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The 2022 baseball fall ball roster has been posted on the UConn Athletics website:


Players who were listed in the Transfer Portal who are back at UConn:

Chris Brown
Mitchell Pascarella
Zach Stephenson

Players who had not used up their eligibility and were not listed in the Transfer Portal, but are not on the fall ball roster:

Leo Socci
Joe Wozny

Incoming Freshmen:

Levi McAllister - C
Noah Sorensen - SS
Maddix Dalena - 1B/3B
Ryan Daniels - Inf
Niko Brini - OF
Drew Kron - OF
Ryan Juliano - Inf

Gavin Greger - LHP/OF
Kolby Pascarelli - LHP/OF
Sam Clark - RHP
JJ Hood - RHP
John McGowan - RHP
Jude Abbadessa - RHP
Ryan Vandewater - RHP

Transfers:

Luke Broadhurst - Inf - Grad transfer from ECSU
Jake Studley - OF - Grad transfer from Wheaton
Paul Tamarro - Inf - Grad transfer from Oswego
Dominic Freeberger - Inf/OF/P - UNC Asheville

Stephen Quigley - RHP - Grad transfer from Wheaton
Michael Quigley - RHP - Transfer from UMass Lowell
Zach Fogell - LHP - Grad transfer from Brown
Will Nowak - RHP - Grad transfer from Hartford
Andrew Sears - LHP - Rhode Island College

A sign of the times in college baseball. UConn baseball has only one Senior listed on their roster, TC Simmons. On the other hand, UConn baseball has 10 Grad students listed on the roster.
 
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The 2022 baseball fall ball roster has been posted on the UConn Athletics website:


Players who were listed in the Transfer Portal who are back at UConn:

Chris Brown
Mitchell Pascarella
Zach Stephenson

Players who had not used up their eligibility and were not listed in the Transfer Portal, but are not on the fall ball roster:

Leo Socci
Joe Wozny

Incoming Freshmen:

Levi McAllister - C
Noah Sorensen - SS
Maddix Dalena - 1B/3B
Ryan Daniels - Inf
Niko Brini - OF
Drew Kron - OF
Ryan Juliano - Inf

Gavin Greger - LHP/OF
Kolby Pascarelli - LHP/OF
Sam Clark - RHP
JJ Hood - RHP
John McGowan - RHP
Jude Abbadessa - RHP
Ryan Vandewater - RHP

Transfers:

Luke Broadhurst - Inf - Grad transfer from ECSU
Jake Studley - OF - Grad transfer from Wheaton
Paul Tamarro - Inf - Grad transfer from Oswego
Dominic Freeberger - Inf/OF/P - UNC Asheville

Stephen Quigley - RHP - Grad transfer from Wheaton
Michael Quigley - RHP - Transfer from UMass Lowell
Zach Fogell - LHP - Grad transfer from Brown
Will Nowak - RHP - Grad transfer from Hartford
Andrew Sears - LHP - Rhode Island College
Freeberger had an impressive career at UNC Asheville and should be a shoe in as a regular this year.
 
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Freeberger had an impressive career at UNC Asheville and should be a shoe in as a regular this year.


I find Dominic Freeberger to be the most intriguing of the position player transfers coming into the program, he also seems capable of playing all over the place in the field. It will be interesting to see how he fits in.
 
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UConn’s sizable transfer class includes a couple of accomplished Division I players in two-way player Dominic Freeberger from UNC-Asheville, who has a .304 career average and runs his fastball into the mid 90s, and former Hartford closer Will Nowak, but mostly includes players from the region’s strong Division III baseball programs. That group includes lefthander Andrew Sears from Rhode Island College, righthander Stephen Quigley and outfielder Jake Studley from Wheaton (Mass.), infielder Luke Broadhurst from Eastern Connecticut State and infielder Paul Tammaro from Oswego State (N.Y.). <-


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Georgetown - Georgetown made a massive leap on the field in 2022 and it will look to do so again in 2023 with the help of a big transfer class that will provide high-end talent and quality depth in equal measure. Outfielder Zaid Walker, a draftee out of high school, didn’t reach his full potential in four seasons at Michigan State, but he is bursting with raw talent. He’s a good runner with a strong arm made for right field, and his best season at the plate was in 2021, when he hit .308. On the mound, righthander Jake Bloss from Lafayette had a 3.57 ERA in 58 innings last season. His fastball is a low-90s pitch, but it touched 100 mph this summer. Third baseman Marco Castillo from Division III Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.) provides offensive potential after hitting .325/.421/.437 last season. <-
 
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-> Connecticut

UConn’s sizable transfer class includes a couple of accomplished Division I players in two-way player Dominic Freeberger from UNC-Asheville, who has a .304 career average and runs his fastball into the mid 90s, and former Hartford closer Will Nowak, but mostly includes players from the region’s strong Division III baseball programs. That group includes lefthander Andrew Sears from Rhode Island College, righthander Stephen Quigley and outfielder Jake Studley from Wheaton (Mass.), infielder Luke Broadhurst from Eastern Connecticut State and infielder Paul Tammaro from Oswego State (N.Y.). <-


Also mentioned:

Georgetown - Georgetown made a massive leap on the field in 2022 and it will look to do so again in 2023 with the help of a big transfer class that will provide high-end talent and quality depth in equal measure. Outfielder Zaid Walker, a draftee out of high school, didn’t reach his full potential in four seasons at Michigan State, but he is bursting with raw talent. He’s a good runner with a strong arm made for right field, and his best season at the plate was in 2021, when he hit .308. On the mound, righthander Jake Bloss from Lafayette had a 3.57 ERA in 58 innings last season. His fastball is a low-90s pitch, but it touched 100 mph this summer. Third baseman Marco Castillo from Division III Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.) provides offensive potential after hitting .325/.421/.437 last season. <-

Stephen Quigley's brother Michael is also a transfer into UConn baseball from UMass Lowell, but did not get mention in the above article. Michael Quigley did get named to the Futures League All Star Game, which is a nice achievement. Of course, Michael Quigley is going to be a Junior this year for UConn, and the Futures League is more or less an entry level summer collegiate league in this region, so pitching for UConn is bit of a jump from that league over the summer.
 
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Rumor has it Rutgers and UConn are playing a three game set this season. I am very much looking forward to seeing how RU stacks up against the top program in the Northeast. I would love to see the two schools play every season, as it is very hard to schedule good OOC teams once in the Northeast once the conference season starts. Our SOS desperately needs UConn to upgrade it.
 

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Rumor has it Rutgers and UConn are playing a three game set this season. I am very much looking forward to seeing how RU stacks up against the top program in the Northeast. I would love to see the two schools play every season, as it is very hard to schedule good OOC teams once in the Northeast once the conference season starts. Our SOS desperately needs UConn to upgrade it.
That SOS is needed for UConn as well. It is a no brainer for both programs to play yearly.
 
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Rutgers is probably better than some teams that can be scheduled in terms of RPI but they haven't been a perennially strong team for a while. I know the RPI was very strong last year but that hasn't always been the case recently:

2022 - RPI 43; 44-15
2021 - RPI 129; 21-23
2020* - RPI 176; 6-9
2019 - RPI 190; 20-31
2018 - RPI 166; 25-25
2017 - RPI 139; 19-34

Last year that would look like a big upgrade over a team like URI (RPI 205) but that's not always necessarily the case. URI by year:

2022 - RPI 205; 20-35
2021 - RPI 75; 28-26-1
2020* - RPI 71; 8-5
2019 - RPI 145; 24-29
2018 - RPI 106; 24-27
2017 - RPI 68; 31-22
 
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Rumor has it Rutgers and UConn are playing a three game set this season. I am very much looking forward to seeing how RU stacks up against the top program in the Northeast. I would love to see the two schools play every season, as it is very hard to schedule good OOC teams once in the Northeast once the conference season starts. Our SOS desperately needs UConn to upgrade it.

During the spring season this year Chris Jones mentioned a few times during game broadcasts that UConn baseball had scheduled a home and home weekend series with Rutgers, beginning in 2023 in Storrs. I would think that series is on the tentative schedule for next season unless something odd happens. In the past the baseball schedule has been more or less released at the UConn baseball Alumni Game, which this fall takes place this coming Sunday (it always seems to take place the last Sunday in September). In the past at the Alumni game the coaching staff have always mentioned there could be a few tweaks to the schedule, but at that point it is usually fairly well set.
 
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True, but the upswing is due to Coach Owens and LY was his first regular non covid year. Recruiting and the portal have been good, so the RPI should remain strong.
 

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Rutgers wouldn't replace URI, it would be a weekend against a team with a poor RPI. Instead of a St Joe's or even UMass, it would be Rutgers- big upgrade. UMass, until they can get it together in baseball, should be a weekday game home and away.
 
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Rutgers wouldn't replace URI, it would be a weekend against a team with a poor RPI. Instead of a St Joe's or even UMass, it would be Rutgers- big upgrade. UMass, until they can get it together in baseball, should be a weekday game home and away.

I expect URI will stay on the UConn schedule, as they usually have a team with a solid RPI, last season was the exception. As for UMass, I believe I heard at some point that they do not offer any baseball scholarships, which helps explain why they usually have an RPI well over 200. If they do not offer baseball scholarships, I would not expect much improvement from them.
 
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Rutgers wouldn't replace URI, it would be a weekend against a team with a poor RPI. Instead of a St Joe's or even UMass, it would be Rutgers- big upgrade. UMass, until they can get it together in baseball, should be a weekday game home and away.
At this point, we shouldnt even be traveling to their place. One game per year and we host. No need to play home and away against UMass, Central, Hartford, Sacred Heart anymore. With our focus on the RPI and our facilities now, if they want to play, they can come to us.
 
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At this point, we shouldnt even be traveling to their place. One game per year and we host. No need to play home and away against UMass, Central, Hartford, Sacred Heart anymore. With our focus on the RPI and our facilities now, if they want to play, they can come to us.

Sacred Heart has not appeared on the UConn baseball schedule for a few years now, and with Hartford dropping out of Division 1, I would doubt they will continue to be on UConn's schedule at all. The last few years UConn has started to play multiple games against the better teams in the region (BC, Rhode Island, Bryant, Northeastern for example) while limiting their exposure to the poorer teams in the region.
 

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True, but the upswing is due to Coach Owens and LY was his first regular non covid year. Recruiting and the portal have been good, so the RPI should remain strong.

Yea, Rutgers is well positioned to duke it out with Maryland in the mid atlantic. Pitt and PSU are non factors.
 
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Does anyone have access to the New England Baseball Journal?

 
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The D1Baseball.com program ratings that are coming out now are based on team performance over the last several years. UConn comes in at No. 29.


<29. Connecticut

Connecticut

2019 Rank: 36. The top 29 programs on this list include just three “Northern” schools: the Huskies, Michigan, and a certain school in the Pacific Northwest. Given UConn’s significant climate disadvantage and its lack of a Power Five affiliation, this really is an incredible feat. Jim Penders and his outstanding coaches have converted remarkable staff continuity into consistent success. Since 2010, Penders’ clubs have been to eight regionals, including a current streak of four straight. The Huskies advanced to two super regionals during that time as well. This program has a clear identity and its recent return to the Big East appears to be business as usual.>
 

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