Westfield's McLean switches to Albany


Westfield High senior lefthander Kenny McLean has officially switched his verbal commitment to the University at Albany, he announced last night on his Twitter account.

McLean initially committed to UMass last July, but decommitted from the Minutemen earlier this spring. He was also considering Siena, Hartford and UNC-Asheville at the time of his decision.

He's off to a terrific start this spring for the No. 14 Bombers, one of several Super 8 contenders from the Western Mass. region. On the mound, he's struck out 34 batters in 27 innings, with a 0.78 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP. At the plate, he's posted .429/.500/.700 totals with 16 RBI.

"They said I was a guy that could pitch for them immediately because I'm a lefty that they clocked from 83-87," McLean told ESPNBoston.com. "The baseball program is only getting better, so I only saw positives with this university."

McLean will also join Pittsfield shortstop Kevin Donati in the Great Danes' program next year. The two have been friendly rivals on the circuit for a number of years.

"Westfield and Pittsfield have always had a crazy rivalry," McLean said. "Me and Kevin were actually crazy rivals ever since we were 11. Then once we played on some all-star teams together, we became friends.

"He messaged me about Albany as soon as I decommitted. He had a huge impact on the decision and I couldn't thank him enough."