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Game Preview: Baseball vs. WPI

Game Preview: Baseball vs. WPI

Baseball vs. WPI
Monday, April 3—3:30 p.m.
Govoni Field—Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
Following the cancellation of Saturday's doubleheader, Babson and WPI will meet for the first of two regular season games on Monday afternoon. The Beavers are 46-22 all-time against the Engineers in a series that dates back to 1983, and have won five of the last six games between the teams.

LAST MEETING
Alex Venditti went 3-for-4 with four RBI and hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to help WPI defeat the Beavers, 8-7, to take game two of a doubleheader on April 10, 2016, in Babson Park. DJ Ouellete homered twice and Austin Labastie tossed a pair of shutout innings to earn the save for the Engineers. Junior Mark Webber went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI for Babson, which trailed 4-0 after two innings.

LAST BABSON WIN
Webber went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks and three RBI as the Beavers defeated WPI, 11-2, in game one of last year's doubleheader on April 10. George Crowley '16 homered and sophomore Brian McHale had two hits and scored three times in support of junior Teddy Carey, who struck out seven over eight shutout innings for the Green and White.

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
WPI (13-5, 2-1 NEWMAC) has won eight of its last nine games after edging Fitchburg State, 6-5, on Thursday. Sophomore Ryan Tropeano went 2-for-4 with a double and junior Matt Howard had two hits and drove in a pair of runs for the Engineers, who used 10 pitchers in the victory. Tropeano is batting .479 with nine extra-base hits, 12 walks, 13 RBI and 29 runs scored, senior Nick Comei is hitting .452 with 11 extra-base hits, 20 runs scored and 22 RBI, and sophomore Steven Gallagher has 13 extra-base hits to go along with a league-high 27 runs batted in. Classmate Doug Rives is 4-0 with one save, a 1.82 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 24.2 innings, while senior Mike Ducols is 1-0 with two sves and 11 strikeouts in 8.2 innings.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
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. 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.

WEATHER WOES
After three straight days of postponements, the Green and White begins a busy week that features seven games in six days. In addition to Monday's tilt against WPI, Babson will take on fellow NEWMAC foe Coast Guard on Tuesday and then play a three-game series against Wheaton starting on Friday.

PATIENCE AT THE PLATE
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.

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

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

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