About The Hawks - Atlantic 10 leader Saint Joseph’s enters the series with UMass holding a record of 32-12 overall and 17-6 in conference play. The Hawks have won 17 of their last 20 and have not lost two in a row since February. - Six regular starters for the Hawks are hitting .300 or better to contribute to a team batting average of .297. Colin Forgey leads the squad in batting average (.376), hits (65) and RBI (39), while also contributing 12 doubles, four triples, two home runs and 42 runs scored. Brian O’Keefe is second on the team with a .348 average and leads the Hawks in runs scored with 52. He has recorded 64 hits, 10 doubles, two triples and a team-high six home runs. - Collectively the Saint Joseph’s pitching staff holds a 3.49 earned run average over 392.0 innings with 160 walks and 309 strikeouts. The team’s top two relievers, Steven Schuyler (0.62) and Lansing Veeder (0.88) both boast ERAs under 1.00 and have appeared in 20+ games each. Schuyler is 5-1 with six saves over 29.0 innings pitched. - Starters Jordan Carter (9-3) and Daniel Thorpe (9-0) both have nine wins apiece on the year and hold ERAs under 3.00 at 2.32 and 2.62, respectively, and are tied for the team lead in strikeouts with 66.
UMass at the Plate - Freshman Mike Geannelis leads UMass offensively with a .352 average (31-for-88) 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 49 and is followed closely by Campero and Begin with 45 apiece.
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 4.72 ERA over 376.0 innings, walking 152 and sending down 210 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.
Another Mile-StoneReached - 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 700-698-5 (.501) overall with a 646-608-3 (.515) mark at UMass.
The Last Meeting
April 28, 2013
Homers Carry Saint Joe's Past UMass, 10-5
The UMass baseball team managed to close a four-run gap to one, but a grand slam in the top of the eighth helped Saint Joseph's put the comeback out of reach as the Minutemen fell 10-5 to the Hawks on Sunday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. With the loss, UMass is now 10-24 overall 4-11 in the Atlantic 10, while Saint Joseph's claims the series and improves to 22-20 on the year and 9-6 in conference action.