Baseball falls in playoff final four

Zac Vierra- Co-editor-in-chief

After making it to the final four of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference tournament, the Lasell baseball season came to an end on April 27 in a 5-2 loss to Suffolk University.

It was a streaky season for Lasers, one in which the team ended with an overall record of 13-23. But Lasell’s 8-8 GNAC record was good enough to earn the team a four seed in the conference tournament.

The Lasers won their first round game against Albertus Magnus College, 5-3 to advance to the double-elimination stage of the tournament. The team would follow with a 6-3 loss to Johnson & Wales University before the season-ender against Suffolk.

Although the team did not win the GNAC tourney there were some positives in the 2013 season for the Lasers. Senior third baseman was named to the All-Conference second team, junior first baseman Billy Uberti was named to the conference third team, and senior infielder Jake Salkovitz was named to the GNAC Sportsmanship team. Stachura and pitcher Greg Sherman were named to the GNAC All-Tournament team.

Statchura led the Lasers in batting average, hitting at a .340 clip while Uberti led the team in RBI (19), doubles (10), and hits (37).

The team consisted of 20 underclassmen and before the season head coach Greg Har- jula stressed the importance of the 10 sophomores that returned for the 2013 season. This was especially true of the pitching staff which was anchored by sophomores Sherman, David Long (5-0, 2.89 ERA), and Kevin Post (28.2 innings pitched, 4.71 ERA).

Sherman, who pitched as a starter and out of the bullpen, pitched a team-high 39 innings and had a team-low 2.31 ERA. He also delivered one of the biggest highlights of the season when he tossed a no-hitter against Anna Maria College on April 14.

Luckily the future looks bright for the Lasell Baseball program as the team will only graduate three seniors, Salkovitz, Stachura, and pitcher Mike Rodriguez.

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