Scouting St. Bonaventure
- St. Bonaventure comes into the weekend series with a 9-15 overall record and a 2-4 mark in Atlantic 10 conference play. The Bonnies won their last game against Niagara by a score of 4-0 in a weather-shortened contest that lasted just five innings.
- The Bonnies are currently batting .345 as a team with seven home runs over 24 games. Jason Radwan paces the squad and has been a tough out all season, batting .414. He’s also producing the best on-base percentage on the team at .473. Billy Urban follows, hitting .330, and has driven in a team-high 19 runs.
- St. Bonaventure’s pitching staff has collectively produced a 6.21 earned run average with 147 strikeouts and 110 walks allowed. Drew Teller has had the best results for the Bonnies out of the bullpen, holding a 3.24 earned run average over 8.1 innings pitched with eight strikeouts.
- UMass holds a 32-23 all-time record against St. Bonaventure. The two have not faced off since meeting in a three-game series in 2011, one that the Bonnies took 2-of-3 in against the Minutemen.
- Juniors Nik Campero and Rob McLam have been pacing the UMass offense as of late. Over five games last week, Campero hit .400 (8-for-20) with three mutli hit games and four RBI. McLam .hit .389 (7-for-18) over that span, including a 4-for-4 day on Friday at Rhode Island, tying his career single game high in hits. McLam holds UMass’ longest active reached base streak, currently at 12 games.
- Freshman Vinny Scifo is 5 for his last 9 in the past three contests, a .556 average, with two RBI and two stolen bases.
Minutemen Advance To Beanpot Championship
- UMass 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 this past Wednesday to secure a spot in the championship for the fourth time in the past six seasons.
. The Minutemen 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.
Home Sweet Home
- The Minutemen opened their home schedule by taking two out of three games against NJIT, Mar. 29-30 and are now 3-1 at home thus far this year. UMass went 14-6 at home last season, including winning seven of its last eight at Earl Lorden Field in 2012.
Cusick Approaching A Milestone
- Redshirt junior Ryan Cusick currently leads UMass in stolen bases this season as he is 12-for-14 on the year, accounting for 27% of the squad's stolen bases total.
- Cusick now has 42 stolen bases in his career (43-for-53) and is two shy of becoming the first Minuteman to break into the program's career stolen bases list since 2002. He needs just seven more to become the eighth UMass player in history to reach the 50 steals mark.
- In 2012, Cusick finished tied for third in the Atlantic 10 with 23 stolen bases in 39 games played. He ranked 15th in the nation in stolen bases per-game (0.59). Cusick is currently averaging .60 stolen bases per-game this year and entered the week seventh in the Atlantic 10 in stolen bases.
Going The Distance
- Senior Jordan Pace tossed UMass' first complete game of the season on Mar. 24, going all nine innings in a 1-0 setback to George Washington. Pace also went the distance this past weekend in a 3-1 loss at Rhode Island, marking his fifth career complete game as he had three in 2011 at Presbyterian. The southpaw has gone six innings or more in each of his five starts this year.
- Andrew Grant has the Minutemen's third complete game on the year, a 2-0 shutout over Rhode Island on Apr. 6.
- First career games: John Jennings (3/1 vs. Notre Dame); Zach Littman (3/1 vs. Notre Dame); Brandon Walsh (3/1 vs. Notre Dame); Vinny Scifo (3/3 vs. Ohio); Kellen Pagel (3/9 at Lamar); Ben Panunzio (3/17 vs. Manhattan)
- First career hits: Brandon Walsh (3/1 vs. Notre Dame); Vinny Scifo (3/3 vs. Ohio); John Jennings (3/15 at Seton Hall); Kellen Pagel (3/17 vs. Manhattan); Ben Panunzio (3/30 vs. NJIT); Bryan Dionicio (4/10 vs. Boston College)
- First career doubles: Paul Yanakopulos (3/2 vs. Tennessee); Jeff Cavanaro (3/3 vs. Ohio); Vinny Scifo (3/29 vs. NJIT); Kellen Pagel (4/10 vs. Boston College)
- First career triples: Brandon Walsh (3/1 vs. Notre Dame); Ben Panunzio (3/30 vs. NJIT); Adam Picard (4/10 vs. Boston College)
- First career RBI: Vinny Scifo (3/3 vs. Ohio); John Jennings (3/29 vs. NJIT); Bryan Dionicio (4/10 vs. Boston College)
- First career pitching appearance: Pat Lia (3/9 at Lamar); Evan Mackintosh (3/9 at Lamar); Adam Picard (3/9 at Lamar); Mason Trubey (3/9 at Lamar)
- First career win: Evan Mackintosh (4/10 vs. Boston College)
Picard Displays Versatility
- In UMass' second game of a doubleheader at Lamar, redshirt sophomore outfielder Adam Picard made his first collegiate pitching appearance. Picard tossed a scoreless eighth for the Minutemen, facing four batters. He currently holds a 0.00 earned run average over 2.2 innings of work.
- The 2010 Vermont Gatorade Player of the Year, Picard logged an 18-2 record on the mound in high school for Essex and struck out 110 batters in 131 career innings pitched. As a senior, he was 8-0 with a 1.30 earned run average.
Cusick's Five Hit Game
- In the Minutemen's win against Ohio, redshirt-junior Ryan Cusick went 5-for-5 for a career high. It marked the first five-hit game since 2011 when Matt Gedman went 5-for-6 at Hartford on Mar. 31.
Small Ball At Its Finest
- UMass finished the 2012 season eighth nationally as a team in sacrifices with 79 and 23rd nationally in stolen bases per game with 70 over 44 contests, an average of 1.59 per game.
- In 2013 the Minutemen have stolen 45 bases (45 for 51) over 22 contests to rank 24th in all of Division I in stolen bases per-game at 2.10.
- Rich Graef (4th, 12), Rob McLam (t-5th, 11) and Nick Sanford(t-5th, 11) all set top-10 single season marks in the UMass record book for sacrifice bunts last season.
- The UMass pitching staff is young one in 2013 after the departure of four senior arms in 2012, including Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year Joe Popielarczyk, along with Dennis Torres, who turned pro following his junior season.
- The only returning Minutemen who made multiple starts in 2012 are sophomores Conor LeBlanc and Andrew Grant. LeBlanc was 4-1 with a 3.37 ERA over 34.2 innings in 12 appearances, five starts last season and earned Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team honors. Grant finished with a mark of 1-1 over eight appearances and three starts, a total of 22.1 innings and posted a 5.24 ERA. Over Grant's last five appearances of his freshman season, his final 16.0 innings of work in 2012, he posted a 1.12 ERA with an opponent batting average of .185.
- The 2013 UMass staff includes freshmen righthanders Rob O'Neil, Mason Trubey and Brandon Walsh and lefthander Evan Mackintosh. Sophomore Pat Lia did not see action last season and Dan Stoops made one appearance before being sidelined for the remainder of the year with an injury.
- The Minutemen have added experience in its pitching staff with a pair of transfers, DJ Jauss and Jordan Pace. Both are graduate students, eligible to play immediately after graduating from East Carolina and Presbyterian, respectively. Jauss has two remaining seasons of eligibility, while Pace has one. Pace started in 13 games for Presbyterian in 2012.
- Pace's performance was one of the highlights of the Irish Classic for the Minutemen. In two appearances on the weekend, a total of 5.2 innings of work, he gave up just one hit, a single, walked two and struck out seven. Opponents hit just .053 against him (1-for-19).
- Pace boasts a team-leading 27 strikeouts to nine walks over 42.1 innings of work, while Jauss is second on the squad in innings pitched at 35.1 and is tied with Pace in Ks with 27.
- UMass will play its fourth of five straight at home when the squad plays host to Central Connecticut on Tuesday, Apr. 16, at 3:00 p.m.