|Induction Class of:||2013|
There have been numerous outstanding pitchers in the distinguished history of Western New England baseball and Jason Connelly ranks among best who have worn the Blue and White uniform. The crafty right-hander set a school record with 30 victories against only 10 losses during his remarkable four years with the Golden Bears. (That mark was tied two years ago by Matt Rogers.) At present he ranks first in innings pitched (295.2) and fewest walks per nine innings (1.25), and sixth in earned-run-average (2.50).
As a senior co-captain, Jason was selected to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Division III All-America First Team after compiling an 8-2 record and 1.75 RA with a team best .368 batting average. He also hit a team best .368 in 47 contests. Jason was voted both the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Pitcher of the Year and Tri Player of the Year in 2006 after sharing the league’s top pitching award the previous season. Jason twice was both a New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Division III and NCAA New England Championship All-Tournament selection, and a four-time All-GNAC pick. He was the GNAC Rookie of the Year in 2003. With Jason helping to lead the way, Western New England set a school mark with a 35-12 record in 2006 while winning the GNAC title for the second time in three years. The Golden Bears capped their best season ever in 38 years by placing third at the NCAA New England Regional Championship. The Scituate, Massachusetts native was the WNE Coca-Cola Male Athlete-of-the-Year as a senior. Jason finished with a career .298 batting average in 156 games. He played his final game as a member of the NEIBA Senior All Stars at Fenway Park. Jason earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s in Special Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2013. He is a Special Education teacher for the Brockton Public Schools. Jason and his wife Carla have a son Andrew who was born on May 14, 2013.