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Game Preview: Baseball vs. Coast Guard

Game Preview: Baseball vs. Coast Guard

Baseball vs. Coast Guard
Wednesday, April 5—3:30 p.m.
Govoni Field—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Coast Guard will meet for the 79th time on Wednesday in a series that date back to 1978. The Beavers are 56-22 all-time and are looking to sweep the regular season series against the Bears for the second year in a row.

Junior Teddy Carey recorded a career-high 12 strikeouts and sophomore Connor Gill went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI as Babson rallied to defeat Coast Guard, 7-5, on March 29 in New London, Conn. Senior Jake Weiss tripled, drove in one run and scored twice for the Beavers, who plated five runs in the final three innings. Junior Zach Serna was 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI for the Bears.

Senior Kyle Jackson drove in two runs and classmate Colton Cannon tossed a complete-game as fifth-seeded Coast Guard downed the fourth-seeded Beavers, 6-1, in a NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal on April 24, 2015, in Babson Park. Rob Caggiano '15 went 2-for-3 for the Beavers, who scored their lone run on senior Owen Shea's single in the bottom of the second inning.

Coast Guard (8-11, 0-3 NEWMAC) has won two straight on the heels of a six-game losing streak after defeating Johnson & Wales, 5-3, on Monday. Walter Harris allowed three hits over 8.0 innings and Jake Behne went 2-for-3 with two RBI for the Bears, who pounded out 12 hits in the win. Serna is hitting .352 with six extra-base hits and 11 RBI, Jackson is batting .294 with two doubles and two triples, and senior Timbo Duncan leads the team with four home runs and 13 runs batted in. Cannon is 1-0 with a 1.21 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 22.1 innings, while first-year Brett Sullivan has recorded three saves in seven appearances.

Babson (7-7, 1-1 NEWMAC) has dropped two straight games after suffering an 8-2 loss to WPI on Monday. Carey allowed one run over 7.0 innings and sophomore Brian McHale went 1-for-3 with an RBI for the Beavers, who allowed seven runs over the final two frames. McHale is batting .400 with four doubles and nine RBI, sophomore Adam Ayala is hitting .389 with two doubles, eight stolen bases and eight runs scored, and senior Jack Halpin enters the day with two extra-base hits and seven RBI to go along with a .288 average. Carey is 3-1 with a 1.97 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 32.0 innings, while sophomore Michael Genaro is 1-0 and is holding opponents to a .182 average in two starts this spring.

McHale and first-year Sean Harrington have both hit safely in seven consecutive games, while Ayala extended his hitting streak to six on Monday against WPI.

The Green and White suffered its first loss in 34 games on Monday when entering the eighth inning with a lead. The team's last loss when ahead after seven was a 3-1 setback against Curry on April 8, 2015.

The Beavers are 2-2 this season in games decided by one or two runs.