Siena Pitcher’s Near ‘No-No’ Leads to Weekly Award
John Lumpinski got about as close as you can get to throwing a no-hitter over the weekend for the Siena Saints. While I'm sure he was disappointed, the MAAC gave him something to smile about Monday morning.
Lumpinski, a sophomore pitcher on the Siena baseball team, was awarded the MAAC Pitcher of the Week Award by the league office for his efforts on the mound Sunday against Rider. In a seven inning game, the right-hander went the first 6.2 innings without giving up a hit, before ultimately hurling the full seven innings to pick up the victory for the Saints. He allowed just one hit, while also walking one batter, striking out six en route to his fourth win of the season.
Lumpinski was also the catalyst for Siena's dramatic win against Fairfield earlier this month, as the Saints took down the last remaining undefeated team in the nation. He threw six innings in that game, scattering five hits and surrendering one run in what ended up being a 6-1 win for the Saints.
The Woodbridge, CT native has done a complete 180-degree turn this season, developing into the Saints' ace after a tough start to his collegiate career. Lumpinski was 0-4 during the 2020 season with an ERA...well...let's just say in double-digits.
With an extended offseason due to the pandemic, the right-hander came back to the Saints ready to take the mound, and sports a 4-1 record and an ERA of 1.88 through five starts this season. The Saints, meanwhile, find themselves in 5th place in the MAAC, and conclude their regular season tomorrow with a doubleheader at Marist.