 years.

He said he believed the city had only two other Division 1 players over the past 15 or 20 years, pitchers Keith Doherty at UMass and John Folino at UConn."

Continue reading: Quincy stars shine in Division I baseball.

Jeff Reardon set major league baseball's all-time saves record. Mike Flanagan won the Cy Young. Former football recruit Ron Villone pitched in the bigs for 15 years. Matt Torra was a first-round pick in 2005.

So junior Leif Sorenson of Bradford should be proud to set the school record for career saves. Even if it is just 12.

"It was definitely a goal," said Sorenson, who has done it in just two years, as he transferred from Vermont, after the Catamounts dropped baseball. "It's not a lot so I'm trying to smash it."

Continue reading more of Michael Muldoon's column, Our College Stars, which also mentions UMass sophomore Dennis Torres.

UMass' Torra In Action On Friday Night For Reno

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UMass baseball alum Matt Torra started on the mound for Reno on Friday night, but did not factor in the decision as the Albuquerque Isotopes posted their second-straight walk-off win over the Reno Aces, 7-6, at Isotopes Park.

Torra threw six innings and allowed three runs on six hits with no walks and four strikeouts. He is currently 2-0 on the season through eight starts with a 5.00 earned run average in 45.0 innings pitched with 10 walks and 17 strikeouts.

UMass baseball's own Mitchell Clegg fired his best outing of the year and Potomac knocked off Lynchburg 6-2 from City Stadium on Friday night.

The Woburn, Mass., native improved to 2-2, only allowing four hits and never dealing with any significant jams. The one run he allowed came in the first inning when he hit lead-off man Todd Cunningham and then gave up a double to Phil Gosselin two batters later. Cunningham came all the way around from first to score, but by that point, Potomac had all the runs it needed.

Read more of the recap on MiLB.com.

Clegg's performance is also mentioned on dcprosportsreport.com and on insidenova.com

Through seven starts this season, Clegg has thrown a total of 36.2 innings with 11 walks, 16 strikeouts and a 4.66 earned run average.

Republican: Former Minuteman is now a Colonial

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Bill Buckner won't be the only former big leaguer in town Saturday when the Brockton Rox meet the Pittsfield Colonials in a Can-Am League exhibition at Forest Park (2 p.m.)

Buckner's the major celebrity as manager of the Rox. As for the Colonials, they have Chad Paronto, a former University of Massachusetts pitcher who spent parts of seven seasons in the majors as a middle reliever.

Paronto, 35, has a dual role as pitcher and pitching coach.

Read more o Garry Brown's article on MassLive.com

UMass' Ben Hart Part Of High School Baseball History

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This afternoon, weather permitting, the Portsmouth High School baseball team will attempt to win the program's 76th straight game when it plays at Pembroke Academy. 

That would set a new national high school record for consecutive victories, one more than Homer (Mich.) High School won during its run in 2004-05.

Portsmouth's streak began with the 2008 season when current UMass junior hurler Ben Hart led the team to a 23-0 record and the New Hampshire Class I State Championship, going 9-0 on the mound with 64 strikeouts. Hart was named the New Hampshire Class I Co-Player of the Year that season.

Read Jim Halley's article in USA Today, which mentions Hart.


Happy Birthday: May 17 - Keane, Merkulov, Torres

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On May 17, we celebrate a trio of birthdays: senior hockey player Brian Keane sophomore swimmer Alexander Merkulov and sophomore baseball pitcher Dennis Torres.

Brian Keane  Alexander Merkulov  Dennis Torres

Solid Outing For Clegg, P-Nats Walk Off With Win

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UMass' Mitchell Clegg drew the start for Potomac on Sunday against the Wilmington Blue Rocks and though he did not get the win, Clegg kept the P-Nats in the game, yielding just a run on five hits through 5 1/3 innings.

He was helped by his defense which turned a double play and caught a runner trying to steal. Josh Smoker relieved Clegg with one out in the sixth and was helped by a spectacular diving catch in right field by Hood and a brilliant stab of a grounder and strong throw to first by Francisco Soriano.

The P-Nats won on a walk-off single in the ninth, a 5-4 victory.

Clegg scattered five hits, walked one and struck out two in his outing. He is now 1-2 on the year through six starts with a 5.46 ERA.

Read the entire game recap here: Walk-off single leads Potomac Nationals to victory
Baseball picked up a come-from-behind win vs. Fordham this afternoon, downing the Rams in extra innings after scoring twice in the ninth to extend the contest. Check out the highlights and postgame interviews.


Catching Up With Nick Gorneault

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Recently had the opportunity to catch up with former UMass outfielder Nick Gorneault who spent 10 years playing minor league ball and is now a scout for the Los Angeles Angels. Check out the video interview:

Torra & Clegg In Action On Monday In The Minors

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Former Minutemen hurlers Matt Torra and Mitchell Clegg drew starts on the mound for their respective clubs on Monday night.

Torra threw a seven inning complete game two-hitter, collecting a win as the Reno Aces swept a doubleheader against the Salt Lake Bees. He allowed two runs, walked one and struck out two en route to the 3-2 victory. Torra is now 2-0 on the season with a 4.50 ERA, throwing 34 innings over six starts with nine walks and 12 strikeouts.

Clegg started, but did not factor into the decision for the Potomac Nationals who fell to the Winston-Salem Dash, 5-3 on the road. The former UMass lefty tossed five innings and allowed two runs on six hits, while walking one and striking out three. He is currently 1-2 on the year with a 6.29 ERA in five starts for a total of 24.1 innings with eight walks and 12 Ks.

Matt Torra Scheduled To Start Tonight For Reno

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Former Minuteman Matt Torra is scheduled to make his fifth start of the season tonight as the Reno Aces take on the Las Vegas 51s.

Torra is currently 1-0 with a 4.29 ERA in 21.0 innings, five walks and 10 strikeouts.

Live audio is available through the MiLB.com web site.

Daily Collegian Recap Of Beanpot Victory At Fenway

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With the opportunity to play in the illustrious Fenway Park, the Massachusetts baseball team elevated its game to finish off Northeastern in the heart of Boston Tuesday, as the Minutemen (13-21, 5-7 A-10) defeated Northeastern (12-25) 4-2 in the Beanpot consolation game.

UMass coach Mike Stone said after that game that while playing at Fenway "is a treat" for everyone involved, it's even more of a treat if the team plays well and gets victories.

UMass did just that, getting on the board early by plating Anthony Serino after Peter Copa reached base on a throwing error by the shortstop. The Minutemen further capitalized on the Terrier miscue with a two-out triple to right field by Kyle Multner. The triple plated Copa and Tom Conley, who reached on a single.

Read more of Eric Mansfield's Minutemen defeat Northeastern at Fenway Park

Clegg Scheduled To Start For Potomac This Afternoon

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Former Minuteman Mitchell Clegg is slated to start for the Potomac Nationals this afternoon in the second game of a doubleheader on the road against the Frederick Keys. Game one is slated to begin at noon.

Clegg is currently 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA after pitching four innings in his 2011 debut last week, a 3-2 win over the Winston-Salem Dash.

Clegg Featured In Springfield Republican

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Mitch Clegg, the former University of Massachusetts pitcher, made some changes to his offseason conditioning program this past winter that he hopes will pay off as he pursues his dream of playing in the major leagues.

Instead of working out on his own, Clegg's new routine called for visiting Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning four times a week for 15 weeks. Other athletes who have sought out Boyle in the past include Nomar Garciaparra, Cam Neely, Ray Bourque and Rich Hill, a Boston native who pitched for the Red Sox in 2010.

"It is in Woburn, in my hometown, so I really had no excuse not to go," said Clegg, a minor league pitcher in the Washington Nationals' farm system. "I slimmed down and put on some muscle mass. I needed it. I feel as good as I have in a couple of years."

Read more of David Driver's Former UMass pitcher Mitch Clegg making strides in Nationals' farm system
After pitching seven season in the major leagues, Chad Paronto is coming home.

The 35-year-old city resident signed a contract with the Pittsfield Colonials in dual roles as pitching coach and starter.

Despite having been invited to spring training by multiple professional clubs, Paronto decided to hang up his professional career to be closer to his family.

"I know that I can pitch in the big leagues but that's the least of my concerns," Paronto said at a press conference Friday. "I chose to retire for my family."

Last season, Paronto led the Pawtucket Red Sox in appearances with 54 and posted a 4.22 ERA out of the bullpen. But at the end of the year, he said he began thinking of retiring in order to spend more time with his children.

Read more of Pittsfield Colonials Sign Former Major Leaguer

Baseball's Eric Fredette celebrates his birthday on April 17. The Minutemen finish their suspended game and take on Temple this afternoon.

The women's lacrosse team goes for the A-10 Regular-Season on Jackie Lyons  Birthday at McGuirk Stadium. 

Eric Fredette  Jackie Lyons

Clegg Starts, P-Nats Win Second Game Of Doubleheader

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Former Minuteman lefty hurler Mitchell Clegg made his first start of the 2011 season last night with the Potomac Nationals, and helped the team salvage a split of its doubleheader with a 3-2 game two victory.

Clegg did not earn a decision, but threw four innings and allowed two runs on four hits with one walk and three strikeouts in the seven-inning contest.

Mitchell Clegg Slated To Make P-Nats Debut Tonight

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UMass' own Mitchell Clegg is listed as the probable starting pitcher for the Potomac Nationals tonight as the P-Nats are slated to face the Winston-Salem Dash in a doubleheader tonight at 6:05 p.m.

Live audio is available via MiLB.com.

Clegg was 9-3 with the Hagerstown Suns last season and posted a 3.48 earned run average in 93.0 innings on the mound with 55 walks and 22 strikeouts.

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