- UMass defeated VCU on Sunday in the rubber match of the weekend to snap a streak of 12 straight series wins for the Rams. The victory also marked head coach Mike Stone’s 700th of his career._
- Freshman Mike Geannelis went 2-0 in 4.2 innings out of the bullpen for the Minutemen in the series with no walks, five strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA. He also hit a team best .625 (5-for-8) and logged his ninth and 10th multi-hit games of the year en route to his second A-10 Rookie of the Week award this season.
- The Minutemen have a 10-10 record in their last 20 games (since Apr. 6) and have hit .294 as a group during that stretch, while posting a team ERA of 3.84. Individually during that span, redshirt junior Adam Picard is hitting .356 (26-for-73) with seven extra base hits. Sophomore Brandon Walsh has made nine appearances on the mound of the last 20 games and boasts a 1.59 ERA over 34.0 innings in that time.
- Picard hit his team-leading fourth home run over the weekend against VCU and holds the Minutemen’s longest active reached base streak, currently at 13 games.
- Both Picard and Walsh have squad-best active six game hitting streaks, both individual season highs.
- With its pair of wins over the weekend, UMass is guaranteed to finish with at least a .500 record at home this season. The Minutemen are 8-7 at Earl Lorden Field in 2014.
- Geannelis is hitting a blistering .438 at home this season (14-for-32) to lead all Minutemen. Picard and redshirt junior Kyle Adie follow at .345 (19-for-55) and .328 (21-for-64), respectively. On the mound, Geannelis is 3-0 at home this season with a 2.13 ERA over five appearances, a total of 12.2 innings, with three walks and eight strikeouts.
About The Saints
- Siena comes into Tuesday’s contest in Amherst with an overall record of 19-29, 9-26 on the road. The Saints took two-of-three on the road at Rider this past weekend to improve to 15-6 in the MAAC.
- As a squad, Siena is hitting .257 on the year with 10 home runs in 48 games. Vincent Citro paces the squad with a .304 (58-for-191) average and 35 runs scored. Justin Esquerra (.293, 49-for-167) is the team’s RBI leader with 24 to go along with 33 runs scored, six doubles, one triple and two home runs.
- The Saints hold a team earned run average of 5.87 over 383.1 innings with 165 walks to 251 strikeouts and an opponent batting average of 3.13. Matt Gage (5.04) leads the team in wins with four and strikeouts with 78 over 85.2 innings.
- UMass is 15-12 all-time against Siena since 1978 and last defeated the Saints in 2009.
UMass at the Plate
- Freshman Mike Geannelis leads UMass offensively with a .369 average (31-for-84) and has contributed 12 RBI and 10 runs scored. Seniors Dylan Begin and Nik Campero pace the squad in RBI (22) and doubles (10), while redshirt junior Kyle Adie has scored a team-high 24 runs.
- Adie leads the Minutemen in hits, as well, with 47 and is followed closely by Campero’s 45.
On the Hill
- Conor LeBlanc has thrown a team-high 76.2 innings on the season over 12 starts and is one of four pitchers on the squad with an earned run average under 4.00. LeBlanc’s 76.2 innings and 12 starts are a new career high for the junior. He has worked at least five innings in every start this season, going six-plus innings in eight of his 12 outings.
- Andrew Grant, also a junior, paces the Minutemen in strikeouts with 37 in 48.1 innings. Grant is facing close competition in this category from Brandon Walsh (35), Aaron Plunkett (33 strikeouts), and Ryan Moloney (29).
- Geannelis leads UMass with four wins on the year over 13 appearances and two starts, holding a 4-3 record with a 4.61 ERA. Four more UMass hurlers have two wins apiece on the year, while Walsh has two saves in addition to his two victories. He boasts a team-best 3.02 ERA over 44.2 innings.
- As a staff, UMass holds a 4.78 ERA over 367.0 innings, walking 146 and sending down 205 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.
Another Mile-Stone Reached
- Head coach Mike Stone is in his 27th season at the helm for the Minutemen and his 32nd overall as a head coach.
- On Sunday, May 11, vs. VCU, Stone won his 700th game of his career. He is currently 700-697-5 (.501) overall with a 646-607-3 (.516) mark at UMass.
- The Minutemen will conclude the regular season with a three-game series at Saint Joseph’s this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 15-17, at 3 p.m., 1 p.m. and Noon, respectively.