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UMass Baseball, Boston College To Square Off In Midweek Matchup

April 1, 2014

Massachusetts (3-16, 2-4 A-10) at Boston College (8-18, 1-11 ACC)
 Date | Time Wednesday, April 2 | 3:00 p.m.
 Location | Forecast Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Partly Cloudy, 55 degrees, Chance of Rain: 10%
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 Probable Starters UMass: RHP Tim Cassidy (0-0, 9.39 ERA)
Boston College: RHP Justin Dunn (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Game Notes

The Last Meeting
Boston College6
Massachusetts11
April 10, 2013
Amherst, Mass.
Baseball Blasts BC, 11-6, Advances To Beanpot Championship
The UMass baseball team rallied from a 4-0 deficit by scoring a season-high 11 runs to down Boston College, 11-6, in the teams' first round Beanpot game on Wednesday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. The Minutemen, who move to 5-17 on the season following the win, 3-1 at home, will now have the opportunity to defend their 2012 title as the squad advances to play Northeastern in the Beanpot Championship game on Apr. 29 at Fenway Park.

About The Eagles
- Boston College heads into Wednesday's match up with a record of 8-18 overall with a 2-5 mark at home and are coming off a 2-1 walkoff victory over Connecticut. The Eagles are 1-11 in the ACC.
- As a team, the Eagles are batting .224 and have hit three home runs in 26 games. Sophomore Logan Hoggarth leads the squad with a .276 average (16-for-58) with three doubles, 10 RBI and four runs scored. Gabriel Hernandez follows behind with a .253 average (20-for-79) with two doubles, a triple, one home run and 8 RBI. Tom Bourdon paces the team with 12 RBI and Chris Shaw leads the squad with nine doubles.
- Andrew Chin leads BC with a 1.95 earned run average over 37.0 innings with 17 walks and 24 strikeouts over seven starts. John Gorman is second for the Eagles with a 3.68 ERA over seven starts, 36.2 innings with a squad-best 29 strikeouts to nine walks. 
- As a staff, Boston College holds a 4.14 ERA with 157 strikeouts to 112 walks over 230.2 innings. Wednesday's probable starter, Justin Dunn, has pitched a total of two innings on the season over three appearances and has allowed two hits. 

At The Plate
- Freshman Mike Geannelis leads UMass offensively with a .333 average (14-for-42) and has contributed six RBI and seven runs scored over 13 games.
- Senior Dylan Begin paces the Minutemen with 12 RBI and has two of the team's eight home runs on the year with Campero, sophomore Brandon Walsh, redshirt junior Adam Picard, redshirt junior Kyle Adie, senior Kellen Pagel and Geannelis accounting for the others. Ten individuals have multiple extra base hits on the year, including sophomore John Jennings who has a team-high five doubles in 36 at bats.

On The Hill
Junior Conor LeBlanc has thrown a team-high 39.2 innings on the season over six starts and holds a 3.63 earned run average with nine strikeouts and 10 walks with opponents hitting .267 against him. 

- Freshman Ryan Moloney leads the Minutemen with 18 strikeouts in 31.0 innings, while enior Aaron Plunkett with 17 Ks in 31.0 innings over six appearances with three starts.
- As a staff, UMass holds a 5.92 ERA over 162.2 innings with 65 walks and 85 strikeouts.
- Wednesday’s starter, redshirt sophomore Tim Cassidy, is making his first start of the season. To date, he has thrown 7.2 innings over four appearances.

Richmond Series Recap
- UMass was swept in its Atlantic series at Richmond last weekend, 6-4, 10-1 and 8-5.
- Senior Dylan Begin went 5-12 on the weekend with three doubles. He knocked in two runs in the series.
- Sophomore Brandon Walsh went 4-5 in the opening game of the series, equaling his total for hits in 2013.
- Sophomore LHP Evan Mackintosh tossed a scoreless 1-2-3 inning of relief, while recording a strikeout in game two.
-The Minutemen recorded 13 hits in the series-opening loss to Richmond, their second most on the season. UMass had 19 hits in a rout of North Carolina A&T on March 8.
-Freshman Mike Geannelis had a strong weekend, extending his hit streak to seven games. He went 2-for-4 in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader and belted his first collegiate home run in Sunday’s contest.
- Sophomore Vinny Scifo had a break out game in the first half of Saturday’s doubleheader with three hits and an RBI in five plate appearances, equaling his season total in hits heading into the day’s action.
- Senior Nik Campero notched his team-leading sixth multi-hit game of the season, going 2-for-4 in the 8-5 loss to the Spiders on Sunday.
- Both Conor LeBlanc and Ryan Moloney posted a season-high in strikeouts in Saturday’s doubleheader. Leblanc recorded three Ks over 5.1 innings of work in game one, while Moloney fanned five of his own over 4.2 innings in game two.

UMass Takes First A-10 Series Of The Season
- The Minutemen opened A-10 play at La Salle and took the series, 2-1, over the Explorers with a 7-6 extra inning victory in game one and an 8-6 win in game two.
- Senior Kellen Pagel hit his first career home run, a three-run shot, to lift the Minutemen over the Explorers in game two.
-  Senior DJ Jauss collected a win and a save over two appearances on the weekend, pitching two innings without allowing a run and letting up just one hit with two walks and two strikeouts. The save was the first of his UMass career.
- Sophomore Brandon Walsh earned his first career win out of the bullpen in game two, allowing only two hits in 3.1 innings pitched.)
- Despite taking the loss on Sunday, senior Aaron Plunkett had his best outing of the season thus far, allowing only a single earned run in 7.1 innings pitched.
- Freshman Dylan Morris went 2-for-5 including a double over the weekend, driving in two runs.

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.

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 is just 10 wins away from his 700th of his career. Overall he is currently 690-684-5 (.502) overall with a 636-594-3 (.517) mark at UMass.

Next Up
- UMass is slated to open its home schedule with a three-game Atlantic 10 series against Dayton this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 4-6.


 

 

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