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Game Preview: Baseball vs. Clark

Game Preview: Baseball vs. Clark

Baseball vs. Clark
Wednesday, April 18-3:30 p.m.
Govoni Field—Babson Park, Mass.


Babson and Clark will meet for the 76th time on Tuesday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1983. The Beavers are 56-19 all-time against the Cougars but need a win to split the regular season series for a fifth straight season.

Senior Owen Shea tied the game with a three-run homer in the sixth inning, but Clark responded with five runs over the final two innings to defeat the Beavers, 8-3, on April 11 on April 11 in Worcester. Junior Kyle Bonicki who went 3-for-5 with a pair of extra-base hits, while classmate Teddy Downing and senior Adam Chochrek all drove in a pair of runs for the Cougars. Sophomore Eric Jaun finished with four hits, including a double, and a run scored for Babson.

Jaun doubled twice and drove in three runs as the Beavers rallied to defeat Clark, 5-2, on April 13, 2016, in Babson Park. Jaun plated senior Jack Halpin with the go-ahead run with two outs in the eighth, while George Crowley '16 went 2-for-4 with two RBI for the Beavers. David Eschen went 3-for-4 and Tyler Hutchinson finished with two hits, including a double, and an RBI for the Cougars.

Clark (23-9, 7-6) enters the final week of league play on a three-game winning streak after blanking Mass. Maritime, 3-0, on Tuesday. First-year Callum Sawden struck out seven over seven shutout innings and Dylan Horn went 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Cougars, who improved to 14-3 in non-conference play. Downing is batting .413 with 13 extra-base hits and 27 RBI, Bonicki is hitting .376 with 16 doubles, six triples, four homers and 40 runs scored, and Chochrek enters the day at .333 with nine doubles and seven homers to go along with a team-high 38 runs batted in. Sophomore Cal Slepkow is 5-0 with a 2.45 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 55.0 innings, while junior Conor Walsh is 3-1 with a 4.58 in 39.1 innings of work.

Babson (12-12, 6-5 NEWMAC) is looking to rebound from an 11-4 Marathon-Monday loss to WPI on the heels of winning two-out-of-three against MIT over the weekend. Junior Mark Webber smacked a three-run homer and sophomore Brian McHale finished with three hits for the Beavers, who hit into four double plays in the loss. McHale is batting .380 with six doubles, 12 RBI and 14 runs scored, junior Ryan Arena is hitting .325 with six home runs and 13 RBI, and Halpin leads the Green and White with 18 runs scored and 20 RBI to go along with a .301 average. Senior Ken Rotunno is 1-1 with a 1.56 ERA in nine relief appearances, while sophomore Michael Genaro has gone 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 36.2 innings over five starts.

Jaun is 8-for-13 with two doubles, a home run and six RBI in three career games against Clark.

Entering the final week of conference play, six teams are fighting for five playoff spots. Wheaton (10-3) and WPI (11-3) lead the east and west divisions, respectively, while the Beavers (6-5) are part of a four-team group along with Clark (7-6), MIT (7-6) and Springfield (6-5) that enter the day in a virtual tie for the final three berths.

The Beavers are 11-4 when leading or tied entering the seventh inning this season.