Baseball Visits Dayton For A-10 Weekend Series

University of Massachusetts Baseball Game Notes
Game 32-34 Massachusetts (17-13-1, 6-3 Atlantic 10) at Dayton (15-18, 3-6 Atlantic 10)
appointment time Friday, April 22 // 3 p.m
Saturday April 23 // 1 p.m
Sunday, April 24 // 12 p.m
Location Dayton, Ohio // Woerner Field at AES Ohio Stadium
series history Dayton, 21-20
Last meeting: Massachusetts, 9 (at) Dayton, 2 | March 31, 2019
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Set the stage

The University of Massachusetts baseball team travels to Dayton, Ohio for a three-game game against University of Dayton opponents Atlantic 10 from Friday, April 22 through Sunday, April 24 at Woerner Field at AES Ohio Stadium. First place on Friday is scheduled for 3 players before Saturday’s competition begins at 1pm. The series finale takes place on Sunday at 12 p.m

The Minutemen are 17-13-1 overall this season, including 6-3 in the A-10 conference. Dayton holds a 15-18 record and a 3-6 record in the conference. The Flyers lost 7-2 to Butler on Wednesday afternoon.

Summary in a minute

UMass returned to victory with a 7-4 win over Sacred Heart at Earl Lorden Field on Wednesday. home race of both Will MacLean and Steve Luttazi helped lift the Minutemen past the Pioneers.

Nolan Tichy led the team with three hits in Four at Bats while notching two RBIs and a run-al on a three-base knock. Cole Hebble and Luttazi had two hits apiece, including a double from Hebble and Luttazi’s solo shot, and two runs total. In addition to Tichy’s two RBIs, Luttazi and MacLean both batted in two runs as MacLean homed in two runs.

Scott LeSieur (3-0) UMass secured the win by going six full innings, giving up three runs on five hits, going three runs and dropping two. Max LeBlanc went on and hit one in an inning of work while Blake Bennett completed two innings, allowed a two-hit run, walked two and dealt four strikeouts.

All time against Dayton

The Minutemen and Flyers meet for the 42nd time in program history as Dayton has a slight 21-20 lead in the all-time series. UMass and Dayton first met on April 6, 1997 for a doubleheader. The two teams split the day, with Massachusetts winning Game 1 14-6 and Dayton winning Game 2 4-0. The last meeting between the two programs was on March 31, 2019 when the Minutemen defeated the Flyers 9-2 on the road.

Meet the Minutemen

A solid mix of returns and newcomers will make up the Minutemen’s 2022 edition as the roster begins its 139th season. Twenty-seven members of the team are back from the 2021 season, while eight players join for their first season at Amherst, including five freshmen and three transfers.

It goes, goes and it’s gone

The Minutemen have hit 21 home runs from nine Minutemen in 26 games. Drew DeMartino leads the team with six, followed by Luttazi and Hebble with three. Aidan Wilde and Will MacLean counted two each, while Tichy, Dylan Judd, Mike Gervasi and Kevin Skagelind also have a home run apiece.

Luttazi had a stellar first game with two homers including a grand slam before winning one in game three at Fairleigh Dickinson, while DeMartino hit a two-run homer in game one at Fairleigh Dickinson before adding solo homers in both games Fairleigh Dickinson and the second game at Towson. DeMartino also added two long balls in the first game against Saint Joseph’s.

Massachusetts ranked

Hebble is in the top 30 in the country in four categories as the grad ranks 11th in the NCAA with a .419 batting average while ranking fifth with an average of 1.73 hits per game (52 total hits). The Miami, Fla. native also ranks 28th in the nation with 15 doubles (averaging .52 doubles per game) and ranks ninth.

Kevin Dow is currently ranked 12th with six wins and holds a record of 6-1 (.857).

As a team, the Minutemen place in the top 30 in three categories – double plays, double plays per game, and doubles per game. Massachusetts has racked up 30 double plays so far this year to reach 26th place while averaging 0.97 double plays per game, which ranks the team 12th in the country. The Minutemen averaged 2.35 doubles per game (73 doubles total) to sit in 15th place.

[Multi]ple games

UMass showed strong performance in multi-hit games as the Minutemen totaled 86 multi-hit appearances. Hebble leads with a production of 18, including two contests with more than five hits, Skagerlind has 11, while DeMartino and Gervasi follow with nine and Tichy and MacLean with eight. Judd recorded seven, Luttazi six total, followed by Aidan Wilde and Jacob Schloess with three Collin Shapiro with two and Chris Pearsons and Michael round have one.

Massachusetts also contributed a total of 52 multi-RBI games, led by DeMartino with eight, including five two-run contests, two three-RBI and one five-plus RBI games. Gervasi and Judd contributed seven, with Gervasi yielding two runs five times and Judd six. MacLean has six total, Tichy five, and Hebble, Skagerlind and Luttazi all four.

have a high flight…

The Minutemen have eight who have had a recent hitting streak so far this season. DeMartino MacLean tops the rankings with a five-game winning streak, followed by Hebble with four. MacLean recorded a three-game streak while Five Minutemen have a two-game streak. MacLean had the longest streak at 12, followed by Skagerlind at 11 before ending.

DeMartino also has an 18-game base streak, Tichy has 15, followed by Hebble, Wilde and Shapiro with four. In addition to DeMartino, who is currently on an 18-base reached streak, Hebble and Skagerlind also have the longest reached bases in 18 games, but the streak has ended for both Minutemen.

It stays in the family

The 2022 season marks the 56th consecutive campaign that Massachusetts Baseball will have a flagship campus alumnus as head coach. Fifth year skipper Matt Reynolds is a dual graduate (2005, ’10G), and was preceded by alumni Mike Stone ’82 (1988-2017) and Dick Bergquist ’57 (1967-87).

This is the second-longest active streak in Division I baseball. Only BYU (62 consecutive seasons) has longer been run by a campus alum.

On board
Massachusetts host Hartford at Earl Lorden Field on Tuesday, April 26 at 3 p.m. on ESPN+.

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