UMass Dartmouth All-America righthander Matt Cronin will make his professional debut on Friday evening, as the recently graduated Corsair standout is set to sign with the Westside Woolly Mammoths of the United Shore Professional Baseball League.
Cronin, a native of Framingham, Mass., will take on the Eastside Diamond Hoppers in his independent league opener, as the USPBL is comprised of four teams that play throughout the summer in Utica, Mich. The other two USPBL squads are the Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers and the Utica Unicorns.
A first team ABCA All-American during his junior campaign for Head Coach Bob Prince’s Corsairs, Cronin finished his career with a 12-6 record that included 12 saves and a 1.83 earned run average. Matt struck out 182 batters in 176 2/3 innings of work, and he added D3baseball.com All-America and NEIBA Pitcher of the Year accolades in 2018 after posting a 6-1 mark with a 0.99 ERA in 11 appearances. This past spring, Cronin was tabbed to the Little East second-team all-conference squad after leading the league in ERA (1.85) by nearly a full run and helping UMass Dartmouth to a berth in the Little East championship game for the second time in three years.
Cronin will become the second Corsair to play in the USPBL, as lefthander Dylan Collett ’17 serves as the closer for the Birmingham Bloomfield squad.
For more information on the USBPL as well as a complete schedule for the 2019 Woolly Mammoths season, please visit https://uspbl.com.