BOSTON, Mass. - With the start of the 2019 baseball season just a few short weeks away, the College Baseball Newspaper and D3Baseball.com released their respective preseason polls. The Beacons, who advanced to the NCAA Regional Championship round in 2018 will begin their new campaign ranked ninth in the country on both national polls.
UMass Boston earned the highest national ranking of any team in the New England region. Also earning spots on the preseason polls were the University of Southern Maine (12/12), Babson College (14/17), and Western New England UNiversity (32).
Last season, the Beacons claimed their second straight Little East Conference title. Their appearance in the regional title game marked the second-straight for the Beacons. UMB posted a record of 37-10, and matched their program mark for most conference wins with 11. They also earned the program's first-ever number one ranking in the country on both the D3Baseball.com and the ABCA National Polls. Throughout 2018, the Beacons were amongst the top teams in the New England Region, which helped them earn the top-seed in the Regional Tournament for the second straight year.
In 2019, head coach Brendan Eygabroat, who was named the NEIBA Coach of the Year, will welcome back All-Region honorees in Bobby Tramondozzi (Peabody, Mass.), Ryan McCormick (Cumberland, R.I.), and JT Morin (Wilton, Conn.). Kyle Boudrias (Medford, Mass.), will also return to the line-up in 2019 as one of UMB's top hitters. Boudrias finished third on the team with a .344 average, behind McCormick (.354) and All-American Chris Fowler '18 (.384).
Tramondozzi, was the Beacons top closer in 2019 with a 3.06 ERA. The righty finished with 27 strikeouts in 20 complete innings of work. Morin, returned to the hill for UMB and was one of the most dominant lefty's in the country. The Connecticut native ended the campaign with a 2.50 ERA and a 6-1 record. In 57.2 innings he struck out a team-leading 66 batters and held opponents to a .141 batting average. Fernando Burgos (Hyde Park, Mass.), will also be in the mix as one of the Beacons top hurlers, after registering a 9-1 record in 61.1 innings during his junior season.
The Beacons will open their 2019 season at home on March 1 when they take on Suffolk University at 3 pm at Monan Park.