Series Preview: Baseball vs. Emerson

Series Preview: Baseball vs. Emerson

Baseball vs. Emerson
Saturday, April 22—12/3 p.m. at Govoni Field
Monday, April 24—7:30 p.m. at Camanelli Stadium (Brockton, Mass.)


Babson and Emerson will meet for a three-game series beginning on Saturday in Babson Park. The Beavers are 10-0 in the all-time series and swept last year's three-game series by outscoring the Lions 40-1.

Junior Mark Webber went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI, while sophomore Connor Gill added three hits and three runs scored as the Beavers defeated Emerson, 14-0, to cap a three-game sweep on April 23, 2016, in Brockton. Junior David Lennon also finished with three hits as Nick Ahearn '16 and three relievers combined to hold the Lions to just four hits.

Emerson (8-18, 1-13 NEWMAC) enters the weekend having dropped 15 straight games following its 5-2 loss at MIT on Thursday. Junior Tim Quitadamo went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI and senior Danny Johnson added two hits for the Lions, who led 2-1 going to the bottom of the fifth. Junior Neil Perry is batting .321 with eight RBI and 14 runs scored, senior Mitch Moormann is hitting .282 with five extra-base hits and 12 runs scored, and junior Pablo Feldman has three doubles and a team-high 12 runs batted in to go along with a .278 average. First-year Jack Fox is 2-4 with a 3.00 ERA in 42.0 innings, while senior Cal Laird has gone 1-2 with a 3.54 ERA in 10 appearances.

Babson (13-13, 7-5 NEWMAC) enters the weekend following a 3-1 loss to Southern Maine on Thursday. Senior Jack Halpin had an RBI single and sophomore Edward Lehr allowed just one earned run over 6.0 innings for the Beavers, who were limited to four hits. Sophomore Brian McHale is batting .384 with seven extra-base hits, 13 RBI and 15 runs scored, senior Jake Weiss is hitting .328 with eight RBI and junior Ryan Arena checks in at .325 with seven doubles, seven home runs, 14 RBI and 17 runs scored. Senior Ken Rotunno is 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA in 10 relief appearances, while sophomore Michael Genaro has gone 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA and a 7.67 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 36.2 innings this spring.

The Beavers will play its final five conference games in a three-day stretch from Saturday-Monday. Babson sits a game ahead of both Clark and Springfield and is in a virtual tie with MIT as four teams fight for the final three playoff spots.

Weiss has gone 13-for-24 (.542) with three doubles, seven RBI and 13 runs scored, while junior Adam Ayala is batting .500 (12-for-24) with two doubles, two triples, 10 RBI and 11 runs scored over the last two years against Emerson. Additionally, Webber was 8-for-11 with three extra-base hits and six runs batted in in last season's three-game set.

Over Babson's first 12 NEWMAC games, its starting staff of Genaro, juniors Teddy Carey and John Floegel and sophomore Connor Gill have gone 6-4 with a 3.56 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 83.1 innings. The group has pitched into the seventh inning in eight of 12 starts and is holding opposing hitters to a .252 batting average.

McHale has at least one hit in his last seven games against NEWMAC foes, while Arena has reached base in 11 straight conference outings. Rotunno also has not allowed a run in each of his last five appearances out of the bullpen.

The Beavers are 4-3 this season in games decided by one or two runs.