AS A JUNIOR: Named to the Bell Atlantic-Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team ... Named to Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference Team... Led the team and ranked second in the A-10 in ERA (3.08)... Led the team with 12 starts, while tying for team lead with six wins and six complete games, and was second with 63 strikeouts... 4-3 with a 2.66 ERA (11 ER, 47.1 IP), six complete games and one shutout in seven A-10 regular season appearances (all starts), while holding A-10 opponents to a .263 batting average during the regular season... Picked off a team-high seven runners... Struck out at least four batters in 11 of his 12 starts... Picked up first win of season in 18-11 victory over Lafayette (3/19)... Earned complete game victory over Xavier (Apr. 10), allowing five hits and three runs (two earned), while striking out seven and walking none... Threw complete game, allowing one run on six hits while striking out five in 7-1 victory over Temple (4/17)... Named A-10 Pitcher of the Week (4/26), after coming one inning short of no-hitter, striking out eight in 1-0, two-hit shutout of Fordham (4/24)... Earned fifth victory of the season in 4-3 win at St. Joseph's (5/13), allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits, while striking out five... Earned the win in A-10 Tournament game against Temple (5/21), throwing seven innings, while allowing one earned run on three hits and striking out seven...
AS A SOPHOMORE: A GTE-CoSIDA Academic All-District I selection... Led the team with seven relief appearances and five games finished... Closed out St. Joseph's striking out three in the last two innings in the 5-0 win (4/5)... Earned first victory of the year against Vermont, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits with six strikeouts in seven innings of work (3/18)... Did not allow an earned run in four innings pitched against South Florida, striking out two (3/7)...
AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in 10 games, starting in five... Posted 27 strikeouts and only 14 walks in 37 innings... Second on team, holding opponents to a .270 batting average... Won three of his last five decisions in 1997... Struck out 19 batters in his last 25 innings pitched... Did not allow a home run in his first eight appearances (29.1 innings pitched)... Went 4-2/3 innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits while striking out four in his first collegiate start vs. Bucknell (3/22)... Came on in relief to earn his first collegiate victory, allowing one run on one hit in two innings in 14-8 win over Holy Cross (3/26)... Threw seven innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out four, while taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning of 8-6 win over Central Connecticut (4/23)... Had career-high eight strikeouts in 15-1 win over Vermont (4/29)...
BEFORE UMASS: Played both baseball and hockey at Nashoba Regional High School... Captained the baseball team as a junior and senior... Posted a 5-0 record with a 0.44 ERA and 83 strikeouts as a senior, while hitting .410... A member of the Massachusetts State All-Star Baseball Team his senior year and an All-Central League and all-state selection as a senior... Mid-Wachusett ?B? baseball most valuable player his senior year... Most valuable player of both the baseball and hockey teams as a senior...
PERSONAL: An Environmental Science major... Born October 28, 1978 in Concord, Mass.... Son of George and Joanne Veracka.
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