A-10 Play Opens For UMass Baseball At La Salle

March 20, 2014

Massachusetts (1-12, 0-0 A-10) at La Salle (3-16, 0-0 A-10)
 Dates | Times Friday, March 21, 2014-Sunday, March 23, 2014 | 3:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m.
 Location | Forecast Philadelphia, Pa.
Friday: Mostly Sunny, 56 degrees, Chance of Rain: 0%
Saturday: AM Clouds/PM Sun, 65 degrees, Chance of Rain: 10%
Sunday: Mostly Cloudy, 50 degrees, Chance of Rain: 0% 
 Live Stats SideArm Stats 
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassBaseball  | @GoExplorers  
 Probable Starters UMass: LHP Conor LeBlanc (1-2, 2.76 ERA), RHP Ryan Moloney (0-4, 7.25 ERA), LHP Aaron Plunkett (0-2, 4.91 ERA)
La Salle: RHP Shane Hollman (2-1, 4.16 ERA), RHP Joey Ravert (1-0, 2.25 ERA), TBD 
Game Notes

The Last Meeting
La Salle6
April 21, 2013
Philadelphia, Pa.
Baseball Drops Series Finale To La Salle, 6-2
The UMass baseball team dropped the final game of its weekend series at La Salle, 6-2 on Sunday afternoon at DeVincent Field. Following the loss, the Minutemen fall to 9-21 overall, 3-9 in the Atlantic 10, while the Explorers improve to 18-19 on the season and 11-4 in conference action.

About The Explorers
- La Salle heads into Atlantic 10 play with a record of 3-16 overall with a 1-3 mark at home and are coming off three straight losses to Villanova (3-6), Hartford (1-8) and Connecticut (1-17).
- As a team, the Explorers are batting .263 and have hit five home runs in 19 games. Cameron Johnson leads the squad with a .348 average (23-for-66) with four doubles, one triple, nine RBI and eight runs scored. Kevin Baron and Justin Korenblatt follow, both hitting .347 (26-for-75). Baron is tied for the team lead in runs scored with 11 and Korenblatt is tied for the team lead in RBI with 12.
- Joey Ravert leads La Salle with a 2.25 earned run average over 16.0 innings with three walks and nine strikeouts over four appearances with two starts. Shane Hollman is second for the Explorers with a 4.16 ERA over five starts, 21.2 innings with a squad-best 21 strikeouts and 10 walks.

Last Time Against La Salle
- La Salle took all three games against the Minutemen last season in Philadelphia, winning by the scores of 17-5, 9-7 and 6-2. UMass leads the all-time series, which began in 1998, 21-10. The teams are an even 9-9 in Philadelphia.

At The Plate
- Two UMass batters are hitting .300 or higher through the team's first 13 games of the season, paced by freshman Mike Geannelis who is coming off a 2-for-3 day against Harford and is batting .333 (10-for-30) for the season with three doubles, three RBI and five runs scored. Senior Nik Campero follows at .304 (14-for-46), leads the team in hits and is one of four players who have seen action in all 13 games on the year. - Senior Dylan Begin paces the Minutemen with eight RBI and has one of the team's five home runs on the year with Campero, sophomore Brandon 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. 
- 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 6.51 ERA over 110.2 innings with 45 walks and 59 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 688-677-3 (.504) overall with a 634-587-3 (.520) mark at UMass.

Next Up
- UMass is slated to host Holy Cross on Tuesday, March 25, at 3 p.m. on Earl Lorden Field.



  • Loading Tweets...
    1 second ago