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Series Preview: Baseball at No. 19 Trinity (Texas)

Series Preview: Baseball at No. 19 Trinity (Texas)

Baseball at No. 19 Trinity (Texas)
Friday-Sunday, March 3-5
Trinity Baseball Field—San Antonio, Texas

Babson and Trinity will meet for the first time in a three-game series beginning on Friday in San Antonio. The teams will play a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. ET on Friday, with game three slated to be played on Sunday afternoon.

Defending Division III national champion Trinity (6-6), which is ranked 19th in the most recent poll, enters the weekend having dropped two of its last three games after suffering a 9-7 loss at Mary Hardin-Baylor on Tuesday. Junior Joey Pecoraro doubled twice and drove in three runs, and sophomore Jake Martin went 2-for-5 with two RBI for the Tigers, who made five errors and was unable to hold onto an early five-run lead. Junior Michael Davis is hitting .414 with four doubles and six RBI, classmate Parker Cormack is batting .344 to go along six runs scored and seven RBI, and Martin leads the team with five extra-base hits, nine RBI and 10 runs scored. Seniors Chris Tate and Kevin Flores have combined to go 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 28 innings this spring.

Babson (0-0) returns 24 players from a team that went 24-16-1 and reached the NEWMAC Tournament final for the first time since 2012 last season. The Beavers lineup features seven players that made at least 100 plate appearances last season, which inluces a trio of all-conference performers in senior Jack Halpin and juniors Mark Webber and Adam Ayala. Halpin hit .369 with 15 doubles, 33 runs scored and 35 RBI, Webber batted .362 with 24 extra-base hits and 38 RBI and Ayala (.366, 35 R) set a single-season record with 25 stolen bases last spring. Junior Teddy Carey, the team's top returning starter, went 4-3 with a 2.84 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 50.2 innings, while classmate Matt Cuneo finished with five saves and fanned 25 in 17 innings out of the bullpen.

In addition to Ayala's single-season stolen base record, Halpin finished with the most putouts in a season (351) and Webber tied Babson Hall of Famer Kevin Higa's '03 2002 school record with six triples.

Ayala ranks third all-time with 39 stolen bases entering his junior campaign, while senior Jake Weiss has stolen 30 bags, which is good for eighth on the program's career list. Additionally, Halpin enters the 2017 campaign tied for ninth on Babson's all-time doubles list with 30.

Following three straight fourth-place finishes, the Green and White was picked to come in third when the NEWMAC released its preseason coaches' poll on February 16.

Babson ranked fourth in Division III in doubles players per game (1.12) and 13th in total double players (46) last season.

The Beavers went 17-0-1 last year when leading after six innings.