Here's to a great weekend! If you are looking for something to do on Sunday night, join us at the Basketball Hall of Fame for the 100 Seasons of Basketball Video Premier at 7 p.m. Expected to be on hand are all-time leading scorer Jim McCoy along with former players Tom McLaughlin, Ray Ellerbrook, David Bartley, Dick Eid, John Edgar as well as media members Ron Chimelis, Marty Dobrow and Matt Vautour. Looking ahead to Monday, hockey's Pond Club holds its annual golf outing at the Orchards in South Hadley. JTAM also has news from Inside Lacrosse on some of the top games of the season with several UMass mentions.
On opening night in the NECBL, UMass pitcher Jared Freni tossed six scoreless innings in the North Shore Navigators' 9-5 win over the Sanford Mainers. Freni, who recorded the decision for the Navigators, struck out nine of the 22 batters he faced in his start. Fellow Minuteman and North Shore teammate Kyle Multner walked twice and scored two runs.
Former UMass football player Korrey Davis plans to transfer to Liberty University, according to this story in Lynchburg, Va. Davis rushed the ball 50 times last season as a true freshman for the Minutemen. He would have to sit out the 2009 season as a transfer from one FCS to another.
Inside Lacrosse has a list of the 2009 season's top 10 exciting games. Listed at No. 8 was UMass' 11-10 overtime win at Rutgers which clinched an NCAA berth on a game-winning overtime goal by Tim Balise. Relive the gam with Eli Rosenswaike's blog from the contest. FYI, There were approximately 584 Division I games played this past spring.
IL also has a list of the top five best-played games of 2009. That list includes UMass' 10-7 loss at Princeton in the NCAA First Round. Terry Foy writes: In a first round tournament game that featured two excellent goaltenders, it was a defensive battle as expected in the Tigers' 10-7 win over the Minutemen in New Jersey on May 10.
The Bleacher Report has a look at Randy Johnson's 300th career win in baseball (Thursday at Washington). This piece includes comments from UMass Hall of Famer Gary Disarcina, the former major league infielder with the Angels.
UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Ever wondering how you can contact someone who works in the UMass Athletic Department? Use the staff directory page.
Don't miss this: Several UMass alums will be in action this weekend in pro sports including several lacrosse players in the MLL, other baseball players in minor league action and softball's Brandice Balschmiter with the Chicago Bandits of the Pro Fastpitch League. Check back Monday for some updates.
Thursday, June 4
A former UMass All-American football player will be starring in MTV's new "Real World Cancun" starting on June 24. Check out Christian "CJ" Koegel's profile on MTV.com, which mentions his football career at UMass. Just Take A Minute also has news on UMass basketball including a nice feature on early 2000s guard Anthony Anderson. JTAM also has news on the softball Brakettes featuring several players with UMass connections and the start of the NECBL summer baseball league.
CBS3 Springfield has a feature/video on this Sunday's 100 Seasons of Basketball Video Premier at the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Slam Online has a Q&A feature on former UMass point guard Anthony Anderson, who played a UMass from 2002-05.
NCAA Basketball's FanHouse has a ranking of the Top 25 coaches in men's college basketball. The list includes many of connections to UMass with Kentucky's John Calipari at No. 4 (UMass head coach 1988-96), Louisville's Rick Pitino at No. 7 (played at UMass 1972-74) and No. 25 Al Skinner of Boston College (played at UMass 1972-74). Also mentioned on the list as an "up-and-comer" is Oklahoma State's Travis Ford (UMass head coach 2005-08).
UMass Hall of Famer Ron Villone has moved to 3-0 with the Washington Nationals after picking up the win in the Nats 10-6 win on Tuesday night. Villone earned his third win since a May 7 recall from Triple-A Syracuse with 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Villone struck out two, didn't allow a baserunner and kept his ERA at 0.00. He has not been charged with a run in 16 appearances.
UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out:Photo galleries for all track and field athletes have been updated and posted.
Don't miss this: The NECBL schedule gets underway today with many UMass baseball players in action. Kyle Multner and Jared Freni will compete for North Shore tonight vs. Sanford while pitcher Mike Donato suits up for the Manchester Silkworms vs. the Newport Gulls.
Wednesday, June 3
Well at least UMass softball can say it was eliminated by the 2009 NCAA Champion as Washington captured its first-ever national title with a 3-2 win over top-seeded Florida on Tuesday night in Oklahoma City. Down the stretch ESPN's Beth Mowins, John Kruk and Jessica Mendoza spoke about the Huskies' epic 15-inning win at UMass in the Regionals which gave their national player of the Danielle Lawrie the confidence to lead the Huskies to the title. Just Take A Minute also has lots of news on UMass baseball players in action over the summer. Mike Gedman (pictured) had a stellar outing as starter in Michigan on Monday. Also in JTAM, Ron Chimelis has a story on basketball player Gary Correia.
In the Springfield Republican, Ron Chimelis has a story on Gary Correia, who considered leaving UMass, but is happy he has stayed on to play under Derek Kellogg.
Washington won the Pacific 10's 21st softball national championship with a 3-2 win over Florida last night. Washington's road to the title started in Amherst three weeks ago with two wins over UMass including that all-time 15-inning game on May 17. The Huskies were on the road for 20 days in a row starting with the trip to UMass.
With the summer baseball season just underway in the Northwoods League, Mike
Gedman has picked up right where he left off, following a stellar junior
campaign at UMass. The lefty first baseman/relief pitcher made his first
start on the mound for the Brainerd Lakes Area (Mich.) Lunkers on Monday
night and logged the win in the team's 3-2 victory over the Mankato
MoonDogs, holding the MoonDogs to two runs in 6.1 innings with no walks and
three strikeouts. According to the recap on Lunkersbaseball.com, Gedman had
a strong performance on the mound as he mixed up pitches and locations all
night to Mankato's hitters.
UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: The UMass football schedule has been updated to include the gametime for the opener at Kansas State: 7:10 p.. ET/6:10 p.m. CT (local).
Don't miss this: If you are looking for details on Sunday's 100 Seasons of UMass Basketball Premier Viewing Party, check it out here .
Tuesday, June 2
Today was a big day for basketball news in Springfield Republican. Check out three different stories from Ron Chimelis about the hoop team on the upcoming schedule, the 100 Seasons of Basketball viewing party on Sunday and the start of summer school for many of the incoming freshmen. If you joined us at the UMAA Golf Invitational for Scholarships yesterday, we hope you had a great time. On the topic of golf, UMass football coach Kevin Morris nailed a hole-in-one down at the CAA Football meetings in South Carolina yesterday. Way to go coach!
Chimelis also has a story on the 100 Seasons of Basketball DVD Viewing Party set for Sunday night at the Basketball Hall of Fame at 7 p.m. Among the former UMass players expected to attend the showing are: Jim McCoy (the school's all-time leading scorer), Ray Ellerbrook, David Bartley, Tom McLaughlin, John Edgar and Dick Eid.
More on basketball, head coach Derek Kellogg served as a VIP Judge for the Hadley Town Tractor show over the weekend.
According to College Sporting News, UMass football is No. 17 in their consolidated rankings drawing rankings of No. 14 from Athlon, No. 16 from The Sporting News and No. 17 from Any Given Saturday.
Former UMass football player and Bangor, Maine native Peter McCarthy was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame. He became an All-Yankee Conference linebacker and co-captain. Now 53, McCarty is a third-year defensive line coach for Western Michigan University.
According to Draft Express UMass' Tony Gaffney has improved his chances of possibly being drafted by moving up their list of the top power forwards. The list includes some of the biggest names coming out of college, like Oklahoma's Blake Griffin as well as some of the top European players. Gaffney was originally at the 28th ranked spot and has now moved up to #21. The NBA Draft is set for June 25th at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Vermont has released its 2009 field hockey schedule and among the Catamounts highlights is a meeting with UMass on September 26 at UVM. UMass went 16-4 last season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. This year will mark the sixth straight season the two teams have met.
UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: If you missed out on the UMAA Golf Invitational, you can still donate to the scholarship fundraising efforts at UMass by making a contribution.
Don't miss this: On Wednesday look for details on UMass baseball players set to be in action in summer leagues including action from the Cape Cod League, the NECBL and other leagues..
Monday, June 1
Happy June! But who brought the cold from February? Hopefully you are joining us today at the UMAA Golf Invitational for Scholarships at Crumpin-Fox Golf Club in Bernardstown, Mass. Registration starts at 10 a.m. with a Shotgun start at 11:45 a.m. With all the UMass action finished for 2009-10, Just Take A Minute has news and updates on several UMass alums in action in pro baseball and lacrosse. Also, JTAM has news on two UMass opponents: Washington softball and Boston College baseball, who made history in different ways over the weekend.
UMass lacrosse All-Americans faced off at the Chicago Bears' home Solider Field on Saturday as the Boston Cannons topped the Chicago Machine, 16-14. In the game, Sean Morris had a goal and three assists and Jack Reid had a groundball for the Cannons. On the Machine side, Kevin Leveille had two goals and two assists while Jake Deane had three groundballs.
UMass Hall of Famer Ron Villone continues to be one of the only bright spots for the Washington Nationals, MLB's worst team. Villone is the only pitcher on the team with an ERA under 3.97 and his is a sparkling perfect 0.00. He has not allowed in 15 appearances spanning 13.0 innings.
Former star pitcher Matt Torra, hurled a complete game shutout to help lead the Mobile BayBears to a 5-0 win over the Chattanooga Lookouts on Sunday evening. The game was the BayBears ninth straight win to set a record for the 13-year franchise.
The Washington softball team, which knocked UMass out of the NCAA Softball Tournament, defeated Georgia last night, 9-8 to advance to the NCAA Championship Series for the first time in school history. The Huskies will take on No. 1 Florida in a best-of-three set. Just hours after dropping a heartbreaking 9-8 decision to Georgia in nine innings, the Huskies bounced back Sunday night to send the Bulldogs home at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. The Huskies (49-12), who advanced to the championship game in 1996 and '99 when it was just a single game, will face No. 1 overall seed Gators, which eliminated Alabama, 5-4, on a walk-off grand slam. Both teams are looking for their first National Championship.
In the Seattle Times National Player of the Year Danielle Lawrie references the Huskies loss to UMass in comparing her team's day on Sunday.
The Boston College baseball team, which UMass beat this season, played the longest college baseball game in history, losing to No. 1 Texas, 3-2 on Saturday night/Sunday morning in 25 innings. The game last more than seven hours. The 25-inning game was the longest game in NCAA baseball history. The previous longest game was a 23-inning game played between Louisiana-Lafayette and McNeese State on March 27, 1971. ULL won the game 6-5. Also of note, Texas reliever Austin Wood threw 12.1 innings of no-hit ball in relief on 169 pitches. Just amazing!
UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: The men's lacrosse roster page has been updated to include final profiles for all players for the 2009 season.