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Lowell's Riley switches to Franklin Pierce

January, 11, 2014
Lowell High senior righthander Brock Riley told this afternoon that he has de-committed from UMass, and is instead pledging to Division 2 power Franklin Pierce.

The 6-foot Riley originally committed to UMass last October, but is now joining an impressive Ravens recruiting class that locally includes Doherty's Luke Brennan, Bridgewater-Raynham's Adam Chase and Pope John Paul II's Ben Crago. Franklin Pierce won its sixth NCAA Division 2 East Regional title in 11 seasons last spring, advancing to the Division 2 College World Series, and saw four of its players taken in the MLB Draft last June.

"I made the switch to Franklin Pierce because they gave me an offer I just couldn't refuse," Riley said. "The program is ranked one of the best baseball programs in the country, and over the last couple of years only Boston College and UConn have had more kids get drafted than Franklin Pierce out of colleges in New England. I liked that a lot, since I want to play for a winning program that competes for a World Series every year and gives me a great opportunity to possibly play professionally after college.

"They also have great facilities. The whole coaching staff has a good reputation and are a great group of guys, and [head coach Jayson] King is a great coach who knows what he's doing and wins tons of games. More importantly, it was also a better fit for me academically. The smaller classes should help me stay concentrated and get better grades."

This isn't the first time a Bay State prospect has de-committed from UMass in favor of a D2 program. Last year, Walpole lefthander Mike Gaughan committed to UMass, then switched to Rollins College, a Division 2 program in Winter Park, Fla. Gaughan went on to earn "Starting Rotation" honors in ESPN Boston's 2013 All-State Team.

Doherty's Brennan commits to Franklin Pierce

August, 4, 2013
Doherty High Class of 2014 righthanded pitcher Luke Brennan has committed to Franklin Pierce University, he announced this morning.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Brennan went 5-2 last spring for the Highlanders, striking out 83 batters in 43.1 innings and recording a 3.22 ERA; his fastball has touched as fast as 87 to 88 miles per hour. At the plate, he batted .345 with 17 RBI.

"I want to play and I want to win, and I think Franklin Pierce will give me a great opportunity to do both," Brennan told

Brennan also stars for the Highlanders' football team, where he is one of the region's top returning quarterbacks. Last season, he completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,835 yards and 22 touchdowns as the Highlanders made the MIAA Division 2 Central playoffs.

Bonny Eagle's Cole commits to Franklin Pierce

July, 22, 2013
Bonny Eagle (Maine) Class of 2014 guard Dustin Cole has verbally committed to Franklin Pierce University for the 2014-15 season, he announced tonight.

Cole was one of the top scorers in the state of Maine last winter as the Scots advanced all the way to the Western Maine Class A Finals. He averaged 28.2 points and 6.2 assists, and scored his 1,000th point, to pick up Southwestern Maine Activities Association Player of the Year honors.

This spring and summer, running with the MB Nation AAU program, Cole had picked up varying degrees of interest across the spectrum, from Ivy and Patriot League schools all the way down to the NESCAC.