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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:

Gorneault Trading In Glove For Radar Gun

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Garry Brown leads off his latest column in the Springfield Republican with an update on UMass baseball alum Nick Gorneault:

It's time for Phase Two in the professional baseball career of Nick Gorneault.

This former Cathedral and UMass star gave it his best shot for 10 years in the minors. Now he's ready to move into a new role as northeast scout for the Los Angeles Angels.

"It was a blessing that I was able to play as long as I did," he said. "I had my dream, I reached the big leagues, if only for a short time, but I got there, and not many people can say that."

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Examiner Roundup of UMass Minutemen Playing Pro Baseball

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This past summer, seven former UMass baseball players were in action in the minor leagues, including Nick Serino and Bryan Leigh, who both spent their first summers in pro ball.

Serino and Leigh joined Mitchell Clegg, Matt Torra, Ron Villone, Chad Paronto, and Nick Gorneault as former Minutemen getting paid to play the national past time.

Check out this piece from, recapping the 2010 minor league season for all seven UMass baseball alumni.

Gorneault Leads The Bees Down Final Stretch

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Former UMass outfielder Nick Gorneault has 10 seasons of professional baseball under his belt but is still looking for his first championship.

"I've been on teams where we were close but it was just one or two plays that made the difference," recalled Gorneault. "Unfortunately for us they went the wrong way."

He hopes this Bees team is different.

Read more of this great feature on Gorneault from the Salt Lake Bees web site.

Gorneault Earns Triple-A Weekly Honor

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Former Minuteman outfielder and Springfield native Nick Gorneault was named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week on Monday.

Playing for the AAA Salt Lake Bees, Gorneault  batted .435 (10-for-22) with three home runs, three doubles and 10 runs batted in last week, helping the Bees overtake Tacoma in the Pacific Northern Division. The veteran outfielder finished the week with a flourish, going 8-for-12 with three homers and nine RBI in three weekend games, boosting his batting average from .196 to .221 in the process.

Nick Gorneault Earns Call-Up To AAA

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The Republican had a nice feature on UMass alum and local product Nick Gorneault over the weekend by freelancer David Driver. Gorneault, a member of the Anaheim Angels' minor league system, was recently recalled to the AAA Salt Lake Bees after a successful stint with the AA Arkansas Travelers. Last night, Gorneault was 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored in a 12-8 loss to New Orleans.

Clegg Featured In Springfield Republican

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The Springfield Republican has a sensational feature on UMass alum Mitchell Clegg. The 2009 alum is 8-1 this year with an ERA of 2.60 in 16 games, including nine starts, for Hagerstown. In 72.2 innings he allowed 69 hits and 15 walks with 43 strikeouts. The story also mentions UMass' other products in the minors: Matt Torra, Chad Paronto, Nick Gorneault and Doug Clark.
The Salt Lake Bees website has a story on its players earning college degrees while playing in the minors. Outfielder Nick Gorneault recently graduated with a degree in kinesiology from the University of Massachusetts. "It's kind of like sports medicine and exercise science," Gorneault said. Gorneault spent four years at UMass before being drafted by the Angels in 2001. Since then, he has been taking classes part time in the offseason to finish what he started. "I wanted to have that degree under my belt so I could broaden my opportunities of other things I can do," Gorneault said. "I am very happy that I went back to finish."

Gorneault Keys Salt Lake Bees Triple-A Win

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With the Salt Lake Bees, alum and Springfield native Nick Gorneault played a key role 5-3 win over Sacramento.

Nick Gorneault Smacks 3-Run Homer For Salt Lake

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Springfield native and UMass alum Nick Gorneault blasted a three-tun home run for the Salt Lake Bees in a 9-8 loss to Las Vegas on Friday. It was his third homer of the year.