Baseball Makes Trip To George Washington This Weekend

April 17, 2014

Massachusetts (7-20, 5-7 A-10) at George Washington (11-22, 4-8 A-10)
 Dates | Times Friday, April 18, 2014-Sunday, April 20, 2014 | 3 p.m./1 p.m./12 p.m.
 Location | Forecast

Alexandria, Va.
Friday: Cloudy, 59 degrees, Chance of Rain: 10%
Saturday: Partly Cloudy, 68 degrees, Chance of Rain: 10%
Sunday: Mostly Sunny, 65 degrees, Chance of Rain: 10%

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 Probable Starters UMass: TBA, TBA, TBA
George Washington: TBA, TBA, TBA
Game Notes
The Last Meeting
George Washington1
March 24, 2013
Arlington, Va.
George Washington Edges UMass Baseball, 1-0
Senior Jordan Pace threw a complete game and allowed just five hits, but UMass was edged by George Washington, 1-0 in Atlantic 10 baseball action on Sunday afternoon at Barcroft Park. Following the loss, the Minutemen are now 1-12 overall and 0-3 in A-10 play, while the Colonials move to 3-0 in the conference and 7-15 on the year.

About The George Washington Colonials
- George Washington enters this weekend series versus Massachusetts with an overall record of 11-22, with a 4-8 record in conference play (10th place in A10). The Colonials are coming off a weekend series at A-10 opponent La Salle, where they took two out of three games.
- Offensively, George Washington is led by senior Outfielder Owen Beightol who leads the team in batting average (.333), doubles (11), and home runs (2). Beightol also paces the squad with a .479 slugging percentage and is second in hits with 39 on the season. His statistics put him in the top 10 offensively in the Atlantic 10 Conference and his 11 doubles puts him at third-most by all Atlantic 10 players entering this weekends series.
- Also leading the Colonials offensively is junior Outfielder Ryan Xepoleas, who is first on the team in hits (40) and RBI (16) to go along with his .320 batting average and 10 doubles.
- On the mound, the Colonials are led by Sophomore RHP Jacob Williams, who is 3-3 with 3.54 ERA in eight starts this season. In 48.1 innings pitched, Williams has held opponents to a .211 batting average on the year.
- Sophomore Bobby LeWarne, who is 1-4 in seven starts, has 38 strikeouts in 46 innings pitched to go along with a 2.74 ERA.
- In relief, Senior LHP Colin Milon is second in the Atlantic 10 with sive saves in 14 appearances for the Colonials this spring. His 2.49 ERA leads all GW pitchers and he is first in 10 different statistical categories among GW pitchers.

On The Upswing
- UMass put together their longest win streak this year, taking four straight over Dayton, Northeastern and then two against Saint Louis to hand the Billikens their first Atlantic 10 series loss of the season. The Minutemen outscored their opponents 20-10 during that stretch.
- The Minutemen pitching staff has given up three earned runs or fewer in six consecutive games, helping to lower their team ERA to 4.93. UMass has seen five consecutive quality starts for its pitchers: Brandon Walsh (7.0 IP, 1 ER vs. Dayton), Andrew Grant (7.0 IP, 3 ER vs. Northeastern), Conor LeBlanc (6.1 IP, 1 ER vs. Saint Louis), Aaron Plunkett (6.0 IP, 2 ER vs. Saint Louis), and Walsh (9.0 IP, 1 ER).
- Senior Dylan Begin has a hit in six consecutive games and in 10 of his last 11. He knocked in four runs in the Minutemen’s 7-1 victory over Saint Louis on April 11. 
- Senior  Nik Campero has hit in seven straight games and has knocked in at least one RBI in every other contest dating back to March 22 at La Salle.
- Freshman Tommy McDonald recorded his first collegiate save in the 5-3 win over Northeastern on April 9, UMass’ Beanpot first round game. He has three consecutive scoreless appearances in relief and boasts a 3.07 ERA.
- Conor LeBlanc earned his second win of the year in the April 11 victory over the Billikens, going 6.1 innings and giving up only one earned run. He has gone at least 6.1 innings for the Minutemen in six of his eight starts this year and still went 5.0 innings in his shortest start of the seasn. He has worked 53.0 innings overall, good enough for eighth in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
- Andrew Grant turned in a huge performance for the Minutemen during their 5-3 Beanpot victory over Northeastern. The junior went seven innings, giving up three earned runs and striking out nine. It was his second straight start of six-plus innings and giving up only three earned runs.
- The UMass bats have turned it around over the last five-game stretch, hitting .292 collectively, recording double-digit hit totals and raising the team average 10 points during that stretch.

Geannelis & Picard Collect Weekly Awards
- After helping UMass to a 3-1 week that included a series victory over Saint Louis and a win vs. Northeastern to advance to the Beanpot Championship game, freshman Mike Geannelis and redshirt junior Adam Picard both collected weekly honors on April 14. Geannelis was named the Atlantic 10 Baseball Rookie of the Week, while Picard shared UMass Athlete of the Week honors.
- Geannelis pitched three hitless shutout innings of relief in the Minutemen's 3-2 series-clinching win over Saint Louis with no walks and no strikeouts to earn his first collegiate victory. He also was UMass' DH for two games on the weekend and went 3-for-9 at the plate with a run scored, including one multi-hit game as he went 2-for-4 in the Minutemen's 7-1 win over the Billikens.
- Picard hit a team-best .500 (7-for-14) over the four-game stretch last week, including a blistering .636 (7-for-11) over the Saint Louis series, that helped raise his season batting average 50 points. The right fielder had three multi-hit games on the weekend against the Billikens, going 3-for-3 with two RBI and 2-for-3 with a run scored in UMass' pair of wins in the series, while hitting 2-for-5 in the 2-1 loss in the series finale.

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 next head to Boston, Mass., on Monday, April 21, for the Beanpot Championship game against Harvard at Northeastern. The game between the Minutemen and the Crimson will start approximately 45 minutes following the conclusion of the consolation game, which is slated for an 11:30 a.m. first pitch.



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