UMass Baseball Hosts Dayton This Weekend For Home Opener

April 3, 2014

Massachusetts (3-17, 2-4 A-10) vs. Dayton (10-16, 3-3 A-10)
 Dates | Times Friday, April 4, 2014-Sunday, April 6, 2014 | 1 p.m./1 p.m./12 p.m.
 Location | Forecast

Amherst, Mass.
Friday: PM Rain, 50 degrees, Chance of Rain: 40%
Saturday: Cloudy, 56 degrees, Chance of Rain: 10%
Sunday: Mostly Sunny, 60 degrees, Chance of Rain: 0%

 Live Stats | Video

Friday: GameTracker | A-10 All Access
Saturday: GameTracker | A-10 All Access
Sunday: GameTracker | A-10 All Access

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 Probable Starters UMass: LHP Conor LeBlanc (1-3, 3.63 ERA), TBA, TBA
Dayton: RHP Joe Wahl (0-0, 8.02 ERA), RHP Noah Buettgen (3-3, 4.82 ERA), RHP Charlie Dant (3-3, 4.44 ERA)
Game Notes
The Last Meeting
May 12, 2012
Dayton, Ohio
Minutemen Drop Extra Inning Heartbreaker At Dayton, 2-1
The UMass baseball team took a 1-0 lead to the into the bottom of the ninth, but Dayton managed to force extra innings and walked off with the 2-1 victory in the 10th on Saturday afternoon at Woerner Field. Following the setback, the Minutemen fall to 19-20 overall and 11-10 in the Atlantic 10, while the Flyers improve to 25-27 and 14-7 in conference play.

About The Flyers
-  The Dayton Flyers enter this weekend’s action with a record of 10-16 and 3-3 in Atlantic 10 play.
- The Flyers last played on Wednesday, Apr. 2, defeating Eastern Michigan by a score of 7-6 at home in a game called after seven innings due to darkness.
- Of all Dayton batters with at least 10 at bats, nine enter the weekend with a batting average at or above the Mendoza Line (.200). The squad is led at the plate by junior A.J. Ryan, who tallied two doubles along with a run scored against Eastern Michigan on Apr. 2.
- In 15 games this season, Ryan is batting .383 with six doubles, a home run, and 16 RBI. The native of La Grange Park, Ill. also boasts a .975 fielding percentage.
- On the bump, the Flyers will give the starting nod to Joe Wahl, Noah Buettgen, and Charlie Dant on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, respectively. Of the three, Wahl and Dant appeared most recently in a loss to Fordham on Mar. 29.

At The Plate

- Freshman Mike Geannelis leads UMass offensively with a .318 average (14-for-44) and has contributed six RBI and eight runs scored over 14 games.

- Senior Dylan Begin paces the Minutemen with 13 RBI and has two of the team's nine 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 and Begin who have the team-high five doubles in 36 and 71 at bats respectively.

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 31.2 innings, while senior Aaron Plunkett with 17 Ks in 31.0 innings over six appearances with three starts.

- As a staff, UMass holds a 5.91 ERA over 170.2 innings with 71 walks and 91 strikeouts.

- LeBlanc is slated to make his seventh start of the season on Friday. He currently holds a 1-3 win loss record and has allowed 39 hits in his six appearances.

Looking Back: UMass At Boston College
- UMass dropped it's mid-week contest on the road at Boston College, 7-6.
-Senior Dylan Begin went 2-for-4 in the game with a double and an RBI, extending his hit streak to four games. Begin has also hit safely in six of his last seven games.
- Adam Picard also went 2 for 4 at the plate on Wednesday, with a three-run home run in the third to go up 6-2. It was Picard’s second home run of the year.
- The UMass bullpen put together a solid outing in relief of starter Tim Cassidy. Tommy McDonald, DJ Jauss, and Brandon Walsh combined for four innings of work, with one unearned run being the only blemish.
- UMass recorded three extra base hits and 11 total bases on the day. The Minutemen have posted at least one extra base hit in all but three games on the season.
- UMass also exercised some discipline at the plate, drawing six walks (two each by Mike Geannelis and Nik Campero).
- Freshman Tommy McDonald tossed a scoreless inning of relief, his fifth scoreless outing of the year.

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 690-685-5 (.502) overall with a 636-595-3 (.517) mark at UMass.

Next Up
UMass will host Siena on Tuesday, April 8 at 4 p.m., its fourth of eight straight home games.



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