Baseball Continues Homestand With Siena & Northeastern Matchups

April 7, 2014

Massachusetts (4-19) vs. Siena (5-23)
 Date | Time Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | 3 p.m.
 Location | Forecast

Amherst, Mass. | Partly Cloudy, 64 degrees, Chance of Rain: 20%

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 Probable Starters UMass: TBA
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Massachusetts (4-19) vs. Northeastern (13-15) - BEANPOT FIRST ROUND
 Dates | Times Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | 3 p.m.
 Location | Forecast

Amherst, Mass. | Sunny/Wind, 54 degrees, Chance of Rain: 0%

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 Probable Starters UMass: TBA
Northeastern: TBA 
Game Notes
About The Saints
- Siena enters Tuesday's contest with an overall record of 5-23. The Saints play in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and currently hold a record of 5-1 in MAAC play.
- The Saints are in the midst of a five-game losing streak, most recently falling at the hands of the Michigan State Spartans on Apr. 6 by a score of 5-1. The squad's last win came on Mar. 31, defeating Marist in the second game of a doubleheader.
- Despite some struggles of late, of note on the Saints' pitching staff is junior Matt Gage. The Gloversville, N.Y. native has made eight starts this season, completing three games, and received All Star honors last summer in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League.
- Five members of the Saints' roster have started all 28 games this season, including leadoff man Vincent Citro. A senior, Citro leads the team in batting average (.327) and has tallied eight RBI this season.
- Through 28 games, Siena has left as many runners on base as its opponents (217).

About Northeastern
- Northeastern entered this week two games under .500, posting a 13-15 record (2-4 CAA). Prior to Wednesday's game at UMass, the Huskies play host to Connecticut on Tuesday afternoon.
- Northeastern finds itself in a three-game skid in conference play after being swept last weekend at Delaware. The middle game of the series was the only one with a scoring margin of more than one run.
-  The Huskies are a team comprised primarily of youth, with the roster consisting of 12 freshmen, more than any other class.
-  Connor Lyons leads Northeastern in batting average (.348) and is tied for 11th in the CAA in that category. The senior has started all 28 games this season and has also tallied four doubles, four triples, and eight RBI in that span.
-  Senior Chris Carmain has seen more action than any other member of the Huskies' pitching staff, tossing 47 innings in seven starts. He has held his opponents to a .229 batting average and boasts a 1.15 earned run average.
-  As a team, the Huskies have an ERA of 3.00. 

At The Plate

- Freshman Mike Geannelis leads UMass offensively with a .294 average (15-for-51) and has contributed seven RBI and eight runs scored over 16 games.

- Senior Nik Campero paces the Minutemen with 14 RBI, while classmate Dylan Begin follows closely behind wht 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. Eleven individuals have multiple extra base hits on the year, including sophomore John Jennings  who leads the squad with six doubles, half of his hits total (12) over 43 at bats.

On The Hill
- Junior Conor LeBlanc has thrown a team-high 46.2 innings on the season over seven and holds a 3.66 earned run average with 12 strikeouts and 12 walks with opponents hitting .273 against him. 

- Freshman Ryan Moloney and senior Aaron Plunkett lead the Minutemen in strikeouts with 21 in 33.2 innings and 21 in 36.0 innings, respectively.

- As a staff, UMass holds a 5.51 ERA over 192.2 innings with 80 walks and 109 strikeouts.
- Senior DJ Jauss has two of the squad's four wins on the year to go along with one save as he is 2-1 in a team-high nine appearances--all coming out of the bullpen.

Dayton Series Recap
- UMass took the series finale against Dayton in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the ninth, 5-4, on Sunday after dropping the previous two games of the series, 6-5 and 6-2. The Minutemen led in all three contests.
- Redshirt junior Kyle Adie hit a blistering .538 (7-for-13) with three doubles, an RBI and three runs scored in the series against the Flyers.
- Adie, who had the game-winning hit in Sunday's contest, extended his reached base streak to 15 straight games. He went 4-for-5 in the series finale against the Flyers to match UMass' single game high for hits this season that also set a new career high. It marked his seventh multi-hit game of the season, tying him for the team lead in that category.
 - Senior Nik Campero drove in four runs over the weekend series, including three RBI in Sunday's win to match a career high for his second game this season with multiple runs driven in.
- The Minutemen pitching staff posted a 3.00 ERA over the three games against the Flyers with DJ Jauss earning the win with a scoreless inning of relief on Sunday.
- UMass' three starting pitchers on the weekend--junior Conor LeBlanc, senior Aaron Plunkett and sophomore Brandon Walsh--all worked five or more innings in their starts.
- LeBlanc tossed seven innings in game one, his fourth time in seven starts on the year going seven or more innings.
- In what was his second start of the season on the mound, Walsh worked seven innings, nearly half of his season total of 17.2 innings, accumulated over eight appearances on the year. Walsh also stayed in the game to catch the final two innings of Sunday's game and scored the winning run for the Minutemen in the bottom of the ninth. 

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.)

- 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 nine wins away from his 700th of his career. Overall he is currently 691-687-5 (.501) overall with a 637-597-3 (.516) mark at UMass.

Next Up
UMass will host Saint Louis this Friday-Sunday, April 11-13, 2014 to cap off a stretch of eight straight home games.

The Last Meeting
April 1, 2013
Loudonville, N.Y.
Comeback Falls Short For UMass Baseball At Siena, 8-4
The UMass baseball team brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning after starting out the contest with a 6-0 deficit, but was unable to complete the comeback, falling 8-4 to Siena on Monday afternoon at Siena Field. Following the loss, the Minutemen sit at 3-14 on the season, while the Saints improve to 18-8.

The Last Meeting
April 29, 2013
Boston, Mass.
Baseball Falls To Northeastern 6-3 In Beanpot Championship
The UMass baseball team held an early lead, but a four-run fourth helped carry Northeastern to a 6-3 victory in the Beanpot Championship game on Monday evening at Fenway Park. Following the setback, the Minutemen fall to 10-25 on the season, while the Huskies improve to 24-17 and earn their sixth Beanpot title.



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