UMass Hosts UConn, Quinnipiac in Mid-Week Action

April 28, 2014

Massachusetts (9-26, 7-11 A-10) vs. Connecticut (21-22, 5-9 AAC)
 Date | Time Tuesday, April 29, 2014 | 3 p.m.
 Location | Forecast

Amherst, Mass. | Cloudy, 50 degrees, Chance of Rain: 10%

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Massachusetts (9-26, 7-11 A-10) vs. Quinnipiac (15-21, 10-2 MAAC)
 Dates | Time Wednesday, April 30, 2014 | 3 p.m.
 Location | Forecast

Amherst, Mass. | Rain, 46 degrees, Chance of Rain: 90%

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Game Notes

Game Notes
In the Leadoff Spot
- The Minutemen were victorious in game three of their trip to Fordham University (Apr. 25-27), taking the series finale by a score of 4-1.
- Nick Sanford scored what ultimately became the game-winning run in the sixth inning. The senior led off the frame with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice, and scored on an RBI single by Dylan Begin.
- Sanford and Begin later knocked in insurance runs in Kyle Adie and Sanford, respectively, putting the score at 4-1.
- Andrew Grant had a highlight performance on the mound in the win, tossing a complete game. Grant walked two and allowed six hits while striking out nine on the afternoon. With the victory, he improved to 2-1.

The Last Meeting
April 22, 2014
Amherst, Mass.
UMass Baseball Falls To UConn, 8-5
Picard hit 2-for-3 for the Minutemen with a home run and three RBI. Box Score |

The Last Meeting
May 1, 2013
Hamden, Conn.
UMass Baseball Outslugs Quinnipiac, 11-8
In a game that saw both squads combine for a total of 34 hits, the UMass baseball team outslugged Quinnipiac, 11-8, on Wednesday afternoon at QU Baseball Field. The victory moves the Minutemen to 11-25, while the Bobcats fall to 10-30.

About the Connecticut Huskies
- Tuesday's game marks the second meeting of the season between UConn and UMass. Last Tuesday (Apr. 22), the Huskies outlasted the Minutemen at Earl Lorden Field, taking the game by a score of 8-5.
- Since last Tuesday's matchup, the Huskies have played four games, defeating Quinnipiac 5-3 on Apr. 23 before being swept this past weekend on the road by American Conference foe Louisville. Following that series, UConn is 21-22 overall and 5-9 in AAC play.
- Bobby Melley paces the Connecticut offense, posting a .378 clip at the plate along with 12 doubles, three home runs, and 32 RBI. A sophomore from Barnstable, Mass., Melley has appeared in all 43 games this season and started 42. His batting average is currently the team-high, helping to comprise its .268 average.
- As a squad, the UConn pitching staff boasts a 2.81 earned run average. Anthony Marzi leads the Huskies in starts, appearing 11 times and receiving the starting nod each time and holding a record of 4-5 and a 3.06 ERA.

About the Quinnipiac Bobcats

- Quinnipiac wraps up its April schedule Wednesday with a trip to Amherst. The Bobcats play in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and hold a 15-21 overall record.
- The Bobcats last played on Sunday, Apr. 27, when Radford University wrapped up a sweep of a three-game series with a 10-2 win.
- Despite some recent struggles, the Bobcats have won eight consecutive MAAC games, bringing them to a 10-3 conference record.
- Through 36 games, Quinnipiac is batting .244 as a team, led by junior Vincent Guglietti, who currently has an average of .328 and is one of 10 players to have a batting average above the Mendoza Line (.200).
- Young blood is the subject of the Quinnipiac pitching department, which posts an ERA of 5.24 this spring. Freshman Thomas Jankins and sophomore Justin Thomas have combined for 19 starts and 115.2 innings. Thomas has struck out 33 batters this season and has the team's lowest ERA (3.54).

UMass at the Plate

- UMass' offensive efforts continue to be paced by freshman Mike Geannelis, who has posted a .304 batting average in 22 games this spring. Nik Campero remains close behind Geannelis, boasting a .302 mark and starting all 35 games.
- With two runs batted in at Fordham last weekend, Dylan Begin has taken sole possession of the team lead in RBI, knocking in 21 on the campaign. In addition, Begin has tallied two home runs and 10 doubles, the latter of which is a team-high as well.
- The UMass bats are also highlighted in part by John Jennings. The sophomore and Newton, Mass. native posts a .394 slugging percentage in just 71 at bats this season. In that span, he has compiled a batting average of .282.

On the Hill
- Junior Conor LeBlanc has thrown a team-high 64.2 innings on the season over 10 starts and leads UMass with a 3.62 earned run average with 17 strikeouts and 17 walks with opponents hitting .280 against him. He has worked at least five innings in every start this season, going six-plus innings in seven of his 10 outings.
- Andrew Grant, also a junior, leads the Minutemen in strikeouts with 32 in 36.1 innings. Grant is facing close competition in this category from Aaron Plunkett (30 strikeouts), Brandon Walsh (29), and Ryan Moloney (26).
- Senior DJ Jauss, LeBlanc and Mike Geannelis each have two of the squad's nine wins on the year. Jauss also has one save as he is 2-1 in 12 appearances--all coming out of the bullpen.
- As a staff, UMass holds a 4.90 ERA over 303.0 innings, walking 118 and sending down 173 by way of the `K'.

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 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 four wins away from his 700th of his career. He is currently 696-694-5 (.498) overall with a 642-604-3 (.514) mark at UMass.

On Deck
- The Minutemen will continue their nine-game homestand this weekend with a three-game series against Atlantic 10 newcomer George Mason (May 2-4). The following weekend, UMass will host VCU for another three-game series (May 9-11) before concluding its home schedule on May 13, playing host to Siena.



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