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Game Preview: Baseball vs. UMass Boston

Game Preview: Baseball vs. UMass Boston

Baseball vs. UMass Boston
Thursday, April 13-3:30 p.m.
Govoni Field—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and UMass Boston will meet for the 33rd time on Thursday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1982. The Beavers are 23-9 all-time against the Beacons and have won 10 of the last 15 between the teams since 1999.

Senior Dave Murphy went a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate, scoring twice and driving in two runs, while classmate Dan Mantoni scored twice as UMass Boston defeated Babson College, 7-2, on April 14, 2016. Junior Mark Webber led the Green and White at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a triple and a run score. Classmate Adam Ayala also tripled and scored for the Beavers.

Seniors Owen Shea and Jack Halpin combined to go 7-for-10 with three extra-base hits, five runs scored and 12 runs batted in as the Beavers exploded past UMass Boston, 17-6, on April 10, 2014, in Babson Park. Dillon Gonzalez '15 also went 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored for Babson, which broke the game open with a six-run third inning. Mantoni doubled and drove in three runs for the Beacons.

UMass Boston (14-7) has won four straight after blanking Roger Williams, 8-0, on Wednesday. First-year Joey Rogers struck out seven over eight innings, junior Chris Fowler extended his hitting streak to 14 games, and sophomore Kyle Boudrias finished the day with three hits and an RBI for the Beacons. Boudrias leads UMass Boston at the plate, batting.383 with eight doubles and 11 RBI, while Fowler leads the team with three home runs, 14 walks and 17 RBI. Mantoni, who is hitting .316 with 13 doubles and 15 runs batted in, is 2-0 with a 2.75 ERA in a team-high 36.0 innings. Junior Bryan Kaufman is 1-0 with a 0.76 ERA in 23.2 innings to lead a Beacons staff that owns a 2.97 team earned run average this spring.

Babson (10-9) suffered an 8-3 loss at Clark on Tuesday on the heels of taking two out of three from Wheaton last weekend. Shea launched a three-run home run in the sixth inning and sophomore Eric Jaun went 4-for-4 with a double and run scored for the Green and White, which left 10 men on base. Classmate Brian McHale is batting .397 with five doubles, 10 RBI and 13 runs scored, junior Ryan Arena is hitting .316 with three doubles, four homers and eight RBI, and Halpin checks in at .301 with team highs of 25 hits and 15 runs batted in. Junior John Floegel is 2-0 with a 1.31 ERA in 20.2 innings, while senior Ken Rotunno owns a 2.13 ERA in seven relief appearances this spring.

Halpin, who leads the Beavers with eight multi-hit games this spring, ranks seventh in program history in doubles (33), 10th in hits (161) and 11th in runs batted in (100).

Despite seeing his 10-game hitting streak come to an end on Tuesday at Clark, first-year Sean Harrington has now reached base safely in each of his 11 collegiate appearances. Arena and senior Jake Weiss are tied for the team's longest current hitting streak at nine games.

McHale is batting .467 (7-for-15) with runners in scoring in 12 non-conference games this spring for the Green and White.

The Beavers are 10-1 this season when limiting their opponents to five runs or less.