Brian Samela
Brian Samela


Cheshire, Conn.

High School:
Cheshire H.S.

Height / Weight:
5-8 / 205


Bats/ Throws:

A good clutch hitter who is a tough out at the plate.... Solid defensive catcher with a good arm and scrappy attitude... Will be counted on to provide positive senior leadership... AS A JUNIOR: One of two players to start in every game last year... Raised his batting average 62 points in a 10-game stretch (3/29-4/11), hitting .432 (16-for-37) with four doubles, two home runs and 11 RBIs... Closed out the regular season hitting .471 (8-for-17) with a double, a home run and an RBI in the last five games... Hit .368 in Atlantic 10 games... Hit a solo home run, as part of a 3-for-4 performance including a double, to give the Minutemen the lead in the 8-4 win over St. Bonaventure (5/3)... Belted a two-out base hit and scored the go-ahead run in 8-7 win over Temple (4/11)... Sparked a four-run rally with a bases clearing double and went 3-for-5 in the win over UConn (4/7)... Recorded a season-high four hits and four RBIs in the win over Holy Cross (3/26)... AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in 43 of 47 games, starting 32 at catcher and 11 as DH... Tied for the team lead with 13 doubles, tied for fifth with eight home runs and third with 31 walks... Did not make an error in 193 total chances... Had 15 multiple-hit and eight multiple-RBI games on the season... Had two multi-home run games on the season (4/13 vs. Temple, 4/21 at Fordham)... Enjoyed a season-best nine-game hit streak (4/7-4/20) when he hit .455 (15-for-33) with two doubles, three home runs and 14 RBIs... Hit .418 with seven homers and 23 RBIs in Atlantic 10 games... Threw out 14 of 45 runners attempting to steal (.311)... Homered in his first at-bat of the season, as he went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, three RBIs and two runs scored in 13-8 win over Pace (3/15)... Had four hits, including three doubles and a home run in doubleheader with Virginia Tech (3/29)... For the series with Virginia Tech, was 6-for-8 with four doubles and a home run, which earned him Atlantic 10 Player of the Week honors (3/31)... Had three hits and four RBIs, including two home runs in 11-7 win over Temple (4/13)... Went 2-for-3 with two homers and a career-high five RBIs in 17-8 win over Fordham (4/21)... Went 5-for-5 with two doubles in a doubleheader sweep of St. Joseph's (5/10), including a season-high four hits in game two... AS A FRESHMAN: Played in 30 games, starting 25... Hit .322 with 17 RBIs... His four sacrifice flies are tied for the seventh-best single season total in UMass history... Batted .362 with runners on base... Did not make an error after the first game of the season at Rice (3/9)... Went 3-for-4 with a double in NCAA East Regional game vs. South Florida (5/24)... Scored two runs against Virginia Tech in the A-10 championship game (5/13)... Went 2-for-3 with two runs scored against Harvard (5/8)... Drove in the winning run in both games of a doubleheader with St. Joseph's (4/28)... Started at Central Connecticut (4/17) and went 4-for-6 with four runs scored... Drove in two runs at Temple (3/30)... Went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI at Holy Cross (3/27)... Drove in the winning run against Northwestern (3/23) with a pinch-hit RBI single... BEFORE UMASS: Played baseball, hockey and football at Cheshire High School... Captained the baseball team his senior year... Hit .410 his senior year with 30 RBIs and a .530 on-base percentage... Batted .400 for his career with a .500 on-base percentage... Played on two state championship football teams his junior and senior years... Was an All-Housatonic League safety in football as a junior and senior... Played on the Connecticut state championship baseball team his sophomore and junior years... Was an all-state selection in 1993 and 1994... Was named to the All-New England All-Star team as a senior... Named team's most valuable player for baseball his senior year, and for hockey his junior and senior years... Attended Trinity-Pawling Prep School in 1994-95... PERSONAL: A Sport Management major... Born June 20, 1975 in Waterbury, Conn.... Son of Daniel and Barbara Samela.


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