Current And Former UMass Baseball Hurlers Earn All-Star Nods
July 14, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - Former Minuteman Matt Torra's start in the double-A Southern League All-Star Game last night highlights a trio of current and former UMass baseball standouts to be named all-stars in their respective leagues this summer. Current Minutemen Nick Serino and Mike Gedman will play in upcoming all-star games in the NECBL and Northwoods summer leagues.
Torra, who pitched at UMass from 2003-2005, represented the Mobile BayBears in the Southern League All-Star Game on Monday night in Birmingham, Ala., as the starter for the South All-Stars. Though his squad dropped the game, 7-0, Torra was flawless in his inning on the hill, retiring all three batters he faced and recording two strikeouts.
Torra is currently 6-7 on the year with Mobile and has thrown 112.0 innings in 18 starts with two complete games and one shutout. He holds a 3.54 ERA and has struck out 64 batters, while walking 23.
A rising-junior left-handed pitcher for the Minutemen, Serino will represent the Lowell All-Americans in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) All-Star Game on July, 18, at 6:30 p.m., at MacKenzie Stadium in Holyoke, Mass.
Serino, who has been seeing action as a member of Lowell's starting rotation this summer, has compiled a 2-2 record with a 1.60 ERA in 33.2 innings of work. He has 35 strikeouts to 15 walks and has held opposing hitters to a .159 average. The southpaw was named the NECBL Co-Pitcher of the Week this past Monday after striking out twelve in a complete game five-hit shutout against Vermont on July 9.
Gedman is playing for the Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers and will be taking part in the Northwoods League All-Star Game as a member of the North Division All-Stars on Tuesday, July 21, in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
Gedman came out of the bullpen for UMass in 2009, but has transitioned to the role of starting pitcher for the Lunkers in addition to seeing spot time at first base/DH. In this new role, Gedman has flourished as he holds a 3-1 record and a 2.53 ERA. Over his 46.1 innings, spanning seven starts, Gedman has struck out 32 and walked just seven.