Every March, Boston's baseball and softball teams flee the New England snow and head to the Sunshine State to get back on the diamond.
While the Red Sox sharpen their skills in Fort Myers, the UMass Boston Beacons baseball team is opening its 2015 season this week in Port Charlotte, while the women open in Clermont, outside Orlando.
The trip to Florida has become an annual tradition for the Beacons, facing opponents outside the Little East Conference. By Friday, the women will have played 8 games, while the men will have played 11 games.
Two baseball team members have picked up LEC weekly honors while in Port Charlotte. Sophomore Dan Mantoni of Northbridge was named Pitcher of the Week and freshman Sal Frosceno of Derby, Connecticut, also a pitcher, was named Rookie of the Week. Mantoni earned just one unearned run against No. 31 Heidelberg College. As a pitcher, Frosceno picked up a 15-3 win over SUNY New Paltz, allowing just three runs on six hits in six innings. At the plate, he had a .353 batting average this week, with six hits, a double, an RBI, and four runs scored.
Meanwhile, the men’s and women’s tennis teams are spending their Spring Break in Puerto Rico for the first time.
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