Baseball at the Snowbird Classic
Friday, March 2 vs. Otterbein, 12 p.m.
Saturday, March 3 vs. Heidelberg, 11 a.m. | vs. Otterbein, 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 4 vs. Baldwin Wallace, 10 a.m.
South County Regional Park—Punta Gorda, Fla.
The Babson College baseball team will make the first of two trips to Florida this weekend for four games over three days at the South Country Regional Park in Punta Gorda. The Beavers will take on three of the top teams in the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC), all of which won at least 22 games last season.
vs. Otterbein: The Beavers suffered an 11-5 loss to the Cardinals in the only meeting between the teams on March 11, 2012, in Fort Myers, Fla.
vs. Heidelberg: first meeting
vs. Baldwin Wallace: first meeting
SCOUTING THE CARDINALS
Otterbein (1-0) opened its season with a 16-11 victory over Mount St. Joseph last Sunday. First-year Luke Barber and senior Bryan Stopar both doubled and homered while combining to drive in six for the Cardinals, who scored 11 runs over the first three innings. Otterbein returns its top three starters and seven position players from a team that went 31-14 and won the OAC Tournament before dropping its first two games of the NCAA Tournament South Regional. Stopar batted .346 with 11 doubles, six homers and 43 RBI, while junior Connor Brett hit .344 with 10 doubles and four home runs to go along with 27 runs batted in. Seniors Craig Price and Stevie Yuran both went 7-4 with a 2.25 ERA to lead a staff that held opponents to just a .252 batting average in 2017.
SCOUTING THE STUDENT PRINCES
Heidelberg (1-0) is coming off a 5-4 victory over Anderson in its season opener last Sunday. Senior Kyle Slovick and first-year Justin DeWitt each had two hits and drove in two runs for the Student Princes, who got six innings of one-run ball from its bullpen in the win. The team returns 16 seniors from a team that won six of its final seven games to finish at 22-17 overall last season. Senior Joey Rydzewski batted .310 with 25 stolen bases and 40 runs scored, junior Parker Fronk hit .303 with seven extra-base hits and 18 RBI, and classmate Matt Psychas smacked 10 doubles and drove in 20 runs. Senior ace Anthony Hajdu went 7-2 with a 2.81 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 64 innings, while sophomore Cameron Deemer was 3-1 with three saves and a 3.55 earned run average as a rookie.
SCOUTING THE YELLOW JACKETS
Baldwin Wallace (4-0) heads south after routing Oberlin in both ends of a doubleheader on Sunday. Senior Trent Kaltencach drove in five runs on the day and sophomore Dudley Taw hit a three-run homer in the nightcap for the Yellow Jackets, who saw starters junior Danny Cody and senior Evan Lovick strikeout 14 while allowing just one unearned run over nine innings. Classmate Alex Marcum batted .347 with nine doubles, five homers and 41 RBI last season, while fellow senior Spencer Badia hit .323 with eight doubles, six home runs and 27 runs driven in. Lovick led the pitching staff in 2017 going 8-2 with a 2.47 ERA and two complete games in 73 innings of work. Baldwin Wallace tied for fourth place in the OAC last with an overall mark of 22-17 last season.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (0-0) returns 27 players from a team that that set a school record for wins and went 29-15 on its way to reaching the NCAA Tournament Harwich Regional final in 2017. Among the returnees are seven position players and much of the pitching staff, including the team's top six starters and a pair of top relievers. Junior Brian McHale batted .366 with 12 doubles and 27 RBI, senior Ryan Arena hit a school-record 13 home runs to go along with 12 doubles and 36 runs batted in, and sophomore Sean Harrington hit .311 with 11 doubles in addition to leading the Beavers in walks (24) and on-base percentage (.468). Senior Teddy Carey went 6-3 with a 3.44 ERA and a program-record 79 strikeouts in 70.2 innings, while juniors Michael Genaro (6-2, 2.90 ERA) and Connor Gill (5-0, 3.33 ERA) combined to toss six complete games in 2017. Senior Matt Cuneo finished among the nation's leaders with 10 saves last year and fanned 21 batters in 23.1 innings.
PRESEASON HONORS FOR ARENA
After earning first-team all-conference and all-region accolades to cap last season, Arena garnered first-team preseason All-America honors from D3baseball.com back in January. He enters the 2018 campaign having reached base in 34 consecutive outings going back to last March.
PRESENCE IN THE POLLS
Despite not receiving a single vote in the D3baseball.com poll, the Beavers came in 19th in the Rawlings/Perfect Game top-25 and was ranked 33rd in the Collegiate Baseball preseason poll.
HITTING STREAK HITS THE ROAD
McHale, who tied for second on the team last season with 15 multi-hit outings, enters the 2018 campaign riding an 11-game hitting streak that dates back to game two of Babson's NEWMAC Tournament semifinal series against Wheaton.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers finished 2017 with a 24-1 mark when leading after six innings.