UMass Baseball Heads To Hartford For Wednesday Matchup

March 18, 2014

Massachusetts (1-11) at Hartford (5-7)
 Date | Time Wednesday, March 19, 2014 | 2:00 p.m.
 Location Hartford, Conn. | Partly Cloudy, 43 degrees, Chance of Rain: 0%
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 Probable Starters UMass: TBA | Hartford: TBA
Game Notes

The Last Meeting
April 17, 2013
Amherst, Mass.
Pagel's Walk Off Lifts UMass Baseball Past Hartford In Extras
Kellen Pagel picked up his first career RBI with a bases loaded single in the bottom of the 10th to lift the UMass baseball team to a 4-3 come-from-behind win over Hartford on Wednesday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. The victory, which was the fourth straight for the Minutemen, moves the squad to 9-18 on the season, while the Hawks fall to 11-22.

About The Hawks
- Hartford enters Wednesday’s matchup with the Minutemen holding a record of 5-7, coming off an 8-1 win over La Salle last Sunday in a weekend trip to Philadelphia, Pa.
- Billy Walker leads three Hawks’ hitters who hold batting averages of .300 or higher at .333 (13-for-39) and has one of the team’s five home runs on the season with six RBI and five runs scored. Ryan Lukach follows (.306, 15-for-49) and paces the squad with 11 RBI, while sitting tied for second with eight runs scored. Lukach has one home run on the season, as well, and has started all 12 games for the Hawks.
- As a team, Hartford is hitting .252, while its pitching staff holds a 3.03 earned run average with 94 strikeouts and 50 walks in 110 innings. Sean Newcomb boasts a 0.00 ERA and has allowed just one unearned run in 24.2 innings pitched over four starts.

Last Time Against Hartford
- UMass defeated Hartford, 4-3 in 10 innings when the teams met last spring on Apr. 17 in Amherst. The Minutemen won in come-from-behind fashion on a walk-off single by current senior Kellen Pagel for his first career RBI. Redshirt junior Adam Picard (2-for-4) and senior Nik Campero (2-for-4) both joined Pagel with multiple hits in the contest.
- In the all-time series, UMass leads Hartford 21-9 all-time. The last two meetings, both victories for the Minutemen, have been decided by one run.

At The Plate
- Three UMass batters are hitting .300 or higher through the team’s first 12 games of the season with one more, freshman Mike Geannelis, sitting just shy of the mark at .296 (8-for-27). Sophomore John Jennings paces the group with a .320 average (8-for-25) and has a squad-best four doubles on the year. Senior Nik Campero follows at .310 (13-for-42), leads the team in hits and is one of four players who have seen action in all 12 games on the year. Sophomore Brandon Walsh is batting .308 with eight hits in 26 at bats.
- Senior Dylan Begin paces the Minutemen with eight RBI and has one of the team’s five home runs on the year with Campero, Walsh, redshirt junior Adam Picard and redshirt junior Kyle Adie accounting for the others. Six individuals have multiple extra base hits on the year.

On The Hill
- Junior Conor LeBlanc has thrown a team-high 29.1 innings on the season over four starts and holds a 2.76 earned run average with six strikeouts and four walks with opponents hitting .236 against him.
- Wednesday’s starter, Andrew Grant, has made a team-high five appearances on the year, all in relief, for a total of 7.2 innings.
- Senior Aaron Plunkett has a squad-best 13 strikeouts in 18.1 innings over four appearances with one start.
- As a staff, UMass holds a 6.75 ERA over 102.2 innings with 42 walks and 56 strikeouts.

Offensive Outburst
-  UMass earned its first win of the season on Mar. 8 with a 15-0 decision over North Carolina A&T. The game included home runs from Brandon Walsh and Kyle Adie, marking the first round trips that both players have made in their collegiate careers.
-  The Minutemen exploded for 19 hits and four home runs in their victory, setting the team’s highest single-game totals in those categories since Mar. 26, 2011, when the team hit four home runs in a 6-3 win over George Washington.

Begin, Walsh Set Personal Bests
- Dylan Begin set a number of single-game career highs on Mar. 8 against North Carolina A&T including hits (4) and RBI (5). The senior also tallied two runs scored in one game for the fifth time and two doubles for the second time.
- Brandon Walsh had three hits and two runs scored on Mar. 8, marking career highs in those categories.

Bats Back
- The Minutemen return 25 members from the 2013 roster, including seven of its nine regular starters in the field, but will be without the services of All-Atlantic 10 DH Rob McLam who will redshirt the 2014 season.
- The returnees who will see action this season accounted for 50% of the tam's runs scored, 65% of its RBI and 69% of its extra base hits in 2014, including eight of nine home runs.
- Senior Nik Campero is the team's top returning hitter for average after hitting .305 (50-for-164) last season with 20 RBI. Redshirt junior Adam Picard posted a .300 average in 2013 (42-for-150) and led the Minutemen with 31 RBI, while matching senior Dylan Begin for the team lead in home runs (4) last spring.

Returning Arms
- UMass returns 264.9 of its 398.1 innings from last season including five individuals who made at least one start on the mound in 2013.
- Among those back for 2014 is senior DJ Jauss who posted a 4.04 ERA last year with 35 strikeouts in 49.0 innings.
- Right-handed pitcher Andrew Grant started all 12 games that he appeared in as a sophomore in 2013 and led the Minutemen in wins (3) and strikeouts (58).
- The Minutemen welcome five freshman arms to the pitching staff: Mike GeannelisTommy McDonaldJohn MioneRyan Moloney and Ryan Venditti.

Nearing Another Mile-Stone
- Head coach Mike Stone is entering his 27th season at the helm for the Minutemen and his 32nd overall as a head coach.
- Stone begins 2014 just 12 wins away from his 700th of his career. Overall he is currently 688-676-3 (.504) overall with a 634-586-3 (.520) mark at UMass.

Next Up
- UMass is slated to open up Atlantic 10 Play this weekend with a three-game series against La Salle, March 21-23.



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