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Doubleheader Preview: Baseball at Springfield

Doubleheader Preview: Baseball at Springfield

Baseball vs. Springfield
Sunday, April 2—12/3:30 p.m.
Berry-Allen Field—Springfield, Mass.

Babson and Springfield will meet in a doubleheader to open NEWMAC play on Sunday with the Beavers holding a 29-20 edge in the all-time series. The Green and White has won six straight against the Pride, and did not allow a run over the final 11 innings of last year's twin bill.

Nick Ahearn '16 tossed a complete-game shutout in game one and sophomore Daniel Cooney gave up just two hits in four scoreless innings of relief in game two as the Beavers the Pride with 3-0 and 5-3 wins over Springfield at Govoni Field on March 26, 2016. Senior Jack Halpin went 2-for-3 and scored a run, while classmate Jake Weiss finished 2-for-3 with an RBI in the opening game of the day for the Beavers.

Kyle DiFranco and Sean Smith each drove in a run, and Eric Chase and two relievers combined on a seven-hit shutout as Springfield topped the Beavers, 3-0, in the second game of a doubleheader on April 6, 2013, in Babson Park. Brendan Collins '14 had two hits and Brian Swanton '13 took the loss, allowing just one earned run and eight hits over five innings.

Springfield (6-4, 0-0 NEWMAC) has won four of its last five games after rallying for an 8-7 win over Dean on Thursday. Senior Colin King went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI for the Pride, which scored six times in the eighth inning to erase a 7-2 deficit. Sophomore Brandon Russo is batting .541 with two doubles, eight RBI and nine runs scored, King is hitting .417 with two doubles and eight RBI, and sophomore Brandon Drabinski enters the day with a .382 average, four extra-base hits and four runs batted in. Classmate Brian Johnson is 1-1 with a 2.38 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 11.1 innings, while junior Ken Manero is 1-0 with one save in three appearances.

Babson (7-6, 1-0 NEWMAC) 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.

Beginning on Sunday, Babson is scheduled to play nine games over the next seven days and 15 contests between April 2-15.

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.