Posted: May 25, 2010
However, former Golden Bears' pitching ace Jason Connelly is a coach of the UMass Boston team that did win the title. He is now headed to the College World Series in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Connelly, a 2006 Western New England College graduate, serves as the pitching coach for the Beacons who captured the regional crown after being seeded seventh in the eight-team double elimination tournament.
UMB posted a 4-0 record in the event, including a 6-4 decision over the Golden Bears in a winner's bracket game.
UMass Boston, the Little East Conference champion, will play Linfield College (Ore.) Friday (May 28) at 2:15 p.m. in the first round of the NCAA Division III College World Series at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton.
Connelly enjoyed a tremendous career at Western New England College from 2003-06 compiling a 30-10 pitching record, which is the school record for wins. He ranks fourth on the school's list with a 2.50 ERA in 295.2 innings.
Connelly was the Western New England College Male Athlete-of-the-Year as a senior and an American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Division III All-America First Team selection. He was the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Pitcher-of-the-Year three times and twice an NEIBA Division III All-Star.
When not pitching, Connelly played second base finishing with a .298 batting average in 156 games (138 starts).
Connelly, who earned his bachelor's degree in Psychology, is in his second season on the Beacon's coaching staff. He is a native of Scituate, Massachusetts.