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Game Preview: Baseball vs. Johnson & Wales

Game Preview: Baseball vs. Johnson & Wales

Baseball vs. Johnson & Wales
Friday, March 31—1:30 p.m.
Govoni Field—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Johnson & Wales will meet for the seventh time on Monday afternoon in a series that dates back to 2006. The Beavers are 5-1 all-time against the Wildcats, but had their five-game winning streak in the series snapped back in 2012.
Jake Dickerson broke a 1-1 deadlock in the sixth inning with a grand slam as Johnson & Wales defeated Babson, 5-1, on March 25, 2012, in Providence, R.I. Billy Hocking tripled and scored for the Beavers, who finished with just three hits. Shawn Haugh struck out 12 in a complete game effort for the Wildcats.

Billy Miller '12 and Dave Ahern '11 each homered twice and combined to drive in seven runs as the Beavers routed Johnson & Wales, 15-1, on April 18, 2011, in Babson Park. Current assistant coach Conor Kortmann '13 also went 3-for-5 with a homer, two runs scored and two RBI for the Beavers, who scored all their runs over the first five innings.

Johnson & Wales (5-5) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 7-3 win over Daniel Webster on Thursday afternoon. Senior Ryan Cabral and sophomore Armani Henderson drove in two runs apiece and James Smiegocki gave up just one run over seven innings for the Wildcats, who allowed just four hits on the day. Junior Edison Mercado (.324) and Henderson (.323) both have three doubles and seven runs batted in, while sophomore Dave Matthews leads the team with eight walks and 10 runs scored. Classmate Brandon Budlong is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts and junior Keith Grant is 1-2 with a 3.33 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 24.1 innings.

Babson (7-6) has won five of its last seven games despite suffering a 7-0 loss to Plymouth State in its home opener on Thursday. Six different players recorded a single for the Beavers, who also walked six times but stranded 10 runners on base. Sophomore Brian McHale is batting .405 with four doubles and eight RBI, junior Adam Ayala is hitting .394 with three extra-base hits and six stolen bases, and senior Jake Weiss is up to .304 with a double, a triple and four runs batted in. Junior Teddy Carey is 3-1 with a 2.16 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 25.0 innings, while sophomore Max Tannenbaum has not allowed an earned run in five appearances out of the bullpen.

After failing to draw a base on ball during a five-game stretch from March 17-20, the Beavers have walked 19 times over the last five outings.

Despite dropping its season opener, the Green and White is 13-5 at Govoni Field since the start of last season.

The Beavers are 6-3 when scoring the first run of the game this season.