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NCAA Tournament York Regional Preview: No. 21/23 Baseball vs. Union

NCAA Tournament York Regional Preview: No. 21/23 Baseball vs. Union

NCAA Tournament York Regional | Game #8
No. 21/23 Baseball vs. Union
Friday, May 18—8 p.m.
PeoplesBank Park—York, Pa.

THE SERIES
Babson and Union will meet for just the second time on Friday night after matching up last March down in Florida.

LAST MEETING
Junior Anthony Amoroso homered, drove in a pair of runs and scored four times, while Matt Catalfo doubled and had three RBI as Union rallied from an early four-run deficit to defeat Babson, 13-8, on March 21, 2017, in Auburndale, Fla. Senior David Lennon and junior Brian McHale each drove in a pair of runs for the Beavers.

ABOUT THE YORK REGIONAL
Despite changes due to weather fans were treated to a pair of one-run games and two lower-seeded teams winning on day one of the York Regional. Arguably the most balanced bracket in the tournament, seven of the eight teams in York have won 30 or more games this season.

FRIDAY SCHEDULE
Game 5: No. 4 Virginia Wesleyan (28-15) vs. No. 8 Castleton (30-11)
Game 6: No. 3 Arcadia (30-15) vs. No. 7 Catholic (31-14)
Game 7: No. 1 Rowan (34-9) vs. No. 5 Misericordia (32-12)
Game 8: No. 2 Babson (33-10) vs. No. 6 Union (31-11)

BABSON IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Beavers are making their second straight trip to the regionals and fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. Babson is 6-6 all-time and won four times last year on its way to reaching the Harwich Regional final.

UNION IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Dutchmen are making its second NCAA Regional appearance in three years and third overall. Union is now 1-4 all-time in tournament play after picking up its first win on Thursday against Arcadia.

SCOUTING THE DUTCHMEN
Union (31-11) got multi-hit days from seven different players and home runs from Sophomore Sean Cullen and junior Andy Labeck on its way to defeating Arcadia, 10-3, in Thursday's opening round. Cullen is batting .433 with 13 doubles, three homers and 39 runs batted in, first-year Jack Koch is hitting .432 with 20 extra-base hits, 29 RBI and 48 runs scored, and sophomore Colin Kelly boasts a .401 average to go along with 17 doubles, 12 homers and 58 runs driven in. Senior Bill Christopher (4-0) and sophomore Josh Garber (4-0) have combined to a post a 3.01 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 86. 2 innings, while first-year Charlie Hoover is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in 10 relief appearances.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
No. 21/23 Babson (33-10) got four hits, including a home run, from senior Ryan Arena and saw seven different players drive in a run to edge Catholic, 12-11, for its 12th straight win on Thursday night. Arena is batting .382 with 14 doubles, 10 homers and 45 runs batted in, McHale is hitting .325 with 22 extra-base hits, 27 RBI and 47 runs scored, and senior Mark Webber enters the regional with a .310 average to go along with 13 doubles, five homers, 38 RBI and 41 runs scored. Junior Michael Genaro is 8-1 with a 2.76 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 65.1 innings, while senior John Floegel has gone 4-2 with a 3.10 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 58.0 innings for a Babson staff that owns a 3.49 ERA and is walking less than three batters per nine innings.

WALK IT OUT
Sophomore Sean Harrington did not collect an official at-bat in Thursday's win as he was plunked in his first plate appearance before drawing four straight walks. His 32 bases on balls this spring are now tied for third in single-season program history.

REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS
By scoring three times on Thursday, Arena set a new single-season record with 51 runs on the year. He also is now tied for second on Babson's single-season charts in both hits (66) and total bases (110).

COMING THROUGH IN THE CLUTCH
Webber's ninth-inning sacrifice fly gave him his third RBI of the night and helped the Green and White win in its final at-bat for the fourth time this season. The Beavers also improved to 6-3 in one-run games with the victory.

TOURNAMENT TESTED
Juniors Connor Gill, Eric Jaun and Edward Lehr were three of five Babson players named to the Harwich Regional All-Tournament team last May. Gill batted .500 (10-for-20) with four doubles and six RBI, Jaun hit .385 (10-for-26) with five RBI and Lehr tossed a complete-game two-hitter in the Beavers' 9-1 elimination-game victory over Suffolk.

40/40 CLUB
Arena is just the third player in program history to drive in at least 40 runs and cross the plate 40 or more times in a single season at Babson. His 51 runs scored this spring are now two clear of Eric Previte's 1998 record and his 45 RBI are the most by a Beaver since 1998.

FIVE RECOGNIZED WITH NEWMAC HONORS
Arena became the Beavers' first conference player of the year selection since 2011 and head coach Matt Noone was tabbed as the NEWMAC Coach of the Year when the league released its postseason awards on May 9. Arena was joined on the first team by Genaro, while McHale and Gill, who earned NEWMAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors, were both named to the all-conference second team.

ASSAULT ON THE RECORD BOOKS
In addition to setting a new school mark for wins in a season, the Green and White enters the regionals having already set new single-season offensive records for runs (334), doubles (98), total bases (676) and walks (203), are tied for second in home runs (33) and rank third in hit batsmen (55). The Beavers' pitching staff has also set a club record for strikeouts with 292.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers' 12-game winning streak is the longest active streak in Division III and is one shy of last year's 13-game run.

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