River Hawks Rebound

April 8, 2019

LOWELL -- Behind an impressive offensive showing, the UMass Lowell baseball team knocked off UAlbany, 11-8, in the series finale at LeLacheur Park on Sunday afternoon.

The River Hawks (7-23, 4-5) were paced by freshman Robert Gallagher’s (Mullica Hill, N.J.) four hits, four runs, two RBI and three stolen bases. Oscar Marchena (Miami, Fla.) scored three times and drove in a pair, as well, and Steven Passatempo (Medford) recorded three RBI. Freshman Andrew Roden (Sherill, N.Y.) connected on his first career home run.

“After a really tough day yesterday, I challenged our guys to play River Hawk baseball, to be blue collar and tough,” said head coach Ken Harring. “Sundays are always the hardest and they came through.”

Both teams loaded the bases in their first at bats, with UAlbany (13-13, 4-5) plating a pair on a walk and ground out. In the River Hawks’ half of the inning, Passatempo sent a shot off the wall in dead center for a three-run triple to put the hosts on top, 3-2.

UMass Lowell opened a four-run edge in the second on RBI singles from Gallagher and Marchena, capped by a Cam Climo (Billerica) sacrifice fly. Ciaran Devenney (Malanapan, N.J.) began the frame with double off the wall in right and came around on Gallagher’s base knock.

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Grad student Vladimir Popusoi (Greenfield, Mass.) turned his strongest performance of the outdoor season, probably earning a trip to the NCAA Eastern Regional, and the 4x1,500-meter relay team set a school record on the Zable Stadium track Saturday to highlight the final day of the 54th Annual Colonial Relays.

Team scores were kept. The River Hawk women finished fourth with 58.75 points at the 33-team event. The men were eighth with 41 points.

Popusoi, who missed a chunk of the indoor season after suffering a broken hand, appears to have never missed a beat. He finished second in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 16 feet, eight inches. Nobody jumped higher. He was placed second based on the number of attempts. For Popusoi, it was his best of the season, the second best outdoor vault of his career and the best by an America East vaulter this season.

Most significantly is will likely qualify him for the NCAA Eastern Regional Championships.

UML runners also set a school record in the 4x1,500-meter relay. The team of Senior Sean Munnelly (Litchfield, N.H.), junior Harry Maloy (Pepperell), sophomore Daniel Cosgrove (Boxford) and junior Grant Hauver (Holden) clocked in with a time of 15 minutes 49.61 seconds. It was good for second place. It also knocked the time of 16:11.91 out of the record book.

On the women’s side, UML put two women in the top five in the shot put. Sophomore Chloe Eressy (Centerville) was second with a toss of 44-8.25.

Senior Jennifer Lee (Woburn) was fifth with a 43-08.