After an exciting and successful spring break trip in Florida, the Lynx baseball team has not been cooled off by the harsh New England weather in the last couple of weeks. After posting a 7-2 record in the Sunshine State, the team has kept rolling, winning four of their first six games up north which includes a strong 4-1 start to their conference schedule.
Just fifteen games into the season, the team is off to the best start in program history already tallying eleven wins. No Lynx team in prior years has ever found themselves with more than six wins through this point in the schedule. At eleven wins the team is already eyeing the single season win record of nineteen games that was set by last year’s squad.
The team is proud of what they have accomplished so far as Sophomore Pitcher Dan O’Donnell said, “being a part of the team with the best start in program history is amazing. It’s incredible to think about how much the program has changed from a few years ago to now and how much it can continue to grow”.
Everybody on the roster has been doing their part and it has paid off. After winning two out of three games against conference opponent Newbury College, they followed up the next weekend by taking both games of a doubleheader on a cold night against Daniel Webster College. The team has already seen two individual accolades come their way as freshmen outfielders Steven DePalma and Matthew Warner have each earned New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Rookie of the Week honors. They are not the only ones performing however as Junior starting pitcher, Tom Muratore, has earned his title of ace by boasting a 4-0 record with a 1.61 ERA and fellow starting Junior Nick Iadevaio has won two games and saved one while sporting a 2.42 ERA. As far as the lineup goes, Senior captain Mike Slaby has led the team with 16 hits and Sophomore slugger Ryan Pumphret leads the team with 2 home runs and 10 runs batted in.
Although it has been mostly positive for the Lynx so far, they know it is a long season and the ultimate goal is always to win a conference title. The team has no plans of letting up as Pumphret said, “we need to stay focused, stay humble and not let the success go to our heads. The rest will work itself out.” The whole team is relaxed, confident and ready to take on the rest of the schedule while planning to win every time they go out and play. Conference play will continue Friday April 14th against Southern Vermont College at Trinity Stadium in Haverhill.