LOWELL (June 7, 2011) – Adam Keenan, a sophomore from Lowell, tragically passed away Monday night during a summer baseball league practice in Rochester, N.H.

Keenan was to play for the Seacoast Mavericks of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League this summer. He was in the midst of the Mavericks first practice when he collapsed from cardiac arrest.
“We are deeply saddened and stunned by the passing of Adam,” said Director of Athletics Dana Skinner. “We extend our sincere sympathies to the Keenan family and hope that the thoughts and prayers of Adam’s teammates and many friends will make their pain a bit easier to bear.”

A pitcher/third baseman, Keenan transferred to UMass Lowell last year after playing his freshman year at Franklin Pierce. He appeared in 13 games this spring as a field player with eight starts.

“Adam was genuinely the nicest kid I’ve ever met,” said UMass Lowell head coach Ken Harring. “He was always positive. I never saw him in a bad mood. His teammates and coaches truly loved him and his legacy will last a long time. His No. 15 will forever be in our hearts.

“Adam’s teammates and I are overcome by the loss,” Harring added. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”
At Franklin Pierce, he appeared in four games with one start as a pitcher, totaling 4.1 innings over the 2010 season.
Keenan is survived by his parents, Michael and Audrey of Lowell, and older sister, Christine.