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NCAA Tournament Harwich Regional Game #9 Preview: Baseball vs. No. 18/22 St. John Fisher

NCAA Tournament Harwich Regional Game #9 Preview: Baseball vs. No. 18/22 St. John Fisher

NCAA Tournament Harwich Regional
Baseball vs. No. 18/22 St. John Fisher
Saturday, May 20—9:30 a.m.
Whitehouse Field—Harwich, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
Babson and nationally-ranked St. John Fisher will meet for the first time in an elimination game on Saturday morning.

WHERE WE STAND IN HARWICH
Both Worcester State and Penn State-Berks have been eliminated from the eight-team regional and three more teams will see their seasons come to an end in Harwich on Saturday.

WHAT'S AT STAKE
The winner of Saturday morning's contest will take on either Salve Regina or Arcadia in a second elimination game at 8 p.m. on Saturday night.

SATURDAY'S SCHEDULE
Game 9: Babson vs. St. John Fisher (elimination game), 9:30 a.m.
Game 10: Salve Regina vs. Arcadia (elimination game), 1 p.m.
Game 11: UMass Boston vs. Suffolk, 4:30 p.m.
Game 12: Winner game 9 vs. winner game (elimination game), 8 p.m.

SCOUTING THE CARDINALS
After getting blanked by Suffolk on Thursday night, St. John Fisher (31-11) stayed alive with a 14-7 win over Worcester State on Friday. Scott Eisenmenger, Malcolm Kelsey and Evan Ryan all homered and four different players drove in two runs apiece for the Cardinals, who scored in each of the first six innings. Eisenmenger is batting .378 with 13 doubles, 11 home runs, 48 runs scored and 57 runs batted in, Justin Graham is hitting .364 with eight doubles and 21 RBI, and Ryan Fahey owns a .333 average to go along with 15 extra-base hits and 35 RBI. Jim Dawson is 6-1 with a 3.26 ERA in 11 starts, while Kyle Chambers has five saves, a 2.48 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 29.0 innings on the year.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (26-14) saw its school-record 13-game winning streak come to an end with a 4-0 loss to No. 19/17 UMass Boston on Friday afternoon. Sophomore Michael Genaro tossed his fourth complete game of the season, but the Beavers were limited to just three hits and were blanked for the first time since March 30. Sophomore Brian McHale is batting .385 with 14 extra-base hits, 30 runs scored and 25 runs batted in, senior Jack Halpin is hitting .345 with 11 extra-base hits and a team-high 37 RBI, and junior Ryan Arena checks in at .333 with 12 doubles, 12 homers, 30 runs scored and 31 runs driven in. Sophomore Connor Gill is 4-0 with a 3.08 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 38.0 innings, while senior Ken Rotunno has gone 2-1 with a 1.59 ERA in 18 relief appearances.

ANOTHER RANKED FOE
The Beavers will play their third consecutive ranked opponent on Saturday following Saturday's loss. The Green and White beat up on No. 22/20 Salve Regina, 14-3, in Thursday's regional opener.

STRONG AT THE BACK
Junior Matt Cuneo owns the program's single-season record with nine saves, while Rotunno boasts a 1.59 ERA in 18 relief appearances and has allowed just two earned runs over his last 19.1 innings pitched going back to March 30.

POWER SURGE
Arena's 12 home runs are a single-season school record and are good for sixth in Division III, while junior Mark Webber has gone deep five times over Babson's last eight games entering Saturday's elimination game.

DEPTH IN THE ROTATION
The Beavers' rotation of Genaro, juniors Teddy Carey and John Floegel, and sophomore Connor Gill combined to go 19-4 with a 2.73 earned run average over 191.1 innings in 28 starts during the regular season. The quartet has six complete games while recording 162 strikeouts against just 48 walks.

ASSAULT ON THE RECORD BOOKS
After going 1-for-3 on Friday, Halpin ranks third in school history in hits (195) and fourth in both runs batted in (122) and total bases (276). He also has started all 138 games in his Babson career, which includes 135 straight at first base without missing a contest going back to April 5, 2014.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers are 8-3 on Saturday this season, which includes five straight wins.

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