- The Minutemen are returning virtually all of their offense from last year with eight of nine position starters returning, the lone exception being four-year starting catcher Tom Conley.
- UMass brings back 87% of its runs scored, 86% of its hits and 82% of its RBI. Eight returnees had 100-plus at bats last year, with junior Rob McLam falling just shy at 98 at bats last season.
- McLam led the Minutemen in batting average last year at .337 (33-for-98) followed by assistant captain senior Rich Graef's .333 average (46-for-138). Fellow senior assistant captain Anthony Serino is the squad's top returning RBI guy with 25 last season.
Small Ball At Its Finest
- UMass finished the 2012 season eighth nationally as a team in sacrifices with 79 and 23rd nationally in stolen bases per game with 70 over 44 contests, an average of 1.59 per game.
- Individually, redshirt junior Ryan Cusick was 23-for-29 on the basepaths to lead the Minutemen. He ranked 15th in the nation in stolen bases per-game (0.59).
- Rich Graef (4th, 12), Rob McLam (t-5th, 11), Nick Sanford (t-5th, 11) and Anthony Serino (t-7th, 10) all set top-10 single season marks in the UMass record book for sacrifice bunts last season.
- The UMass pitching staff will be a young one in 2013 after the departure of four senior arms in 2012, including Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year Joe Popielarczyk, along with Dennis Torres, who turned pro following his junior season.
- The only returning Minutemen who made multiple starts in 2012 are sophomores Conor LeBlanc and Andrew Grant. LeBlanc was 4-1 with a 3.37 ERA over 34.2 innings in 12 appearances, five starts last season and earned Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team honors. Grant finished with a mark of 1-1 over eight appearances and three starts, a total of 22.1 innings and posted a 5.24 ERA. Over Grant's last five appearances of his freshman season, his final 16.0 innings of work in 2012, he posted a 1.12 ERA with an opponent batting average of .185.
- The 2013 UMass staff includes freshmen righthanders Rob O'Neil, Mason Trubey and Brandon Walsh and lefthander Evan Mackintosh. Sophomore Pat Lia did not see action last season and Dan Stoops made one appearance before being sidelined for the remainder of the year with an injury.
- The Minutemen have added experience in its pitching staff with a pair of transfers, DJ Jauss and Jordan Pace. Both are graduate students, eligible to play immediately after graduating from East Carolina and Presbyterian, respectively. Jauss has two remaining seasons of eligibility, while Pace has one. Pace started in 13 games for Presbyterian in 2012.
Looking To Pick Up Where They Left Off
- Several Minutemen carry over hitting and reached base streaks of five games or more from 2012.
- Dylan Begin: Active 18-game hitting streak, reached base in 22 straight
- Rich Graef: Active six-game hitting/reached base streak
- Rob McLam: Active five-game hitting streak, reached base in six straight
- Kyle Adie: Active five-game reached base streak
Beanpot Back In Fenway In 2013
- The championship/consolation games of the Beanpot Tournament will return to Fenway Park in 2013 and will be held on Monday, Apr. 29.
- UMass will host its first round Beanpot game vs. Boston College on Wednesday, Apr. 10, at 3 p.m. on Earl Lorden Field.
- The Minutemen captured their sixth Beanpot title in 2012 with an 8-7 win over Harvard at LeLacheur Park on Apr. 18 in Lowell, Mass.
- UMass next travels to Beaumont, Texas, for a four-game-series at Lamar, Mar 8-10.