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NCAA Tournament Harwich Regional Game #13 Preview: Baseball vs. Suffolk

NCAA Tournament Harwich Regional Game #13 Preview: Baseball vs. Suffolk

NCAA Tournament Harwich Regional
Baseball vs. Suffolk
Sunday, May 21—12 p.m.
Whitehouse Field—Harwich, Mass.

THE SERIES
After having their regular season meeting cancelled back in mid-April, Babson and Suffolk will meet for the 45th time on Sunday in the NCAA Tournament. The Beavers are 26-18 all-time against the Rams and have won eight of the last 10 matchups between the teams.

HOW THEY GOT HERE
Babson won a pair of elimination games on Saturday over No. 18/22 St. John Fisher (12-8) and No. 22/20 Salve Regina (5-4), while Suffolk followed up back-to-back shutout wins over St. John Fisher and RV/No. 25 Arcadia with a 13-4 loss to No. 19/17 UMass Boston on Saturday afternoon.

WHAT'S AT STAKE
The winner of Saturday's contest will advance to the regional final against top-seeded UMass Boston. A win against the Beacons on Sunday at 4 p.m. would force a winner-take-all game on Monday with a berth in the Division III College World Series on the line.

SCOUTING THE RAMS
Suffolk (28-16) had not allowed a run in 20 consecutive innings in the regional prior to Saturday's 13-4 loss to UMass Boston. Senior Matt Brenner and junior Greg Speliotis each had two hits and senior Kevin Belskie drove in three runs for the Rams, who trailed 10-0 after three innings. Junior Brady Chant is batting .360 with 13 doubles, 12 triples, four homers, 35 RBI and 46 runs scored, Belski is hitting .343 with nine extra-base hits and a team-high 39 runs batted in, and Brenner checks in at .342 with 16 extra-base hits and 36 RBI. Junior Mark Fusco is 4-4 with a 1.30 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 34.2 innings.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (28-14) set a new program record for wins in a season with Saturday's 5-4 victory over No. 22/20 Salve Regina. Junior Ryan Arena came through with a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the eighth for the Beavers, who had trailed 4-1 in the sixth. Sophomore Brian McHale is batting .370 with 14 extra-base hits, 25 RBI and 32 runs scored, senior Jack Halpin is hitting .339 with 11 extra-base hits, 32 runs scored and 38 RBI, and Arena checks in at .329 with 12 doubles, 12 home runs and 34 runs batted in. Senior Ken Rotunno is 3-1 with a 1.53 ERA in 19 relief appearances, while junior Matt Cuneo worked out of a bases loaded jam to record his 10th save of the year on Saturday night.

GETTING THE JOB DONE
The Beavers' starting staff has gone at least 7.0 innings in each of the first four regional games and boasts a 2.75 ERA entering Saturday's tilt against Suffolk.

ASSAULT ON THE RECORD BOOKS
With 197 career hits, Halpin needs just two more to match Matt Delaney's '09 all-time program record. He also broke his own record for putouts in a season (366) on Saturday and is now tied for third all-time with 123 career RBI.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers are 26-3 this season when giving up five runs or less.

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