Take a look at the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs baseball team’s lineup and you might recognize a familiar name: Josh O’Neill.
Over the past few years, O’Neill, a Halifax native who graduated from Silver Lake Regional High in 2014, has made himself a key piece of the Corsairs lineup. He’s played in 111 and this past season, he had his best performance to date. In 42 games, he owned a .301 batting average, posted a .373 on-base percentage and a .756 OPS (on-base plus slugging). A tough out throughout his career, O’Neill drew 12 walks and only struck out on 14 occasions. He also hit a pair of home runs, the first two of his college baseball career and stole 12 bases on 15 attempts.
Defensively, O’Neill, who bats and throws right-handed, mostly plays second base and helped turn 25 double plays for the Corsairs this past season.
In 45 games this season, O’Neill’s Corsairs finished at 25-20; their season wrapped up on May 13.
While O’Neill enjoyed success in his previous two seasons as well, the 2017 season was a major step up for him in terms of getting base hits. Albeit he owned a strong on-base percentage as a freshman and sophomore, this year he bumped up his batting average by 87 points. Prior to 2017, he was a .214 hitter for the Corsairs.
At Silver Lake, O’Neill was a standout athlete. He played three sports–soccer, basketball, and baseball–and was a varsity athlete from his sophomore year onward. His senior year, he was a key piece of a Lakers baseball team that made it to the Super 8 tournament held at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton.
Last summer, O’Neill played for the Bourne Mariners of the Cranberry League.