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April 25, 2013

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Pitching a shutout

UMass Boston junior pitcher Lucas Ilges, a former Gloucester High standout, recorded his first career shutout on Tuesday in his team’s 4-0 win over powerhouse Southern Maine.

Ilges went all nine innings allowing just three hits and walking one while striking out six in the win. Ilges handed Souther Maine just its fifth loss of the season.

The junior right-hander has been a staple in the Beacons starting rotation as his record currently sits at 3-3 with a 3.64 ERA to go along with 32 strikeouts in 42.0 innings pitched this season.

Socci to call Pats

A replacement for the recently retired radio voice of the New England Patriots Gil Santos was named on Wednesday. Bob Socci, a 16-year radio play-by-play veteran, will take over for Santos next season, 98.5 the Sports Hub announced.

Socci, who will join former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak in the booth, has been the radio play-by-play guy for Navy football and CBS Sports Network’s lead announcer for Patriot League college basketball.

“This is the thrill of a lifetime to get the opportunity from 98.5 The Sports Hub and the Patriots organization to continue the tradition established by the legendary Gil Santos to be the play-by-play announcer for the New England Patriots,” said Socci, a native of Milton, Mass. “I look forward to teaming up with Scott in the booth and building on The Sports Hub’s great success.”

Defensive POY

Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol is changing the reputation for European players. Players from Europe are not normally known for their defensive prowess in favor of a finesse game. Gasol, however, breaks the mold as one of the league’s best defenders.

On Wednesday the younger Gasol. was recognized as the league’s best defender as he was named Defensive Player of the Year.

The 7’1” center from Spain is the first European born player to win the award.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru

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