Baseball Beanpot Opener Highlights Midweek Games

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The University of Massachusetts baseball team travels to Cambridge, Mass., on Tuesday, April 5, for the 31st Baseball Beanpot first round and meeting with Harvard University. The first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. at O’Donnell Field, with Tuesday’s results determining placement in the tournament’s consolation and championship games on Tuesday, April 12.

After Tuesday’s contest, the Minutemen return to Earl Lorden Field to start a four-game home game, as UMass Lowell travels for a game at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6.

The Minutemen improved to 10-9-1 this season and 2-1 in the Atlantic 10 Conference, after winning two of three against Saint Joseph’s in a weekend series.

Harvard currently holds an overall record of 13-9, while UMass Lowell sits at 8-16 on the season. The Riverhawks will face Dartmouth on Tuesday before Wednesday’s game.

One-Minute Recap

UMass picked up two wins in the three-game series with rival A-10 Saint Joseph last weekend, winning the first game 23-7 and the second game 13-12, before falling in a third game tight 16-13 against the Hawks.

In Game 1, Massachusetts tossed the bats early in their 23-7 victory, scoring the most runs since the 2009 season. Drew DeMartino counted two circuits during the day, while Cole Hebble recorded a long ball of his own. Hebble led the team, going 5 for 6 and totaling a season-high seven RBIs. DeMartino had two hits, including his home runs, while making five runs. Kevin Skagerlind contributed three hits and three RBIs, as Hebble added the team’s best four runs with DeMartino and Jacob Sloss next with three each. Kevin Dow picked up the win on the mound, allowing four runs on 13 hits, walking one and striking out five in five full innings.

In Saturday’s doubleheader, the Minutemen picked up a comeback victory over SJU, beating the Hawks 13-12, erasing a 9-1 deficit after the start of the second. At the bottom of the second, UMass claimed three runs to make it a 9-4 contest, before scoring four runs in the sixth and eighth frames, which saw the score tied at 11-11. Dylan Judd led the team with three that, while four Minutemen followed with two apiece. DeMartino had a team-high three points, while Hebble, Mike Gervassi, Will MacLean and Judd both had them each. Judd and MacLean had three RBIs, with MacLean recording a three-run homer. Judd and Hebble each added doubles to their stat sheets. Max LeBlanc picked up the win for UMass, making two frames, allowing one hit, walking two and having struck out two, while Jack Pawloski notched his second save of the year, striking out three and allowing one run on two hits in one inning of work.

Minutemen in the Beanpot

Massachusetts has participated in the Beanpot every year since 1996 and has won the tournament crown six times (1996-98, 2000, 2008, 2012). Perhaps one of the most notable Beanpot pitching performances in program history came on April 22, 1997 when former Minuteman Scott Barnsby gave Fenway Park a no-hitter in the semifinals against Northeastern. Barnsby’s no-no was the first within the confines of the historic ballpark since 1965 and the first such nine-inning performance by a UMass pitcher since 1957.

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Beanpot tournament was canceled and the 2021 tournament did not take place.

In the tournament, UMass holds an overall record of 24-23, while holding an 11-6 series advantage against Harvard.

All time against UMass Lowell

The Minutemen and Riverhawks will meet for the fourth time in program history, with UMass Lowell up 3-0 in the series. The two teams met for the first time on May 11, 2016 at Lowell, with UML leading, 7-3. The last meeting took place on April 11, 2018 at the Earl, with the Riverhawks winning 4-1.

Meet the Minutemen

A strong mix of returning and newcomers make up the 2022 edition of the Minutemen as the team enters its 139th season. Twenty-seven team members are returning from the 2021 campaign, while eight players are joining for their first season at Amherst, including five freshmen and three transfers.

It’s okay, it’s okay and here we go

The Minutemen had 18 home runs in 20 games, starting on eight Minutemen. DeMartino leads the team with five, followed by Steve Luttazi and Hebble with three. Wilde and MacLean counted two each, while Nolan TichyJudd and Gervasi also have one home run apiece.

Luttazi had a stellar opener with two homers, including a grand slam, before earning one in Game 3 at Fairleigh Dickinson, while DeMartino recorded a two-run homer in Game 1 at Fairleigh Dickinson, before add solo home runs in both games at Fairleigh Dickinson and game two at Towson. DeMartino also added two long balls in Game 1 against Saint Joseph’s.

[Multi]ple Games

UMass had a strong showing with multi-hit games, as the Minutemen have a total of 50 multi-hit performances. Hebble leads with an output of 10, which included two over-five contests, and Gervasi has eight, while Skagerlind, Judd and DeMartino follow with five, and MacLean with four. Tichy and Luttazi recorded three each, while Wilde and Sloss totaled two, and Chris Pearson, Colin Shapiro and Michel Rounds have a.

Massachusetts also contributed to a total of 30 multi-RBI games, led by DeMartino with seven, including five two-point contests, one three-RBI and one five-plus RBI. Gervasi contributed five times, making two runs three times, three runs once and four once. Hebble, Skagerlind and Judd also totaled three games, with Hebble having two three-run and one five-run contest, while Skagerlind had a two-rb contest, one three-run batt, and one four-run batt.

On a roll…

The Minutemen have 12 who are on an ongoing hitting streak, so far this season. Wilde and Skagerlind top the standings on an eight-game hitting streak, followed by Sloss and MacLean with five and Hebble and Judd with four. Luttazi is on a three-game streak, while Gervasi and Pearsons are on a two-game streak. Gervasi, Shapiro, Carter Hanson and Christian Walch have a current sequence of one.

Hebble is also on a 12-game base hit streak, with Wilde and Skagerlind having eight, followed by Shapiro and MacLean having six games. Sloss and Luttazi have reached base five times, while Judd, Gervasi and Tichy have three. Pearsons and Hanson are on a current streak of two, and Walsh has one.

keep it in the family

The 2022 season marks the 56th consecutive campaign in which Massachusetts baseball will have a Flagship Campus alumnus as its head coach. Fifth year skipper Matt Reynolds is a double graduate (2005, ’10G), and was predeceased by fellow alumni Mike Stone ’82 (1988-2017) and Dick Bergquist ’57 (1967-87).

It is the second-longest active streak in Division I baseball. Only BYU (62 consecutive seasons) has had an alumni on its campus for a longer period.

On the bridge
Massachusetts hosts foe A-10 Fordham for a three-game series at Earl Lorden from Friday, April 8 through Sunday, April 10. Friday’s contest will start at 3 p.m., while Saturday’s will be at 1 p.m. Sunday’s series finale is set for a 12 p.m. start.

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