Popielarczyk Named To All-Region Squad
June 21, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - Senior right-handed pitcher Joe Popielarczyk has been named to the American Baseball Coaches Association Northeast Region Second Team, the organization announced recently. Popielarczyk is the first Minuteman to earn an ABCA All-Region nod since Mitchell Clegg and Jim Macdonald were honored in 2009.
Popielarczyk adds to his list of 2012 accolades as he was previously named a New England Division I All-Stars first team selection, Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year, First Team All-Atlantic 10 and to the Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference Team.
With his 1.66 earned run average, which currently ranks seventh nationally, Popielarczyk 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 3.45 grade-point average as a Civil Engineering major, was honored as UMass' 2012 Male Spring Scholar Athlete 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.