May 1, 2009
BASEBALL WELCOMES WHEATON ON SATURDAY FOR SENIOR DAY AT 1 PM; WILL HONOR SIX SENIORS IN PREGAME CEREMONY
SMITHFIELD, R.I.- The Bryant baseball program will host its 2009 Senior Day on Saturday afternoon when they host Wheaton College at 1 p.m. The team will honor seniors Jon Beauregard, Kevin Cobb, Chris Foundas, Dan Lozeau, Pat McKenna and Pat O'Connor in a pregame ceremony, as they play in their second-to-last home game with the program.
Bryant will look to snap a five-game losing streak after falling to Brown on Thursday, as they take a 27-22 record into the contest.
The matchup between the Bulldogs and Lyons will bring together some old friends. Bryant assistant coach Brian Murphy served as an assistant at Wheaton for two seasons, where he helped the Lyons to back-to-back NEWMAC regular-season titles while reaching the NCAA Division III regional final in 2005. Bulldog pitching coach Matt Ponte graduated from Wheaton in 2005 after pitching for the Lyons for four seasons. He was part of three NEWMAC championships teams and helped the Lyons advance to NCAA regional play in 2002, 2003 and 2005. Ponte finished his career with a 20-9 record and a 3.63 ERA in 238 innings and was among the leaders in career wins, ERA, innings pitched and complete games for the program. Bryant left fielder/ designated hitter Pat O'Connor played two seasons at Wheaton, where he started 50 games as a sophomore. He hit .292 for the Lyons with five home runs and 34 RBI before transferring to Bryant for his junior year.
POLVANI GETS THE START
Junior Eric Polvani will get the start on the mound for the Bulldogs against the Lyons. Polvani has posted a 4-0 record with one save in his last six appearances on the mound. In that stretch, the junior has registered a 1.07 ERA over 42 innings while striking out 35 batters. In his last outing, Polvani threw eight shutout innings against Le Moyne, allowing just three hits and walking only two to get his sixth win of the year and push his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 11. Overall this season, he is 6-2 with a 2.00 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 67.1 innings.
Jon Beauregard has appeared in 24 career games for the Bulldogs, setting a career-high in 2009 with 14 appearances and nine starts. A .257 career hitter, Beauregard has seven hits in 27 at-bats this year, driving home three RBI. He has walked eight times this season while recording an on-base percentage of .459.
Since converting to a starting pitcher as a sophomore in 2007, Kevin Cobb has posted a record of 18-3 in 34 starts with a 4.15 career ERA. Cobb has won at-least six games in each of the last three seasons, starting in 2007 when he went 6-1 with a 2.73 ERA and two complete game shutouts as a sophomore. This season, Cobb set a career-high with seven wins, going 7-0 in ten starts with a 3.36 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 72.1 innings. He recorded the first Division I win for the Bulldogs against Delaware State on March 7, starting a streak where he won each of his first six starts. Cobb also has wins over Richmond, Holy Cross, Monmouth, Long Island and NYIT.
Coming into Bryant as a reliever in 2006, Chris Foundas found himself in the role as a starter for his senior season. Foundas set a career-high in appearances as a sophomore in 2007, appearing in 14 games out of the bullpen with a 4.24 ERA in 23.1 innings while striking out 13. This season, he has made seven starts while appearing in eight games, posting a 3-2 record. Foundas won each of Bryant's first three home games, beating Boston College in his first career home start on March 18. He also had impressive victories over URI and Maine at home. Foundas has thrown a career-high 37 innings, striking out 19 batters this season.
Dan Lozeau has been a starting pitcher since he walked onto campus as a freshman in 2006, making 43 career starts while posting a 19-10 record with a 3.49 ERA. The 19 wins ties him for third most in a career, while his 275.2 innings pitched ranks him second all-time at Bryant. To this point in his career, Lozeau has struck out 114 batters and only allowing opponents to hit .264 against him. He set a career-high in wins as a sophomore in 2007, going 6-1 in 12 starts while throwing in 85 innings with an ERA on only 2.86. This season, Lozeau started the season 5-0, including getting an impressive victory over the ACC's Virginia Tech on March 9. He also had wins over Monmouth, Long Island, NYIT and Harvard.
One of the most consistent contributors over the last four seasons, Pat McKenna has started every single game at shortstop since entering Bryant as a freshman. Playing in a program record 217 games, McKenna finds his name among the best to ever put on the black and gold. He is currently ranked first in career walks with 109, first in career triples with 15, fourth in career doubles with 44, and tied for fifth in career home runs with 22. He has hit 12 long balls this year, which is third most by a Bulldog in a single season. McKenna also finds himself fourth on the program's all-time hit list with 225. This season, he put together a 20-game hitting streak which is tied for the longest by a Bulldog since 2003. Defensively, McKenna has been solid, making dazzling plays with his glove each game. In his four seasons, he has set a record for most assists in a career with 783 and counting, making just 86 errors which is good for a .929 fielding percentage.
After transferring from Wheaton College to Bryant for his junior season, O'Connor became a staple in the Bryant lineup for the last two years. O'Connor has started in 106 games while playing in 107, hitting .306 with 18 home runs and 86 RBI. As a junior in 2008, he scored the third most runs by a Bulldog in a season with 61. This year, he has helped Bryant win 27 games in their first year of Division I, batting .320 with seven long balls and 36 RBI. He currently ranks second on the team in batting average and third in RBI. O'Connor has registered 11 multi-RBI games, and had a 14-game hitting streak earlier this season, hitting .511 during that stretch with two home runs and 12 RBI.