CCSU & UMass Lowell Next On The Docket For UMass Baseball

April 14, 2014

Massachusetts (7-20) at Central Connecticut (11-12)
 Date | Time Tuesday, April 15, 2014 | 3 p.m.
 Location | Forecast

New Britain, Conn. | Rain/Wind, 62 degrees, Chance of Rain: 90%

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Massachusetts (7-20) vs. UMass Lowell (10-13)
 Dates | Times Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 3 p.m.
 Location | Forecast

Amherst, Mass. | Partly Cloudy/Wind, 48 degrees, Chance of Rain: 0%

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 Probable Starters UMass: TBA
UMass Lowell: TBA 
Game Notes
The Last Meeting
Central Connecticut5
April 16, 2013
Amherst, Mass.
Win Streak To Three As Baseball Downs CCSU, 9-5
Eight Minutemen combined for a season-high 17 hits as the UMass baseball team pushed its winning streak to three, downing Central Connecticut, 9-5 on Tuesday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. Following the victory, the Minutemen improve to 8-18 overall, while the Blue Devils drop to 15-16.

About The Central Connecticut Blue Devils
- Central Connecticut enters Tuesday’s game with an overall record of 11-12. The Blue Devils play in the Northeast Conference and have a conference record of 3-5, placing them fifth in the conference.
- Most recently, the Blue Devils wrapped up a four-game series at Bryant, taking the final game of the series by a score of 3-1. Freshman right-hander Matt Blandino allowed one run in a complete game appearance, striking out four in the win.
- CCSU’s bats are highlighted by senior infielder Josh Ingham, who has also made six appearances on the mound. Offensively, he currently holds a batting average of .375 (leading the NEC) with two doubles and 11 RBI. In his pitching efforts, Ingham has earned five saves as well as a win.
-  As a team, the Blue Devils are batting .255 and have posted an earned run average of 3.88.

About The UMass Lowell River Hawks
- UMass Lowell is currently in its first season of competition at the NCAA Division I level as members of the America East Conference. Previously, the school competed in the Northeast-10 at the Division II level.
- The River Hawks enter this week with an overall record of 10-13, compiling a 3-5 mark in America East play.
- Before facing UMass for an afternoon date Wednesday, the River Hawks were swept at the hands of the Maine Black Bears this past weekend. The team will also travel to New Hampshire for a matchup at Dartmouth Tuesday at 3 p.m.
- Despite taking the loss, junior Christian Lavoie pitched eight innings of two-run ball on Apr. 13, allowing five hits and striking out three, while walking just one batter. All of Lavoie’s seven appearances have been starts, during which he has compiled a 3.71 ERA in 34 innings.
- UMass Lowell enters the week with a team batting average of .254, placing third in the conference in that category. Four position players have started all 23 games, including infielder Matt Sanchez. The junior has the second-highest batting average in America East (.341), while tallying five doubles, a triple, and 14 RBI. 

At The Plate

- Freshman Mike Geannelis leads UMass offensively with a .300 average (18-for-60) and has contributed seven RBI and nine runs scored over 18 games.

- Senior Dylan Begin paces the Minutemen with 18 RBI, while classmate Nik Campero follows closely behind with 16 RBI and has one of the team's 13 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. With a team-best nine doubles and two home runs, Begin leads the way with a .423 slugging percentage.

On The Hill
- Junior Conor LeBlanc has thrown a team-high 53.0 innings on the season over eight games and holds a 3.40 earned run average with 13 strikeouts and 13 walks with opponents hitting .264 against him. 

- Senior Aaron Plunkett leads the Minutemen in strikeouts with 25 in 42.0 innings. Sophomore Brandon Walsh is second with 23 strikeouts in 27.2 innings pitched.
- As a staff, UMass holds a 4.93 ERA over 235.2 innings with 87 walks and 133 strikeouts.
- Senior DJ Jauss and Leblanc each have two of the squad's seven wins on the year. Jauss also has one save as he is 2-1 in nine appearances--all coming out of the bullpen.

UMass Advances To Beanpot Championship With 5-3 Win Over Northeastern
- UMass has advanced to the championship game of the Beanpot for a third straight season after defeating Northeastern, 5-3, on April 9 at Earl Lorden Field.
- The Minutemen will face Harvard, who defeated Boston College 6-5 in the other first round game. The Beanpot Championship will be played on Monday, April 21, at Northeastern’s Friedman Diamond at approximately 3:45 p.m.
Freshman Tommy McDonald earned his first collegiate save on Wednesday, going 2 innings of scoreless ball. It was the first multi-inning save for the Minutemen dating back to May 17 of last year when Jordan Pace tossed 3 scoreless against the Temple Owls.
- Leadoff man Kyle Adie continued his recent hot streak, going 2-for-3 on the day against the Huskies while stealing a base and crossing the plate twice. He has reached base in 16 consecutive games and in 21 of 24 games on the season.
- Over his last Five games, Adie is batting .500 with a slugging percentage of .700.
Andrew Grant had a strong outing on the mound in his first win of the year, going seven innings and surrendering seven hits (all singles) and three earned runs. Grant also struck out nine on the day.
- Each of the 1-4 hitters for the Minutemen reached base on Wednesday and all four of them reached at least twice. The 5-6-7 trio of sophomore Brandon Walsh, redshirt junior Adam Picard, and sophomore John Jenningsfollowed by each chipping in an RBI on the day.
Dylan Begin went 2-for-4 to log his eighth multi-hit game of the season. He is currently on a three-game hitting streak and has hit safely in nine of his last 11 games. 

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 in his 27th season at the helm for the Minutemen and his 32nd overall as a head coach.

- Stone is just six wins away from his 700th of his career. He is currently 694-688-5 (.502) overall with a 640-598-3 (.517) mark at UMass. 

Next Up
- UMass will travel to George Washington this weeekend for a three-game Atlantic 10 series beginning on Friday, April 18 at 3 p.m.



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