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Baseball Ready To Challenge In NEWMAC

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., March 10, 2003 - After finishing with an uncharacteristic 16-20 record in 2002, which included a 6-6 mark in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), head coach Mark Simeone is eager to get started with a new season in 2003.

“We are determined to improve after an underachieving season last spring,” said Simeone. “I am very confident in our ability to rebound this season.”

The Pride returns most of its top players including all-conference junior Toby Cole (Blue Hill, Maine) and NEWMAC rookie of the year Brian Royal (Orange, Mass.).

SC’s strong infield is anchored by a group of juniors. Cole, the team leader in batting average (.338) and home runs (three) a season ago, will reclaim his starting spot at shortstop with Dan Samia (North Adams, Mass.) at second and Dan Burton (Camdem, N.Y.) and Mark Farrell (Rockville, Conn.) splitting time at third. Senior power-hitter Brian Puchalski (S. Deerfield, Mass.), who was second on the team in RBI with 21, will start at first base and see some time on the mound.

Despite the graduation of his top reliever Nathan Jyringi, who led the team in ERA (3.38) last season, Coach Simeone still figures to have a couple aces up his sleeve. Royal, the team leader in wins in 2002 (four), Puchalski, seniors Rick Armstrong (W. Hartford, Conn.), Aaron Linder (Oneida, N.Y), juniors Todd Royce (Chester, N.H.), and Kevin Ludwig (Walpole, Mass.) all figure in the starting rotation.

In the outfield, senior center fielder Dan Abrahamson (S. Deerfield, Mass.), a second-team all-region player in 2001, drove in a team-high 28 runs while batting over .300 for most of the season and finishing at .292. Junior right fielder Marc Perecolosi (Granby, Conn.) earned his way into the starting lineup by being the Pride’s second leading hitter with a .300 average.

Two UMass transfers, catcher Anthony Gorneult (Springfield, Mass.) and outfielder John Beattie (Longmeadow, Mass.), should have an immediate impact on the team.
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