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Game Preview: Baseball at Emerson

Game Preview: Baseball at Emerson

Baseball at Emerson
Monday, April 24—7:30 p.m.
Campanelli Stadium—Brockton, Mass.


After sweeping both games of a doubleheader on Saturday in Babson Park, the Beavers and Lions play the final game of the 2017 NEWMAC regular season schedule on Monday night in Brockton. The Beavers won game one 3-2 and claimed a 4-1 victory in game two to stay unbeaten all-time against Emerson.

Babson clinched a NEWMAC Tournament berth with Sunday's sweep of a doubleheader at Springfield and will be either the second or third seed in the upcoming conference playoffs. The Beavers begin the day one-game behind Wheaton, which takes on MIT on Monday afternoon, and a half-game in back of WPI, which has completed its schedule. The Green and White can claim a share of the league's regular season title, and the second seed in the tournament, with a win and a Wheaton loss to MIT.

Emerson (8-20, 1-15 NEWMAC) enters its season finale looking to snap a 17-game losing streak after suffering a pair of losses to Babson on Saturday. First-year Joe Palladino went 2-for-4 with two RBI in game one and senior Danny Johnson singled and drove in a run in game two for the Lions, who were limited to just eight hits on the day. Junior Neil Perry is batting .303 with eight RBI and 16 runs scored, classmate Nolan Menga is hitting .286 with five doubles, two triples and four RBI, and senior Mitch Moormann enters the night at .279 with four doubles, six runs batted in and 12 runs scored. First-year Jack Fox, who is 2-5 with a 2.52 ERA lost Saturday's opener, while classmate Sam Knox is 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA in eight appearances this season.

Babson (17-13, 11-5 NEWMAC) has won a season-high four straight games after sweeping a doubleheader at Springfield on Sunday. Sophomore Brian McHale had a career-high five hits in a 15-5 game one win, while junior Ryan Arena homered and had two doubles as part of a 4-for-5 performance in game two as the Beavers edged the Pride, 7-5. McHale has raised his average to .400 with nine extra-base hits and 18 RBI, Arena is batting .340 with 10 doubles, eight homers and 18 runs batted in, and first-year Sean Harrington is hitting .339 with seven extra-base hits, 10 runs scored and 12 RBI. Senior Ken Rotunno is 1-1 with a 1.35 ERA in 20.0 innings out of the bullpen, while junior Teddy Carey (3.02 ERA, 61 K), and sophomores Michael Genaro (2.89 ERA) and Connor Gill (3.08 ERA) lead the Green and White with four wins apiece.

Senior Jake 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, junior Mark Webber was 8-for-11 with three extra-base hits and six runs batted in in last season's three-game set.

McHale is riding a 10-game hitting streak, Harrington has reached base in each of the 20 games he's played this season, and Rotunno also has not allowed a run in six consecutive appearances out of the bullpen.

The Beavers' starting staff has allowed four earned runs or less in eight consecutive starts going back to April 15.