Ex-Riverhawks ace returns to LeLacheur

08/01/2007
By Used with permission from the Eagle Tribune Online.

LOWELL -- New Jersey Cardinals pitcher David Williamson was glad to be home last night.

'It was good to see friends and family,' he said. 'It's nice to see some friendly faces after being on the road.'

Williamson, a Manchester, N.H., native and recent UMass Lowell graduate, is having great success at the Single-A level. Currently, he is 2-1 with a minuscule 2.16 ERA, while opponents are hitting just .146 against him in 25 innings.

A seventh round draft pick, Williamson, who won't pitch in this series, features a fastball, curveball and change-up. He is learning under the tutelage of former Red Sox pitcher Bill Campbell.

'He's a great coach,' said Williamson after last night's 8-7 loss to the Lowell Spinners. 'He had a lot of success. He knows what he is talking about.'

Williamson said the transition to minor league baseball hasn't been too difficult.

'I've adjusted well,' said the crafty left-hander, whose college coach compared him to Tom Glavine. 'We haven't traveled too much either. Most of the games we have played have been fairly close to home.'

Williamson's best game so far was when he threw six innings of no-hit ball against the Aberdeen Iron Birds earlier this season.

-- ERIC MAUS