After going 7-5 in the Division II NCBA over the course of the 2013-2014 season with competitive non-conference play against D1 opponents, the Terriers have moved up to the NCBA’s Division I North Atlantic- North. In the new league, which consists of Northeastern University, Sacred Heart University, the State University of New York at Albany, the University at Connecticut, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, BU will enjoy a higher level of competition and less travel. The league website can be found at the link below:
Again as BU carries excitement to a championship game, they give a letdown performance in the title game. After losing the NECBA championship this fall, BU was looking to take home a championship in the ACBA title game. After beating UNH in a 1-0 ballgame, BU entered the championship game against rival BC. This game was not as close as the semi-final as BU fell 13-4, losing yet another championship game.
The team has a lot to look forward to next fall with some big plans in the works. Losing only Seniors Jeremy Hartman, and John Sturino, BU has a strong incoming freshman class that should help this team to become one of the best BU has ever seen.
There were some nerves taking the mound for start 1 of the new season. With his mechanics retooled and an off-season of never-ending work, it was time to see if it all paid off. As soon as the first pitch painted the outside corner Bowie Matteson knew it would be a special day. “It is just one of those days when you feel the ball come out of your hand and you know that you are going to be real comfortable all day.”
Matteson was more than comfortable on the mound, striking out four of the game’s first six batters, he carried a perfect game into the third where he pitched himself in and out of his only base runners for the game. After getting the first two outs of the inning, two walks put a run in scoring position with the game still within Babson’s reach at a score of 6-0, Matteson broke out some heat blowing a fastball by the Babson hitter and showed some rare emotion as he ran off the field. “That was a big spot for him and for us. Getting us back into the dugout with no damage was the key to us breaking the game open in the bottom of the inning and it allowed him to settle in the final few innings.” said head coach Eric Nelsen, who earned his first two victories as Terrier Skipper. “He was incredible today, had everything working, everything was sharp and accurate, it didn’t matter what team was on the other side, when he throws like that we always have a great chance to win the ballgame.”
Matteson only needed five innings to complete the No-No as BU’s offense put up 12 runs on the board and made it tough for Babson all day as they used six pitchers over the course of the doubleheader.
Sophomore Stephen Lyne made his debut on the mound 19 months after going under Tommy John surgery for the start in game 2. He provided quite the sequel to Matteson, not giving up a hit until the bottom of the fifth inning. Giving up one earned run over five innings, Lyne earned the victory, and after overcoming some late inning struggles on the mound, BU took the game with a final score of 11-8.
Sophomore Jack Subasic went deep in game 2 as every Terrier starter reached base safely with a hit and came around to score. Junior Kevin O’Sullivan had five hits on the day, and Bowie Matteson had six RBI’s to highlight the offensive explosion.
The Boston University Baseball team is glad to welcome Eric Nelsen as the next Head Coach of the team.
In the spring of 2012, Nelsen was the Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach at Blackstone Valley Technical Vocational High School. He offered personal evaluations regarding recruits and roster development. The 2012 Valley Tech Beavers went on to have a very successful season; closing out the spring with an overall record of 19-5. A regular season record of 16-4 was good enough to gain a first round bye come districts, and won the State Vocational Tournament, recognizing the program as the #1 Vocational School in the state. The Beavers reached the third round of the district tournament where they were knocked off by Auburn High School in 11 innings. Six players were named conference all-stars and had the conference MVP.
“It was difficult for me to walk away from (Blackstone Valley Tech) but I’m confident I made the right decision. I’m humbled to be coaching here at BU and I am excited to implement what I’ve learned about the game of baseball at a more competitive level. I wish the Beavers the best of luck in 2013 and I want to thank (head coach) Anthony (Leonelli) for giving me the opportunity.”
After missing his Sophomore year due to a hurt shoulder, Nelsen hit over .400, 50RBI’s, and 5HR’s over his Junior and Senior seasons for Nipmuc Regional High School in Upton, MA. He was named a Dual Valley Conference All-Star in both his Junior and Senior seasons. Nelsen committed to Assumption College, but again in his Freshman year required more shoulder reconstructive surgery and was never able to regain his top form that had let him be heavily recruited in high school. He graduated with a BA from Assumption College in 2012 majoring in both Biology and Psychology. He currently works as a Full time employee at Genzyme Corporation in Framingham, MA. He continues to play baseball for personal enjoyment during the summer months including a Men’s league team out of Blackstone, MA.
“Once a student of the sport, I am thrilled to be involved with the game of baseball from a coach’s perspective.”
As we look forward to 2013 we pause to take a look back at 2012. In the Spring Semester of 2012, BU earned a first round bye in the ACBA playoffs before falling to a though Harvard team that has proved to the be the one team that can give the Terriers trouble. BU then graduated eight seniors and replaced them with a rookie class that included 3 juniors and 4 freshman. The Terriers to the field in the fall looking to continue their NECBA regular season winning streak. Before losing again to the Crimson, BU set NECBA records for the longest regular season winning streak in league history, 25 months. They then set another record by reaching their third consecutive league championship game, fifth in the schools history, the most of any team in the NECBA. The Terriers lost in the championship game of the NECBA and are looking to take down an ACBA title this spring along with competing against several division three opponents.
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The Boston University baseball team has announced this week a non-conference exhibition with division three Worcester State College. The game will take place on April 14th.
Worcester State is led by none other than Coach Dirk Baker, a 1991 Boston University Baseball Alumnus. A two-year captain and a Division I NEIBA All-Star, Coach Baker has led the Lancers to 20 win seasons in 10 of the last 13 seasons.
BU will make the trip to Worcester State in what hopes to be an exciting matchup for the Terriers.
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The end of the season felt grim as the Terriers reached their third consecutive NECBA Championship game.
After finishing the season at 8-1 (the only loss coming to a stephan-less Harvard Crimson), BU found its way to the #1 seed in the playoffs and set to face their old pals, the Catamounts of the University of Vermont. It took a stellar performance by Bowie Matteson on the mound and a team effort at the plate and it took the whole 7 innings before the Terriers were able to pull away, beating UVM 5-4.
The hard-fought game led to some letdown as the Terriers traveled to World Series Park to take on Bridgeton Academy. After a hard fought nine inning game, BU was not able to pull out the victory, falling to Bridgeton.
While it was not the end result that the Terriers were looking for, there was a lot to build on in this new season. Replacing eight Seniors the Terriers were able to overcome such turnover with additions of new players from Freshman through Juniors. The team has a lot to look forward to for next fall losing only Senior Captain Jeremy Hartman. Returning eight starters from this fall BU looks to continue its streak of reaching the NECBA Championship, looking to get back to its winning ways.
“It is a lot different walking away this season than it was last season. We left it all out on the field and have nothing to look back on and regret. We replaced eight seniors and have not taken a step behind, we just ran into a really good Bridgeton Club on a bad day for us” said Junior Captain Jordan Kessel “This team has a lot to be proud of and has a really good future ahead of it.”
The Terriers are looking forward to a spring schedule that will hopefully provide some fresh opponents including Penn State Wilkes-Barre, a varsity club, as well as possible trips to the University of Connecticut, and The College of New Jersey, along with the regular American Club Baseball Association schedule.
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Look for our apparel catalogue in the Fall Newsletter…a great gift for friends and family that are fans of BU Baseball.
We want to thank all of our Alumni who came out for the Alumni Softball game and dinner this weekend. Everyone had a great time catching up with old friends and meeting the current team.
In game one of the softball series between the current players and the alumni, the current team won a pitching duel 2-1, but it was not to be outdone by the alumni in game two. A 8-2 victory sent the day into extra innings where after the current team got one run in the top of the inning, the Alumni walked off to a victory, keeping bragging rights for the year.
Thanks again to those who were able to make it to both the softball game and the Alumni Dinner. You are the one’s who keep the program alive to continue the tradition.
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In one of their biggest tests over the past two seasons, the BU Baseball team spent three days on the road, trying to remain perfect. Game one was Friday night in Lynn, MA against a much improved Tufts ballclub. Freshman Josh Jason made his presence felt in his second start of the year tossing a complete game in a 5-2 Terrier victory. Rebounding from his first outing that lasted only three innings, Jason struck out 7 and kept Tufts in check all night. It was Junior Kevin O’Sullivan who tied the ballgame in the top of the sixth when the score was 2-1. The Terriers expanded their lead in the seventh and Jason finished them off with a 1-2-3 inning to seal the victory.
It was an early Sunday morning for the Terriers. Up to see the sun rise, BU made the trip to Jim Penders field in Manchester Connecticut for a 10am start to a doubleheader against Fairfield. Winning their division each of the past three seasons, Fairfield was looking for revenge against a Terrier team that ended their season with a loss last fall in the NECBA championship game. Game one was controlled by BU throughout, due mostly to Bowie Matteson’s stellar performance on the mound. Giving up only two earned runs to a mighty Fairfield offense, Matteson was in control throughout, and let the Terrier offense explode. After stranding several runners in the first two innings, the Terriers unloaded in the later innings of the game. Never trailing, BU provided 13 runs led by Junior captain Jordan Kessel with 5 runs batted in, and Sophomore Ross Zamparelli with three hits and 4 RBI’s.
Game two was much of the same with the Terriers winning an 8-3 ballgame. David Luna started and threw four strong innings, and O’Sullivan provided the relief with three scoreless, sealing the victory for the Terriers. In what was a much shorter doubleheader than last week, the BU baseball team left early and made the long trek home with the taste of victory and Red Potato Pizza still fresh.
BU will face rival Harvard this upcoming weekend at Harvard. Hopefully with a weakened roster due to the graduation of Stefan Botarelli, the Terriers will take advantage and sweep the doubleheader. Games start at 2pm.
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