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Game Preview: Baseball at Johnson & Wales

Game Preview: Baseball at Johnson & Wales

Baseball at Johnson & Wales
Friday, March 30—3 p.m.
Scotts Miracle-Gro Athletics Complex—Providence, R.I.

THE SERIES
Babson and Johnson & Wales will meet for the seventh time on Monday afternoon in a series that dates back to 2006. The Beavers are 5-1 all-time against the Wildcats, but had their five-game winning streak in the series snapped back in 2012.

LAST MEETING
Jake Dickerson broke a 1-1 deadlock in the sixth inning with a grand slam as Johnson & Wales defeated Babson, 5-1, on March 25, 2012, in Providence, R.I. Billy Hocking tripled and scored for the Beavers, who finished with just three hits. Shawn Haugh struck out 12 in a complete game effort for the Wildcats.

LAST BABSON WIN
Billy Miller '12 and Dave Ahern '11 each homered twice and combined to drive in seven runs as the Beavers routed Johnson & Wales, 15-1, on April 18, 2011, in Babson Park. Current assistant coach Conor Kortmann '13 also went 3-for-5 with a homer, two runs scored and two RBI for the Beavers, who scored all their runs over the first five innings.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Johnson & Wales (9-5) has won four of its last six games after holding off Wentworth 9-8 on Thursday night. Sophomore Vin Amalfitano was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI for the Wildcats, who took the lead for good with a pair of unearned runs in the top of the eighth inning. Junior Tom Lombardi is hitting .367 with two homers and 11 runs batted in, classmate Aidan Hagarty is batting .357 with six extra-base hits and 10 RBI, and sophomore Raimiel Rodriguez checks in at .350 with five doubles, two triples and seven RBI. Senior Keith Grant is 4-0 with a 1.78 ERA in 35.1 innings, while junior reliever Josh Mosseau (1-1) has struck out 14 in 14.0 innings this spring.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (9-7) has won two straight games after routing Curry, 17-1, on Thursday. Sophomore Jake Oliger went 2-for-2 with four RBI, while senior David Lennon and sophomore Matthew Valente each drove in three runs for the Beavers, who tied a school record with 13 walks. Lennon is batting .378 with two doubles and five runs batted in, junior Brian McHale is hitting .367 with nine extra-base hits and nine RBI, and Valente checks in at .333 with four doubles and a team-high 14 RBI. Sophomore Michael Nocchi has a 0.84 ERA in 10.2 innings, while junior Max Tannenbaum is holding opposing hitters to a .192 average to go along with nine strikeouts in 8.0 innings.

IT'S BEEN A WHILE
Babson and Johnson & Wales are in good position to play on Friday for the first time since 2012 after having each of their last five scheduled meetings cancelled due to weather.

IN COMMAND ON THE BUMP
Sophomore Edward Lehr and four relievers combined to strike out 10 while limiting Curry to just two hits over eight innings on Thursday. Nocchi and senior Teddy Carey both struck out the side in their only inning of work, and Tannenbaum fanned a pair as the Green and White limited the Colonels to just one base runner over the final four frames.

PATIENCE AT THE PLATE
Sophomore Sean Harrington walked three times for the third time this season Thursday. He boasts a team-best .536 on-base percentage and has reached base in 11 straight games.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers are outscoring their foes 56-36 over the first four innings this season.

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