UMass Baseball Travels To Strike Out Cancer Tourney

March 14, 2013

 Massachusetts at Strike Out Cancer Tournament
Dates  Friday, March 15 at 2:00 p.m. at Seton Hall
 Saturday, March 16 at 12:00 p.m. vs. Manhattan
 Sunday, March 17 at 12:00 p.m. vs. Manhattan
 Sunday, March 17 at 3:00 p.m. at Seton Hall
Location  Owen T. Carroll Field | South Orange, N.J.
Weather Forecast  Friday: Mostly Cloudy, 49 Degrees | Chance of Rain: 0%
 Saturday: Rain/Snow Showers, 42 Degrees | Chance of Rain: 50%
 Sunday: Partly Cloudy, 47 Degrees | Chance of Rain: 10%
UMass Probables

 Friday at Seton Hall: LHP Conor LeBlanc (0-1, 11.57 ERA)
 Saturday vs. Manhattan: --
 Sunday vs. Manhattan: --
 Sunday at Seton Hall: RHP Andrew Grant (0-1, 9.00 ERA)

Seton Hall Probables
 Friday: RHP Jon Prosinski (1-2, 4.15 ERA)
 Sunday: RHP Sam Burum (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Radio None
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 Game Notes

Scouting Seton Hall
- Seton Hall enters Friday’s matchup with UMass holding a record of 3-9 overall, winning all three in a sweep at Pepperdine last weekend.
- Four members of the Pirates are hitting .308 or better, led by Chris Selden’s .421 average. Currently, Mike Genovese (.289) paces Seton Hall with eight RBI. Collectively, the Pirates are batting .249 with 36 RBI and 44 runs scored.
- Seton Hall’s pitching staff holds an ERA of 5.24 through 101.1 innings with opponents hitting .262. The Pirates have fanned 74 batters, while walking 45 and have let up 10 home runs on the year.
- UMass is 1-3 all-time against Seton Hall. The teams have not met since the 1998 season.

Scouting Manhattan
Manhattan enters the Strike Out Cancer Tournament with a record of 3-8 overall, going 2-3 in its last five contests.
- Only John Aiden O’Leary is batting over .300 (minimum of 20 at-bats) for the Jaspers, with an average of .320. Kyle Murphy leads Manhattan with three home runs and eight RBI. Overall, the Jaspers are hitting .215 with 10 home runs and 41 RBI.
-Manhattan’s pitching staff boasts an ERA of 6.92 through 91.0 innings pitched with opponents batting .336 against them. The Jaspers have struck out 48, while giving a free pass to 44.
- This weekends games will mark the first ever between the Minutemen and the Jaspers.

Balanced Bats
- 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 eight players that started four games or more, seven are hitting .260 or higher. Senior Anthony Serino is batting a team-best .364 as he is 8-for-22 and has started every contest thus far and has a team-best four sacrifice hits.

Welcome Relief
- 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).
- Sophomore Dan Stoops has not allowed a run and has limited opponents to just two hits in five innings of relief, spanning two appearances. Opponents are batting just .125 against him.

Career Firsts
- 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); Kellen Pagel (3/9 at Lamar); Billy Jones (3/9 at Lamar)
- 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)
- First career pitching appearance: Pat Lia (3/9 at Lamar); Evan Mackintosh (3/9 at Lamar); Adam Picard (3/9 at Lamar); Mason Trubey (3/9 at Lamar)

Picard Displays Versatility
- In UMass’ second game of a doubleheader at Lamar, redshirt sophomore outfielder Adam Picard made his first collegiate pitching appearance. Picard tossed a scoreless eighth for the Minutemen, facing four batters.

- The 2010 Vermont Gatorade Player of the Year, Picard logged an 18-2 record on the mound in high school for Essex and struck out 110 batters in 131 career innings pitched. As a senior, he was 8-0 with a 1.30 earned run average.

Cusick's Five Hit Game
- In the Minutemen’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. 

Hello Again
- 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.

Young Arms
- 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. 

Added Experience
- 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). He made his debut in the starting rotation last weekend at Lamar and has tossed 11.2 innings on the year and holds a 1.54 earned run average. Pace boasts a team-leading 12 strikeouts to five walks.

Picking Up Where They Left Off
- Several Minutemen have carried over reached base streaks of five games or more from 2012. Juniors Rob McLam and Nik Campero have both reached base in all six contests to start 2013.
- Rob McLam: Active 12-game reached base streak (six-game streak entering 2013)
- Nik Campero: Active 10-game reached base streak (four-game streak entering 2013)
- Kyle Adie: Active five-game reached base streak
- Rich Graef: 11-game reached base streak (six-game streak entering 2013, reached base in five straight to start the season).

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. 

Up Next
- UMass will open its home schedule on Wednesday, March 20, against Hartford at 3 p.m.



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