His four wins and 45 strikeouts are second in the MASCAC, and his ERA ranks third in the conference.
“Last year, I couldn’t be myself,” Teal said. “I’m a very emotional player and didn’t want to come in and step on any toes. This year, the kids know my personality better and the catchers know my tendencies better and understand what gets me going.”
On April 13, he pitched the second game of a doubleheader against Framingham State, where his brother Austin plays, and pitched a complete game three-hitter and allowed just one earned run in a 4-2 victory.
“It was an emotional one because my brother plays for them, and I was geared up for that one,” Teal said. “I wasn’t throwing my slider the way I wanted to, but I was taking a little off my fastball to make it move like a two-seamer.”
Worcester State (12-16, 4-4) is fourth in the conference, and Teal is hoping to help them secure a spot in the six-team postseason tournament.
“We’re just trying to be hot by the tournament,” Teal said. “We’re hoping to ride the wave in and have everyone healthy.”
Rosano has big week for Mass. Maritime
Mass. Maritime shortstop Bobby Rosano of North Reading batted .400 (6-15) with three RBIs and five stolen bases in a 2-2 week for Buccaneers, including three hits and the game-winning single in a 7-6 eight-inning triumph at Fitchburg State April 14 . . . Stonehill women’s lacrosse senior attacker Heather Sullivan led the 11th-ranked Skyhawks to a 2-1 week with 14 goals. The Andover resident scored six goals and collected her 200th career point in an 18-6 win at Southern Connecticut April 11 . . . Ipswich native and UMass-Lowell senior second baseman Krista MacKenzie led her team to a 5-1 week. She batted .648 with seven runs scored, five RBIs, and a home run. In a doubleheader against Saint Anselm, she went a combined 8-for-8 with four RBIs and three runs scored.
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