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Game Preview: Baseball vs. Salem State

Game Preview: Baseball vs. Salem State

Baseball at Salem State
Tuesday, May 2—3:30 p.m.
Govoni Field—Babson Park, Mass.


Babson and Salem State will meet for just the 10th time in a series that dates back to 1989. The Beavers are 2-7 all-time against the Vikings, although the teams have played just three times since 1998.

Junior John Floegel allowed just one earned run over 5.2 innings, but the Vikings erupted for five runs over the final two frames on its way to defeating the Beavers, 7-3, in Salem, Mass., on April 27, 2016. George Crowley '16 and senior Jack Halpin both had two hits for and junior Mark Webber added a double for the Beavers. Senior Mac Daniel Singleton went 3-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and two runs scored, while Mike Davis added a pair of hits, including a double, and drove in a pair of runs for Salem State.

The Beavers defeated Salem State, 7-0, on May 5, 1998, in the ECAC New England Tournament.

Salem State (21-17) extended its winning streak to six with a sweep of Fitchburg State on Saturday. Sophomore Joe White had five hits and senior Joe Kasper went 4-for-7 with two doubles, a homer and five RBI for the Vikings, who took the opener 7-5 and followed it up with a 6-5 game-two victory. Kasper is batting .371 with 18 extra-base hits, 24 RBI and 33 runs scored, sophomore Brendan Greene is hitting.366 with eight doubles and 24 RBI, and White enters the week at .362 with 10 extra-base hits and 33 runs scored. Junior Will Twiss is 4-1 with a 3.22 ERA in 44.2 innings, while senior Tim Woods is 2-2 with four saves and 36 strikeouts in 25.2 innings out of the bullpen.

Babson (22-13), which was 11th in the initial NCAA regional rankings, extended its winning streak to nine with a 3-0 victory over Western New England on Monday. Sophomore Brian McHale went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored and five pitchers combined on an eight-hit shutout for the Beavers, who have not allowed a run in 16 consecutive innings. McHale is batting .374 with 11 doubles, 18 RBI and 26 runs scored, Halpin is batting .340 with 10 extra-base hits and team highs of 29 RBI and 27 runs scored, and junior Ryan Arena checks in at .333 with 11 doubles, 10 homers, 23 runs scored and 25 RBI. Senior Ken Rotunno is 1-1 with a 1.08 ERA in 15 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.

The Beavers' nine-game winning streak is the program's longest since 2010 and the fourth longest in program history. The 2010 squad won 12 straight games, the 2008 team boasted an 11-game streak and the Green and White won 10 consecutive games in 1997.

Babson's 3.65 team earned run average is currently the fourth lowest in program history and ranks 55th in Division III entering the day.

Arena has hit safely in eight straight games and has reached base in each of his last 25 outings, while Halpin (11) and Webber (9) both extended their respective hitting streaks on Monday. Halpin also has at least two knocks in seven consecutive contests.

The Beavers are 19-1 this season when recording more hits than their opponents.