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River Hawks Hold No. 4 Seed in America East Championship

Lowell, Mass. – After another series win against UAlbany to close out the regular season, the UMass Lowell baseball team (25-28, 15-15 AE) will be the fourth seed for the America East Championship. The River Hawks open the postseason with a matchup against the fifth seed UMBC Retrievers (22-30, 11-19 AE) at 11:00 am on Wednesday, May 25 at Mahaney Diamond in Orono, Maine.

Series Info

Wednesday, May 25 vs. #5 UMBC (11 am)

Mahaney Diamond (Orono, ME.)

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Tournament Central

SERIES HISTORY vs. UMBC

First meeting: April 26, 2014 (UML, 5-1)
Last meeting: April 10, 2022 (UML, 6-9)

UMass Lowell is 19-12 against UMBC all-time. The River Hawks went 2-1 earlier this season against the Retrievers. UMass Lowell has also won five of the last seven meetings between the teams.

SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS

UMBC enter the tournament after falling 2-1 to the Binghamton Bearcats in their final series of the regular season. Myles Nicholson leads the team hitting .387 on the season with 48 runs, 70 hits and 18 extra base hits. He also leads the conference in hitting and second in on base percentage at .471 and total hits (70) this year. Drew Roberts has a team-high 38 RBIs this season. As a unit, the Retrievers sit third in the conference with a team batting average of .280 through 52 games.

LOOKING AT UMASS LOWELL

The River Hawks enter the postseason with another series win to end the regular season after taking down UAlbany 2-1 over the weekend. UMass Lowell has won seven of their 10 conference series this year. The team finished .500 in America East action and 25-28 overall. At home, the River Hawks held a 13-7 record while on the road, the team was 10-21 this season.

HIGH-POWERED OFFENSE

The UMass Lowell offense is one of the best in the league, sitting fourth in team batting average at .278 on the season. The River Hawks lead the conference with 369 runs, 512 hits and 331 RBIs as a unit. Senior Gerry Siracusa (Kinnelon, NJ) leads the team with 72 hits, 15 doubles, 59 RBIs and 121 total bases with a .543 slugging percentage over the year. Siracusa sits first in hits and second in the conference in hits through 52 appearances this season. Fellow senior Robert Gallagher (Mullica Hill, NJ) sits fourth in the conference in on base percentage at .464 and has tallied 46 runs and 54 hits for the River Hawks in 50 appearances. Six other River Hawks have recorded over 20 hits this year.

ON THE MOUND

The River Hawks lead the conference as a pitching core with a combined ERA of 5.59. Graduate student Ryan Tole (Westfield, Mass.) leads the team with 84 strikeouts in the year with a 3-6 record and a 5.92 ERA. Freshman LJ Keevan (Holden, Mass.) has a 5-4 record with a team-high 4.26 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 13 appearances on the mound. Senior Matt Draper (Lowell, Mass.) has a 4.29 ERA and leads the team with three saves on the season. Senior Joshua Becker (Burlington, Mass.) has struck out 72 hitters and has a 6-4 record with a 5.07 ERA in 18 appearances.

PLAYING LIKE VETS

Freshmen Brandon Fish (Londonderry, NH) and Jacob Humphrey (Standish, ME.) have been crucial to the River Hawks’ success this season, both offensively and defensively. In the field, the rookies boast fielding percentages of .939 and .957, respectively, and have combined for 142 put out this season. At the plate, Humphrey leads the team with a .337 batting average as well as 50 runs and three triples. He is 45-46 on stolen base attempts, leading America East and sitting second in the country in the category, as well becoming the program record holder for most stolen bases in a season. Brandon Fish is hitting .276 on the year and has tallied 59 hits and 48 RBIs. Fish earned America East Player and Rookie of the Week honors on May 9 for his stellar weekend against Maine. Freshman LJ Keevan has been a force on the mound all season. The rookie has a 4.26 ERA and a 5-4 record with 56 strikeouts at 13 starts. Keevan has wins over Central Michigan, College of Charleston, Hartford and UAlbany.

STOLEN GOODS

As a unit, the River Hawks have stolen 131 bases on 159 attempts this season. The team is fifth in the country in the category and first in the league. Jacob Humphrey leads the team going 45-46, sitting second in the country and first in the conference in stolen bases. Humphrey holds the program record for stolen bases in a season. Robert Gallagher is 36-41 on the year and holds the seventh spot in the country and third in the conference. Base-running has been very important to the River Hawks’ offense this year with several players converting on stolen base attempts. Gerry Siracusa is 15-19 Fritz Genther is 17-20 this season. Freshman Alex Luccini (Hopedale, Mass.) is also 6-9 on the year.

GOING YARD

UMass Lowell has hit a collective 45 home runs through 53 games in the 2022 campaign. Gerry Siracusa leads the way 10 homers while Fritz Genther has hit nine. Junior Cedric Rose (Pittsfield, Mass.) has hit eight over the fences while Robert Gallagher has six home runs. Brandon Fish and junior Ryan Proto (Centerville, Mass.) have hit four and three home runs, respectively.

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