April 24, 2014
|Massachusetts (8-24, 6-9 A-10) at Fordham (17-22, 7-8 A-10)
| Dates | Times
||Friday, April 25, 2014-Sunday, April 27, 2014 | 3:30 p.m./7 p.m./1 p.m.
| Location | Forecast
Friday: Partly Cloudy, 62 degrees, Chance of Rain: 20%
Saturday: Showers, 61 degrees, Chance of Rain: 60%
Sunday: Partly Cloudy, 61 degrees, Chance of Rain: 0%
| Live Stats | Video
Friday: GameTracker | A-10 All Access
Saturday: GameTracker | A-10 All Access
Sunday: GameTracker | A-10 All Access
| Social Media
||@UMassAthletics | @UMassBaseball | @FordhamBaseball
| Probable Starters
||UMass: TBA, TBA, TBA
Fordham: TBA, TBA, TBA
About the Fordham Rams
- The Rams enter this weekend's series with an overall record of 17-22 and a 7-8 mark in Atlantic 10 play, placing them sixth in the conference.
- Despite some struggles, Fordham has been victorious in four of its last six games, sweeping St. Bonaventure and taking a 5-4 decision over Fairfield on Apr. 22. The Rams last played on Apr. 23, falling at the hands of Columbia by a score of 7-5.
- Two-way senior Tim Swatek of Maywood, N.J. boasts a 4-2 record on the mound in 52.1 innings pitched over nine starts. Offensively, his batting average of .376 leads the team as well as the Atlantic 10.
- Swatek and teammate Joseph Runco have played in all 39 games thus far for the Rams, with the former starting 38 and Runco in the lineup for all 39 contests.
- Five members of the Rams' roster have made at least four starts on the bump, in part comprising the team's 4.96 earned run average. Freshman Kirk Haynes Jr. has received the starting nod six times and compiled a team-leading 3.23 ERA over 30.2 innings, posting 27 strikeouts.
UMass at the Plate
- UMass' offensive efforts continue to be led by freshman Mike Geannelis, who has posted a .309 batting average in 21 games this spring. Nik Campero is not far behind Geannelis, boasting a .305 mark and starting all 32 games.
- Along with Campero, senior Dylan Begin is tied for the team lead in RBIs with Campero, knocking in 19 runs on the campaign. Begin has also tallied two home runs and nine doubles, also tying him for highest on the team.
- The UMass bats are also highlighted in part by John Jennings. The sophomore and Newton, Mass. native posts a .406 slugging percentage in just 64 at bats this season. In that span, he has compiled a batting average of .281.
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 and freshman Ryan Moloney are tied for second with 26 strikeouts apiece.
- Senior DJ Jauss, LeBlanc and 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.
- As a staff, UMass holds a 4.89 ERA over 278.0 innings, walking 107 and sending down 154 by way of the `K'.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Geannelis, Tommy McDonald, John Mione, Ryan 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 695-692-5 (.499) overall with a 641-602-3 (.514) mark at UMass.
- The Minutemen will begin a nine-game homestand on Apr. 29, facing Holy Cross at 3 p.m. As part of the stretch, which wraps up the squad's home schedule, UMass will host A-10 foes George Mason (May 2-4) and VCU (May 9-11).