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Series Preview: Baseball vs. Wheaton

Series Preview: Baseball vs. Wheaton

Baseball vs. Wheaton
Friday, April 7—3:30 p.m. at Norton, Mass.
Saturday, April 8—12/3 p.m. at Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Wheaton will open a three-game set on Friday in Norton before shifting to Govoni Field for a doubleheader on Saturday. The Beavers are 18-41 all-time against the Lyons and have dropped five straight in the series.

Junior Brady Furdon allowed one run over seven innings and Matt Lavanchy drove in a pair of runs as Wheaton defeated Babson, 5-1, to sweep the best-of-3 NEWMAC Tournament Championship Series on May 7, 2016. Sophomore Connor Gill went 2-for-3 and scored on senior Jack Halpin's sixth-inning single for the Beavers, who dropped the opening game of the day 1-0.

Halpin went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and juniors Adam Ayala and Brett Ender each drove in two runs as the Beavers defeated Wheaton, 8-3, in the back end of a doubleheader on April 4, 2015, in Babson Park. Nick Ahearn '16 gave up just two earned runs and struck out six over eight innings to earn the win for the Beavers. Senior Joshua LaJoie finished with a pair of doubles and scored twice for the Lyons.

Wheaton (11-6, 3-1 NEWMAC) defeated Clark, 9-3, for its fifth straight win on Wednesday afternoon. Junior Matt Cook went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI, while senior Joey Santigate was 2-for-4 with a home run for the Lyons, who took the lead with a four-run third inning. Sophomore Jared Sharkey is batting .391 with nine extra-base hits and 19 RBI, Cook checks in at .375 with four doubles and nine RBI, and senior Zach Goodwin-Boyd is hitting .343 with 10 extra-base hits and 14 runs batted in. Furdon is 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 29.2 innings, while junior Joe Bongiovanni owns a 1.37 ERA is six appearances.

Babson (8-7, 2-1 NEWMAC) snapped a two-game skid with an 8-0 win over Coast Guard on Wednesday afternoon. Sophomore Michael Genaro carried a no-hitter into the ninth, while Halpin and first-year Sean Harrington each drove in a pair of runs for the Beavers. Harrington is batting .421 with one double and four RBI, sophomore Brian McHale is hitting .405 with five doubles, nine RBI and 10 runs scored, and junior Adam Ayala enters the weekend with a .368 average to go along with two triples, five RBI and nine stolen bases. Junior Teddy Carey is 3-1 with a 1.41 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 32.0 innings, while senior Ken Rotunno has fanned 10 and owns a 2.19 ERA in 12.1 innings out of the bullpen.

The sophomore lefty retired the first 15 batters he faced and became the first Beavers' pitcher to toss a one-hitter since 2012 after his no-hit bid was broken up on an infield dribbler with one out in the ninth. Genaro, who was making his first start since March 18, is 2-0 with a 0.86 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 21.0 innings this spring.

Harrington has hit safely in all eight games he played to start his career, and owns a team-high .607 on-base percentage thanks to 11 walks.

The Beavers' 11 walks on Wednesday against Coast Guard were just two shy of their single-game record of 13 set back on April 10, 2000, against Bridgewater State.

The Green and White is 14-2 over the last two season against league foes when scoring at least four runs.