- In UMass' opening weekend at the Irish Classic, six or more players had hits in each of the team's three games. Out of the 13 hitters that had at least one at bat over the weekend, 10 scored at least one run and eight of the 13 had at least one RBI.
- Among the nine players that started two games ore more, seven have opened the season with batting averages of .300 or higher.
Bullpen Impressing Early
- The Minutemen bullpen was one of the team's biggest strengths at the Irish Classic. Four pitchers threw a combined 13.2 innings of relief for UMass and did not allow an earned run while holding opponents to a .106 batting average (5-for-47).
- In his second career outing, sophomore Dan Stoops worked four shutout innings, allowing two hits, walking one and striking out three.
- First career games: John Jennings (3/1 vs. Notre Dame); Zach Littman (3/1 vs. Notre Dame); Brandon Walsh (3/1 vs. Notre Dame); Vinny Scifo (3/3 vs. Ohio)
- First career hits: Brandon Walsh (3/1 vs. Notre Dame); Vinny Scifo (3/3 vs. Ohio)
- First career doubles: Jeff Cavanaro (3/3 vs. Ohio)
- First career triples: Brandon Walsh (3/1 vs. Notre Dame)
- First career RBI: Vinny Scifo (3/3 vs. Ohio)
Cusick's Five Hit Game
- In last Sunday's win against Ohio, redshirt-junior Ryan Cusick went 5-for-5 for a career high. It marked the first five-hit game since 2011 when Matt Gedman went 5-for-6 at Hartford on Mar. 31.
- 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.
- Pace's performance was one of the highlights of the Irish Classic for the Minutemen. In two appearances on the weekend, a total of 5.2 innings of work, he gave up just one hit, a single, walked two and struck out seven. Opponents hit just .053 against him (1-for-19).
Looking To Pick Up Where They Left Off
- Several Minutemen have carried 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 nine-game reached base streak (six-game streak entering 2013)
- Rob McLam: Active eight-game hitting streak (five-game streak entering 2013), reached base in nine straight (six-game streak entering 2013)
- 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 South Orange, N.J., for the Strike Out Cancer Tournament at Seton Hall, March 15-17.