Editor’s note: This is the 14th in an offseason series profiling the region’s Division 1 baseball programs.
An old adage says that size doesn’t matter in the game of baseball. While that will always ring true at every level, UMass Lowell is hoping that the same will go for youth in 2020.
Fourteen freshmen join the roster under 15th-year head coach Ken Harring. Several, along with two transfer pitchers in sophomore Matt Draper (Lowell, Mass./Quinnipiac) and redshirt junior Trevor Thompson (Cypress College, Calif.), are expected to make immediate impacts, but there will also be plenty of experience returning to LeLacheur Park from a team that finished strong and claimed fourth place in America East with 12 wins.
“The guys that are coming back have all played a decent amount, so we’re going to have a good amount of experience,” Harring said. “Some guys transferred over the summer (including 2019 All-Rookie infielder Andrew Roden to Division 2 Le Moyne), but all that is going to do is give younger guys opportunities. The culture that has been developed and the way that our freshmen have pushed the older guys has been great to see.”