Trip To Quinnipac Next For UMass Baseball

April 30, 2013

 Massachusetts (10-25) at Quinnipiac (10-29)
Date  Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
Location  QU Baseball Field | Hamden, Conn.
Weather Forecast

 Sunny, 67 Degrees | Chance of Rain: 0%

UMass Probable  LHP Evan Macintosh (1-0, 6.94 ERA)
Quinnipiac Probable

 RHP Kevin Sustad (0-1, 8.44 ERA)

Live Stats
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 Game Notes

Scouting Quinnipiac
- Quinnipiac is currently 10-29 on the season with a 1-9 mark at home. As a team, the Bobcats are batting .240 with 43 doubles, two triples and six home runs. Scott Donague leads the squad with a .294 batting average (40-for-136) with a team-high 21 RBI. He has two of the Bobcats home runs to go along with eight doubles.
Collectively, the Quinnipiac pitching staff holds a 5.35 ERA in 314.1 innings pitched with 150 walks to 188 strikeouts. Garry Binkiewicz, the team's top reliever has a 3.34 ERA over 14 appearances, a total of 21.2 innings, with 14 walks and 12 strikeouts, a 1-2 record and four saves.
- UMass is 7-3 all-time against the Bobcats, a series that began in 2000. In their last meeting, the Minutemen defeated the Bobcats, 8-1 on May 3, 2011, at home.

Turning Two

- The UMass defense has been extremely successful at turning double plays this season as the squad has 34 in 35 games and began the week 23rd nationally in double plays per-game at 1.0, which leads the Atlantic 10.

Cusick Breaks Into Stolen Bases Career List
- Redshirt junior Ryan Cusick currently leads UMass in stolen bases this season as he is 20-for-23 on the year, accounting for 31.3% of the squad's stolen bases total.
- Cusick now has 51 stolen bases in his career (51-for-62) and has become the first Minuteman to break into the program's career stolen bases list since 2002, currently sitting tied for sixth with Pete Gautreau (1995-98). He stole his 50th career base on Apr. 23 at Connecticut.
- In 2012, Cusick finished tied for third in the Atlantic 10 with 23 stolen bases in 39 games played. He ranked 15th in the nation in stolen bases per-game (0.59). Cusick is currently averaging .61 stolen bases per-game this year and is tied for second in the Atlantic 10 in stolen bases, beginning the week 15th nationally in stolen bases per-game.

Going The Distance

- Senior Jordan Pace tossed UMass' first complete game of the season on Mar. 24, going all nine innings in a 1-0 setback to George Washington. Pace also went the distance this past weekend in a 3-1 loss at Rhode Island, marking his fifth career complete game as he had three in 2011 at Presbyterian. The southpaw has gone six innings or more in all but one of his eight starts this year.
- Andrew Grant has the Minutemen's third complete game on the year, a 2-0 shutout over Rhode Island on Apr. 6.

Career Firsts
- First career games: John Jennings (3/1 vs. Notre Dame); Zach Littman (3/1 vs. Notre Dame); Brandon Walsh (3/1 vs. Notre Dame); Vinny Scifo (3/3 vs. Ohio); Kellen Pagel (3/9 at Lamar); Ben Panunzio (3/17 vs. Manhattan)

- First career hits: Brandon Walsh (3/1 vs. Notre Dame); Vinny Scifo (3/3 vs. Ohio); John Jennings (3/15 at Seton Hall); Kellen Pagel (3/17 vs. Manhattan); Ben Panunzio (3/30 vs. NJIT); Bryan Dionicio (4/10 vs. Boston College)

- First career doubles: Paul Yanakopulos (3/2 vs. Tennessee); Jeff Cavanaro (3/3 vs. Ohio); Vinny Scifo (3/29 vs. NJIT); Kellen Pagel (4/10 vs. Boston College)

- First career triples: Brandon Walsh (3/1 vs. Notre Dame); Ben Panunzio (3/30 vs. NJIT); Adam Picard (4/10 vs. Boston College)
; John Jennings (4/20 at La Salle); Dylan Begin (4/16) vs. Central Conneticut)
- First career RBI: Vinny Scifo (3/3 vs. Ohio); John Jennings (3/29 vs. NJIT); Bryan Dionicio (4/10 vs. Boston College); Kellen Pagel (4/17 vs. Hartford).
- First career pitching appearance: Pat Lia (3/9 at Lamar); Evan Mackintosh (3/9 at Lamar); Adam Picard (3/9 at Lamar); Mason Trubey (3/9 at Lamar)

- First career win: Evan Mackintosh (4/10 vs. Boston College); Dan Stoops (4/16 vs. Central Connecticut)

Picard Displays Versatility
- In UMass' second game of a doubleheader at Lamar, redshirt sophomore outfielder Adam Picard made his first collegiate pitching appearance. Picard tossed a scoreless eighth for the Minutemen, facing four batters. He currently holds a 0.00 earned run average over 2.2 innings of work.

- The 2010 Vermont Gatorade Player of the Year, Picard logged an 18-2 record on the mound in high school for Essex and struck out 110 batters in 131 career innings pitched. As a senior, he was 8-0 with a 1.30 earned run average.

Cusick's Five Hit Game
- In the Minutemen's win against Ohio, redshirt-junior Ryan Cusick went 5-for-5 for a career high. It marked the first five-hit game since 2011 when Matt Gedman went 5-for-6 at Hartford on Mar. 31. 

Small Ball At Its Finest
- UMass finished the 2012 season eighth nationally as a team in sacrifices with 79 and 23rd nationally in stolen bases per game with 70 over 44 contests, an average of 1.59 per game. The 70 steals marked the team's highest total since 2004.
- In 2013 the Minutemen have stolen 64 bases (64 for 74) over 35 contests and began the week ranked 23rd in all of Division I in stolen bases per-game at 1.88.

- Rich Graef (4th, 12), Rob McLam (t-5th, 11) and Nick Sanford (t-5th, 11) all set top-10 single season marks in the UMass record book for sacrifice bunts in 2012. Graef has a team-high eight sacrifice bunts this year and ranks third on the program's career list with 29.

Young Arms 

- The UMass pitching staff is young one in 2013 after the departure of four senior arms in 2012, including Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year Joe Popielarczyk, along with Dennis Torres, who turned pro following his junior season. 

- The only returning Minutemen who made multiple starts in 2012 are sophomores Conor LeBlanc and Andrew Grant. LeBlanc was 4-1 with a 3.37 ERA over 34.2 innings in 12 appearances, five starts last season and earned Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team honors. Grant finished with a mark of 1-1 over eight appearances and three starts, a total of 22.1 innings and posted a 5.24 ERA. Over Grant's last five appearances of his freshman season, his final 16.0 innings of work in 2012, he posted a 1.12 ERA with an opponent batting average of .185.

- The 2013 UMass staff includes freshmen righthanders Rob O'Neil, Mason Trubey and Brandon Walsh and lefthander Evan Mackintosh. Sophomore Pat Lia did not see action last season and Dan Stoops made one appearance before being sidelined for the remainder of the year with an injury. 

Up Next
- UMass will play its final three home games of the season, opening an Atlantic 10 series vs. Fordham on Friday, May 3 at 3:00 p.m. on Earl Lorden Field.



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