Phillips Andover's Hosman commits to UMass

August, 11, 2014
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Phillips Andover baseball infielder Matt Hosman (2015) tells ESPN Boston that he's given a verbal commitment to UMass-Amherst.

Hosman, a Peabody native, was considering offers from a host of Patriot League and NESCAC schools before giving his commitment to the Minutemen. He says he'll be used as a utility infielder at UMass, but will also be given the opportunity to pitch.

"What made UMass stand out was the business school aspect, the location, and the opportunity to play at a high level relatively close to home," Hosman said. "The business school is very good.

"Coaches [Mike] Stone and [Mike] Sweeney said they liked my athleticism, competitiveness, and how I fit into their offensive game plan."

Hosman has hit primarily out of the No. 2 hole in his last two seasons at Andover and sported a 1.56 earned run average last year.

In 2009, Hosman was a member of the Peabody Western Little League squad which played in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

"Committing to a Division 1 school is definitely high on the rankings for me," Hosman said. "It shows that I have kept improving since Little League. Those other moments were incredible team moments, but on the individual side this is probably the greatest.

"Having another D1 commit from that team is special especially considering the relationship Austin [Batchelor] and I had during the Little League World Series run. It will be fun to play against each other again in midweek games and in the baseball Beanpot."

Scott Barboza

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com
Scott Barboza joined ESPNBoston.com as a high schools editor/reporter in May 2010. He spent the previous three seasons working in the New England Patriots media relations department after a stint at the Taunton Daily Gazette, where he covered everything from Little League baseball to the Boston Red Sox.

Brendan C. Hall

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com
Brendan C. Hall joined ESPNBoston.com as a high schools reporter/editor in May 2010, after four years covering high schools for The Boston Globe. The Westminster, Mass. native also served on the Globe's Bruins beat in 2009.

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