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Game Preview: Baseball vs. Plymouth State

Game Preview: Baseball vs. Plymouth State

Baseball at Plymouth State    
Thursday, March 30—3:30 p.m.
Govoni Field—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Plymouth State will meet for the 10th time on Thursday afternoon in a series that dates back to 2002. The Beavers hold a slim 5-4 edge all-time and the teams split their last four games.

Senior Jack Halpin and sophomore Brian McHale each drove in a pair of runs and senior Ken Rotunno gave up just one run over seven innings as Babson defeated Plymouth State, 6-1, on March 23, 2016, at Govoni Field. Senior Jarek Krajewski went 2-for-3 with a walk, while junior Luke Mancini doubled and scored for the Panthers.

Krajewski went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored and Plymouth State plated four runs in the top of the eighth inning to rally past the Beavers, 7-5, on April 3, 2015, in Babson Park. Dave Hall had two hits, while Josh Young got the final five outs of the game to record a save for the Panthers. Sean MacPhee '15 went 4-for-5 and Halpin drove in two runs for the Beavers, who committed a pair of errors in the decisive eighth inning.

Plymouth State (6-5) saw a three game winning streak come to an end on March 25 in a 5-4 loss to 13th-ranked Johns Hopkins in Fort Myers, Florida. The Panthers rallied with two runs in the top of the ninth to pull to within one as sophomore Matt DeCina produced an RBI single first-year Andrew Salta scored on an error. Junior Nate Frederick leads the Panthers at the plate, hitting .484 with six RBI's and the teams only home run of the year, while senior James Garnett is batting .308 with six extra-base hits and eight RBI. Sophomores Dylan Gaita and Geoff Kaya have been stellar on the mound combining to go 4-0 with a 1.04 ERA and 25 strikeouts over 26.0 innings in four starts this spring.

Babson (7-5) has won five of its last six games after coming from behind to defeat Coast Guard, 7-5, in its conference opener on Wednesday. Sophomore Connor Gill went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI and junior Teddy Carey recorded a career-high 12 strikeouts in six innings for the Beavers. Sophomore Brian McHale is batting .412 with four doubles and eight RBI, junior Adam Ayala is hitting .394 with three extra-base hits and six stolen bases, and Gill enters the day with three doubles, two homers and six runs batted in to go along with a .300 average. Junior John Floegel and sophomore Max Tannenbaum, who combined to throw two scoreless innings of relief at Coast Guard, have allowed just three earned runs while holding hitters to a .227 average in 11 appearances on the year.

First-year Sean Harrington has hit safely in all six games he has appeared in this spring, while Ayala and McHale are both riding four-game hitting streaks entering Thursday's home opener. Additionally, Gill has reached base is seven consecutive contests.

Ayala is now second in school history with 45 stolen bases, while senior Jake Weiss is tied for seventh with 33 career swipes. Junior Matt Cuneo also made his 36th relief appearance of his career, which is good for third in program history.

The Green and White is hitting .352 (19-for-54) with runners in scoring position over the last four games. The team has is averaging 7.0 runs and has gone 3-1 during this stretch.

The Beavers are 5-0 this season and 23-3-1 over the last two years when outhitting their opponents.