Popielarczyk Earns A NEIBA First Team All-Star Nod
May 29, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass senior right-hander Joe Popielarczyk has earned a spot on the New England Division I All-Stars first team, the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) announced on Monday. Popielarczyk is now eligible to play in the 38th Annual NEIBA All-Star Game, which will take place next Monday, June 4, at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass., at 7 p.m.
Popielarczyk adds to his list of 2012 accolades as he was previously named Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year, First Team All-Atlantic 10 and to the Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference Team.
Popielarczyk is the sixth Minuteman to earn All-New England honors in the past five seasons. With his 1.66 earned run average, which currently ranks 10th nationally, he became just the second UMass pitcher to finish the season as the Atlantic 10 leader in ERA, joining Matt Torra, who did so in 2005.
In 12 starts, he allowed just 16 earned runs on 75 hits over 87 innings of work, en-route to a 6-2 record. He had two combined shutouts and one complete game, while limiting opponent batters to just 13 extra base hits (11 doubles, two home runs) and a .232 batting average. He logged 65 strikeouts to just 29 walks for a strikeouts-to-walks ratio of 2.2-to-1.
UMass went 8-4 in Popielarczyk's starts this season, including a pair of 2-1 losses, at #18 UCF and at Dayton. In the setback to the Flyers, Popielarczyk worked a career-high 9.1 innings.
He finished conference play with an A-10-best 1.16 ERA and a record of 5-1 in 62.1 innings on the mound. Popielarczyk fanned 48 batters in A-10 action to rank third in the league, while walking just 16. On Mar. 26, he was named Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the week after logging 13.1 consecutive shutout innings and striking out 10 in a complete game effort at Fordham.
Popielarczyk, who posted a 3.42 grade-point average as a Civil Engineering major, was previously honored as UMass' Male Spring Scholar Athlete earlier this month and was one of 51 players named to initial the watch list for national Pitcher of the Year by the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
The gate will open at 6 p.m. for the NEIBA All-Star Game. Cost of admission is $5.