Doubleheader Preview: Baseball at Springfield

Doubleheader Preview: Baseball at Springfield

Baseball at Springfield
Sunday, April 9—12/3 p.m.
Berry-Allen Field—Springfield, Mass.

After multiple postponements, Babson and Springfield will meet in a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon. The Beavers are 29-20 all-time against the Pride and have won six straight games between the teams.

Sophomore Daniel Cooney tossed four shutout innings of relief and classmate Connor Gill drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning as the Beavers defeated Springfield, 5-3, in the back end of a doubleheader on March 26, 2016, in Babson Park. The Green and White won the opening game of the twin bill, 3-0, behind a complete game shutout from Nick Ahearn '16.

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 Babson, 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 (9-6, 3-1 NEWMAC) saw its three-game winning streak come to an end in an 11-1 loss to Coast Guard in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader. Junior Mark Joao and sophomore Matt Fraioli both had two hits for the Pride, which took two out of three from the Bears. Senior Colin King is batting .448 with seven doubles and nine RBI, sophomore Brandon Russo is hitting .375 with nine RBI and 13 runs scored, and classmate Brandon Drabinski has five extra-base hits and eight runs batted in to go along with a .365 average. First-year Shawn Babineau is 1-1 with a 0.54 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 16 innings, while sophomore Fletcher Comment is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA in five appearances out of the bullpen.

Babson (10-8, 4-2 NEWMAC) won the second game of Saturday's doubleheader, 6-4, to take two out of three from defending league champs Wheaton. Junior Ryan Arena smacked a two-run homer and senior Jack Halpin went 2-for-4 with three runs scored in support of junior John Floegel, who allowed three unearned runs over 7.0 innings. Sophomore Brian McHale is batting .407 with five doubles, 10 RBI and 13 runs scored, Arena is hitting .321 with four homer and eight RBI, and Halpin has raised his average to .321 with five extra-base hits and a team-high 15 runs batted in. Sophomore Michael Genaro is 2-0 with a 0.86 ERA in 21.0 innings, while senior Ken Rotunno owns a 2.19 ERA in six relief appearances this spring.

First-year Sean Harrington owns the team's longest hitting streak of the year at 10 games, while Arena and senior Jake Weiss both have at least one hit in eight of the last eight outings.

Over its first six NEWMAC games, the Green and White ranks first in both ERA (3.17) and fielding percentage (.962). The Babson pitching staff has allowed just 41 hits over 54.0 innings to open conference play.

With both teams playing their fourth and fifth games of the weekend on Sunday, pitching depth may be the difference. Babson's relievers gave up two runs in 5.2 innings on Saturday, while the Pride's bullpen allowed 13 runs over 7.0 innings against Coast Guard.

The Beavers are 8-1 this season when recording three or more extra-base hits in a game.