As the fifth season of the Matt Reynolds era at UMass begins, the fruits of the head coach’s labor in recruiting are finally showing on paper.
Not only were the Minutemen able to bring their team together during a full fall season, but the 2022 roster includes more experience than Reynolds has had since he’s been in Amherst, and “it’s not close,” he said.
Veteran players will likely make up at least two-thirds of the team’s season-opening lineup and the entirety of the pitching rotation. What a difference a year makes, as graduate second baseman Eddy Hart (Middleboro, Mass.) is the only regular lost from last season.
“Depth is something we’ve really been lacking, but now we’re at a point where we have options,” said Reynolds, a South Boston native whose club earned only three of its 13 wins in Atlantic 10 play in 2021. “We won’t be crippled by one injury or a guy that’s slumping. We’ll be able to plug some different guys in and feel like we can still have success.