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Game Preview: Baseball vs. WPI

Game Preview: Baseball vs. WPI

Baseball vs. WPI
Monday, April 17—10 a.m.
Govoni Field—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and WPI will meet for the second time this season and 70th time overall in a series that dates back to 1983. The Beavers are 46-23 all-time against the Engineers and are looking to split the regular season series for the second year in a row.

Junior Evan LaCroix finished with a double, a triple and three RBI, and classmate Matt Howard cranked a three-run homer in the ninth inning as WPI rallied for an 8-2 win over the Beavers on April 3 in Babson Park. Junior Teddy Carey struck out eight and allowed just one run over 7.0 innings for the Green and White.

Junior Mark Webber went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks and three RBI as the Beavers defeated WPI, 11-2, in game one of a doubleheader on April 10, 2016, in Babson Park. George Crowley '16 homered and sophomore Brian McHale had two hits and scored three times in support Carey, who struck out seven over eight shutout innings for the Green and White.

WPI (20-8, 9-3 NEWMAC) has won six straight contests after finishing off a three-game sweep of Coast Guard with a 12-10 victory on Saturday. Sophomore Steven Gallagher smacked two of the team's five home runs and finished with four RBI for the Engineers, who have scored 62 runs over their last four outings. Fellow sophomore Ryan Tropeano is batting .431 with 13 extra-base hits and 41 runs scored, senior Nick Comei is hitting .414 with 12 doubles, five homers and 29 RBI, and Gallagher has eight doubles, 10 homers, 39 runs scored and 45 runs batted in on the year. Senior Mike Duclos is 1-0 with four saves and a 1.29 ERA in 13 appearances out of the bullpen, while sophomore Doug Rives is 6-0 with a 3.19 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 36.2 innings.

Babson (12-11, 6-4 NEWMAC) is coming off of an 8-3 victory over MIT in the rubber match of their three-game series on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Michael Genaro tossed a complete game and four different players finished with two hits and an RBI for the Beavers, who got a pair of doubles from junior Ryan Arena. Senior Jake Weiss is batting .382 with three extra-base hits and 14 runs scored, sophomore Brian McHale is hitting .365 with five doubles and 12 RBI, and Arena leads the team with six doubles, six homers and 13 runs batted in to go along with a .338 average. Junior John Floegel is 2-0 with a 1.31 ERA in 20.2 innings, while senior Ken Rotunno has gone 1-1 with a 1.56 ERA in nine appearances out of the bullpen this spring.

Being with Monday's game against WPI, the Beavers will play seven games against NEWMAC foes in seven days to wrap up regular season league play. The Green and White hosts Clark on Wednesday, will playing three games against Emerson on Friday and Saturday, and then travel to Springfield for a doubleheader on Sunday.

The rarest of baseball feats has now happened three times over the last four years for the Beavers. Babson turned triple plays in wins over Keene State (2014) and Plymouth State (2015) before doing it again in Friday's 6-5 victory over MIT. Halpin and junior Adam Ayala have played a role in two of the triple plays, including Friday's 1-3-4-6-2 version.

The Green and White, which totaled 33 runs on 34 hits in Patriots' Day wins over Johnson & Wales (2011) and Suffolk (2014), pulled out an improbable 8-7 win over Suffolk on Marathon Monday last season. Babson scored three times in the eighth inning and then scored a pair of runs when sophomore Eric Jaun's pop up was dropped with two outs in the ninth for the walk-off victory.

The Beavers are 12-1 this season when allowing five runs or less.