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Baseball Plays Harvard For Beanpot Title, Hosts UConn

April 20, 2014

BEANPOT CHAMPIONSHIP - Massachusetts (8-22) vs. Harvard (10-24)
 Date | Time Monday, April 21, 2014 | Approximately 3:30 p.m.
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Boston, Mass. (Friedman Diamond) | Sunny, 62 degrees, Chance of Rain: 0%

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Massachusetts (8-22) vs. Connecticut (18-19)
 Dates | Time Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 3 p.m.
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Amherst, Mass. | Partly Cloudy/Wind, 70 degrees, Chance of Rain: 30%

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Game Notes

Leading Off
- UMass is 5-3 over its last eight games, including a 4-1 mark at home. The team is batting .307 during that stretch with 10 or more hits in five of those contests.
- Senior Nik Campero has a squad-best active 10-game hitting streak and has reached base in 12 straight contests. Over the streak, Campero is batting 15-for-38 (.395) with four doubles, eight RBI and seven runs scored and an on-base percentage of .455. He has raised his batting average 45 points during that stretch with three multi-hit games, including a 4-for-4 day in game two at George Washington. In the last five games, Campero is 10-for-22 (.455).
- Senior Dylan Begin has an active nine-game hitting streak, going 12-for-36 (.333) at the plate over those nine game with four doubles, six RBI and three runs scored.
- As a staff, UMass' earned run average is a mere 2.61 over the past eight games (72.1 innings). The Minutemen's starting pitchers have strung togehter eight consecutive quality starts with six or more innings pitched and three or fewer earned runs allowed.
- Freshman Mike Geannelis has a 0.00 era and is 2-0 over his last three relief appearances (3.2 innings) with an opposing batting average of .188. He hit .429 (3-for-7) over the weekend at GW.

Beanpot Bits
- The Minutemen are 19-17 overall in the Beanpot Tournament since first playing in the event in 1996.
- UMass is making its 10th appearance in the Beanpot Championship and third in the past three seasons. The Minutemen hold a 5-4 record in the championship game.
- In addition to their five titles, the Minutemen also shared the 1998 Beanpot crown after the championship game was rained out.
- UMass is 2-0 in the Beanpot title game against Harvard, including an 8-7 win over the Crimson for the squad's most recent championship in 2012.
- The Minutemen are 8-4 all-time versus Harvard in Beanpot games, 17-26 overall.

About The Harvard Crimson
- Harvard enters Monday's Beanpot Championship with a record of 10-24 overall and dropped 3-of-4 at Yale this past weekend, taking the series opener, 6-2, but falling 8-2, 1-0 and 7-6 in the remaining three games. The Crimson advanced to the Beanpot Championship with a 6-5 win over Boston College on April 9.
- Carlton Bailey leads the Crimson with a .306 average (30-for-98) and has started 25 of the team's 34 games, contributing seven doubles, 13 RBI and 14 runs scored. Kyle Larrow follows with a .296 (40-for-135) average, three doubles, one triple, 16 RBI and a team-leading 22 runs scored. Brandon Kregel (.274) paces the squad with 17 RBI. Collectively, Harvard is hitting .251 with three home runs.
- The Crimson pitching staff holds an earned run average of 4.36 over 280.2 innings with 109 walks to 229 strikeouts. Danny Moskovits, who has made nine appearances, three starts, holds the team's best ERA at 1.80 over 30.0 innings with 14 walks and 25 strikeouts.

About The Connecticut Huskies
- UConn will host Central Connecticut before coming to Amherst on Tuesday and holds a record of 18-19. This past weekend, the Huskies played host to Temple fell 2-1 in the weekend series, winning the opener 4-1 and dropping the next two 7-4 in 14 innings and 6-2.
- As a team, UConn is batting .272 through 37 games with 17 home runs. Bobby Melley and Blake Davey lead the way with .375 averages and 27 and 24 RBI, respectively. Davey paces the Huskies with eight home runs and 23 runs scored. Melley and Daniello are tied for the team lead in doubles with 10 apiece.
- UConn's pitching staff holds a 2.67 earned run average over 337.0 innings with 177 walks and 262 strikeouts. Patrick Ruotolo, the Huskies' top reliever, has made a team-high 17 appearances and has the squad's best ERA at 1.42 over 31.2 innings with a 1-3 record, two saves, 15 walks and 37 strikeouts.

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 .313 average (21-for-67) and has contributed eight RBI and nine runs scored over 20 games. Senior Nik Campero follows closely behind, hitting .312 (34-for-109) with 18 RBI and 16 runs scored, seven doubles and one home run.
- Senior Dylan Begin paces the Minutemen with 19 RBI and nine doubles, to go along with two home runs and 10 runs scored.
- In just 58 at bats, John Jennings has eight doubles and leads UMass with a .431 slugging percentage. He is 17-for-58 (.293) on the year.

On The Hill
- Junior Conor LeBlanc has thrown a team-high 59.1 innings on the season over nine starts and leads UMass with a 3.49 earned run average with 14 strikeouts and 14 walks with opponents hitting .276 against him. He has worked at least five innings in every start this season, going six-plus innings in seven of his nine outings.
- Senior Aaron Plunkett leads the Minutemen in strikeouts with 28 in 49.1 innings. Sophomore Brandon Walsh is second with 26 strikeouts in 31.2 innings pitched.
- As a staff, UMass holds a 4.83 ERA over 261.0 innings with 100 walks and 144 strikeouts.
- Senior DJ Jauss, Leblanc and freshman Mike Geannelis each have two of the squad's eight 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 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..
Freshman Tommy McDonald earned his first collegiate save on Wednesday, thowing two 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 went 2-for-3 on the day against the Huskies while stealing a base and crossing the plate twice.
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 in the contest and all four reached at least twice. The 5-6-7 trio of sophomore Brandon Walsh, redshirt junior Adam Picard, and sophomore John Jennings followed 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. 

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 five wins away from his 700th of his career. He is currently 695-690-5 (.502) overall with a 641-600-3 (.516) mark at UMass. 

Next Up
- UMass will travel to the Bronx, N.Y., to take on Fordham in a three-game Atlantic 10 series, Friday-Sunday, April 25-27. Game times are set for 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 1:00 p.m., respectively.

The Last Meeting
Massachusetts8
Harvard (Beanpot Championship)7
April 18, 2012
Lowell, Mass.
UMass Defeats Harvard To Claim Sixth Beanpot Title!
On the back of an 8-0 start and 11 strikeouts by freshman left-hander Conor LeBlanc, the UMass baseball team claimed its sixth Beanpot Championship with an 8-7 win over Harvard at LeLacheur Park on Wednesday afternoon. The Minutemen, who take home the title for the first time since 2008, move to 12-13 on the season with the victory, while the Crimson falls to 8-26.

The Last Meeting
Massachusetts4
Connecticut5
April 23, 2013
Storrs, Conn.
UConn Uses Big 6th To Slip Past Baseball, 5-4
The UMass baseball team led after scoring a run in each of the first three innings, but Connecticut plated four in the sixth to defeat the Minutemen, 5-4 on Tuesday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field. Following the setback, UMass is now 9-22 on the season, while the Huskies improve to 24-16 overall.


 

 

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