Has developed into one of the top outfielders for the Minutemen
AS A JUNIOR IN 2004: Appeared in all 45 games for the Minutemen, starting all but two games....one of the Minutemen's top hitters posted a .283 average with three home runs, four doubles, 22 RBI and 14 runs scored...ranked in the top five on the team in At bats, batting average, hits, home runs, and RBI...went 4-8 in a three game series against South Florida (3/12-3/14)...was 2-5 with an RBI in a 11-5 victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee...had two hits and three RBI to lead the Minutemen past Sacred Heart 9-2(3/20)...launched the game winning three run home run to beat Holy Cross(4/6)...went 1-3 and drove UMass's two runs in a 9-2 loss to UConn(4/14)...put together three hit streaks of five or more game including one nine game stretch (5/9-5/15)
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2003: Went 2-for-4 with an RBI in final game of the Temple series ... Was 2-for-2 with an RBI in home game against Connecticut ... Drove in four runs and scored twice during three-game series at La Salle.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2002: Went 10-for-23 (.435) in 13 games as a true freshman, starting five times ... Ended the season on a six-game hitting streak, from May 7-12 ... Went 3-for-4 at Central Connecticut in his first career star ... Was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI in the home victory over Harvard ... Went 4-for-9 with an RBI and a run scored in the Fordham series.
BEFORE UMASS: Two-sport standout in baseball and basketball at Monson H.S. ... Twice named first-team All-Western Mass. in basketball and baseball ... Helped lead team to Bay State Games silver medal during junior season ... Finished career with 1,199 points in basketball, second in school history ... Led Western Mass. basketball with 29.9 points per game as a senior ... Named News 40 Athlete of the Week during senior year.
PERSONAL: Born July 3, 1983, in Springfield, Mass. ... Son of Edward and Michelle Szado ... Brother, Craig, played at UMass from 1998-2001 and played in the Chicago White Sox organization ... Majoring in Forestry