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Game Preview: Baseball vs. Western New England

Game Preview: Baseball vs. Western New England

Baseball vs. Western New England
Monday, May 1—3:30 p.m.
Govoni Field—Babson Park, Mass.


Babson and Western New England will meet for the 23rd time on Monday afternoon. The Beavers are 10-12 all-time against the Golden Bears with the teams having met just twice since 2003.

Dillon Gonzalez '15 had two hits and senior Owen Shea went 1-for-3 with an RBI in Babson's 11-2 loss at Western New England on April 27, 2015, in Springfield, Mass. Matt Calzone went 4-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI to pace the Golden Bears' 19-hit attack.

The Beavers defeated Western New England 8-3 on May 11, 2002, in Babson Park, Mass.

Western New England (21-15), which is 14th in the initial NCAA regional rankings, has dropped two straight games after suffering a 4-1 loss at No. 21/25 Southern Maine on Sunday. Sophomore Aaron Rios reached base four times and first-year Kevin Johnson went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Golden Bears, who stranded 11 runners on base. Senior Daniel Morin is batting .346 with 19 extra-base hits and 27 RBI, sophomore Ben LaCroix is hitting .336 with five homers, 28 runs and 33 RBI, and Rios enters the week with a .329 average to go along with three extra-base hits and 15 runs batted in. Sophomore Bob Hamel is 6-2 with a 2.12 ERA and five complete games in eight starts, while senior Jacques Boilard has five saves and a 2.61 ERA in 11 relief appearances.

Babson (21-13), which is 11th in the NCAA regional rankings, has won eight straight games after defeating Wheaton, 2-0, in its NEWMAC Tournament semifinal series over the weekend. Juniors Mark Webber and Ryan Arena combined to hit five of the team's seven home runs as the Beavers took the opener 6-4 and downed the Lyons 10-2 in game two. Sophomore Brian McHale is batting .361 with nine doubles, 18 RBI and 24 runs scored, first-year Sean Harrington is hitting .338 with eight doubles and a team-high 17 walks, and Arena checks in at .336 with 11 doubles, 10 homers, 23 runs scored and 24 RBI. Senior Ken Rotunno is 1-1 with a 1.13 ERA in 14 relief appearances, while junior Teddy Carey and sophomore Michael Genaro have combined to go 10-4 with a 2.96 ERA and 99 strikeouts in 109.1 innings this spring.

With a home run in each game against Wheaton, Arena became the program's new single-season leader with 10 on the year. Junior Matt Cuneo, who set the program's all-time saves record at Emerson on April 24, recorded his seventh of the spring in game against the Lyons to set a new single-season record.

Senior Jack Halpin, who has produced six consecutive multi-hit games, ranks fifth in program history in hits (185) and has moved into sixth place in school annals with 113 runs batted in.

The Beavers are averaging 8.71 runs and 13.0 hits over the last seven games.