After two-midweek games washed out, the UMass Lowell baseball team continues its conference play with a three-game series at Maine. The River Hawks took two out of three against the Black Bears last season, and are 6-12 all-time against Maine. The last time UMass Lowell was in Orono was the 2018 America East Championship, the first Division I postseason appearance for the program.
Oh, The Weather Outside is Weather
Both Tuesday and Wednesday’s contests were washed out marking the fourth time that the River Hawks have lost a game to the weather this season.
After his four-hit performance in the 11-8 win against UAlbany, Robert Gallagher was named the America East Co-Rookie of the Week. The infielder batted .571 on the week and recorded two RBI with four runs and three stolen bases, all coming in the win.
The Big 3-0
With his solo home run at UConn, Steven Passatempo (Medford, Mass.) become one of just three players in program history with 30 or more homers in their career. The senior currently ranks third all-time with his 30 long balls.
River Hawk Leaders
–Oscar Marchena paces the lineup with his .304 average, 34 hits, and 22 RBI
-The trio of Cam Climo, Passatempo, and Vinnie Martin have hit 10 of the team’s 14 homers
-Freshman Robert Gallagher has swiped 10 bases to rank third in the conference
–Gerry Siracusa leads the staff with his 2.93 ERA and Joshua Becker has 40 strikeouts out of the pen
-UMass Lowell is batting .246 with an 8.00 staff ERA
-The Black Bears are 4-22 overall with a 3-5 mark in conference play
-Hernen Sardinas is batting .280 and has 28 hits
-Danny Casals has connected on four home runs, while Joe Bramanti has driven in 12
-Trevor DeLaite leads the staff with his 3.00 ERA, while Cody Laweryson has 35 strikeouts
-Maine has a team .195 batting average with a 6.52 ERA
You Shall Not Pass
In the win against Marist, eight River Hawk pitchers combined to not allow a walk. This marks the first time that the opposing team has not recorded a free pass against UMass Lowell pitchers since May 19, 2018, against Stony Brook, a run of 24 games. The River Hawk hurlers accomplished the feat twice in 2018 and six times at the Division I era.
To The Fifth Power
In the series win at UMBC, UMass Lowell outscored the Retrievers 10-0 in the fifth innings. In the first two contests, the River Hawks were up 3-2 and tied 2-2, before scoring five and four runs in the fifth inning, respectively.
Following posting a .583 batting average in the UMBC series, Michael Young was named the America East Player of the Week on March 26. Including a 5-5 day at the plate in the River Hawks’ second win of the series, Young recorded a 1.167 slugging percentage, four runs and drove in a pair.
My Cousin Vinnie
Sophomore Vinnie Martin led UMass Lowell at the plate in the George Washington series, picking up six hits, six runs and drove in six runs. Martin also connected on two home runs and recorded five RBI in the River Hawks’ 12-1 victory on March 9. He was named the America East Player of the Week, as well.
With his eight strikeouts in 4.2 innings at North Carolina, Joshua Becker earned his first career America East Rookie of the Week award.
The River Hawks rank third in the conference with 144 runs scored, including 106 since the first 10 games of the season.
In the Hole
The River Hawks were voted to the third spot in the America East Coaches’ Preseason Poll, marking the highest selection for the program since joining the conference.
Current hitting streak – Andrew Roden: 4 games
Current reached base streak – Cam Climo: 22 games
Season-high hitting streak – Andrew Roden: 7 games
Season-high reached base streak – Cam Climo: 22 games
Let’s Try it Again
Last season, on April 21, in the win against Maine, UMass Lowell suffered only the second no-hitter in program history, with the first came in the opening game of 1977, snapping a streak of 1,730 straight games with at least one hit. The River Hawks have a current streak of 49 games with a hit since.
Party of One
Last season, UMass Lowell played in 16 one-run games, including 10 consecutive straight from March 16-31, marking the longest stretch in the nation. The River Hawks went 8-9 in such games in 2018.
UMass Lowell has recorded two Player of the Week awards (Martin, Young) and two Rookie of the Week accolades (Gallagher, Becker) … 11 players made their River Hawk debuts in the Arizona series.
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