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

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

NCAA Tournament York Regional | Game #11
No. 21/23 Baseball vs. Misericordia
Sunday, May 20—10 a.m.
PeoplesBank Park—York, Pa.

THE SERIES
Babson and Misericordia will meet for the first time on Sunday with the winner advancing to Monday's regional final.

YORK REGIONAL UPDATE
The second and third days of the Mid-Atlantic Regional featured three one-run games and a trio of contests that needed extra innings to be settled. Castleton and Catholic were both eliminated on Friday, while Arcadia and Union saw their seasons come to an end on Saturday. No. 21/23 Babson and Misericordia enter Sunday as the only teams without a blemish this far, and the winner will earn a spot in Monday's regional final.

SATURDAY'S RESULTS
Game 9: No. 2/2 Rowan 4, Arcadia 1 (12 inn.)
Game 10: Virginia Wesleyan 10, Union 4

SUNDAY'S SCHEDULE
Game 11: Babson (34-10) vs. Misericordia (33-12), 10 a.m.
Game 12: Rowan (35-10) vs. Virginia Wesleyan (30-15), 1:30 p.m.
Game 13: Loser Game 11 vs. Winner Game 12, 5 p.m.

BABSON IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Beavers are making their second consecutive appearance and fourth trip over all to the NCAA regionals. Babson, which reached the Harwich Regional final in 2017, has won its first two games in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.

MISERICORDIA IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Cougars are making their seventh consecutive trip and seventh appearance overall to the postseason. After dropping its first two games at last year's Mideast Regional, Misericordia is 2-0 for the first time since 2011.

SCOUTING THE COUGARS
Misericorida (33-12) followed up Thursday's 4-1 win over Virginia Wesleyan with a 6-5 10-inning triumph over No. 2/2 Rowan on Friday. First-year Sean Boylan drove in the tying run with two outs in the ninth and junior Santo Guinta singled home the game-winning run in the 10th for the Cougars, who swiped four bags in the win. Junior Steve Weisensee is batting .344 with 16 extra-base hits and 43 runs batted in, sophomore Tyler Holzapfel is hitting .318 with 13 doubles, three triples, two homers and 38 RBI, and Guinta has a .257 average to go along with 12 doubles, six home runs, 43 runs scored and 40 driven in. Senior Elliot Forde is 7-0 with a 3.32 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 59.2 innings, while closer junior Kyle Melahn is 3-2 with seven saves in 24 appearances out of the bullpen.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
No. 21/23 Babson (34-10) defeated Catholic 12-11 on Thursday and then rallied for a 5-4 10-inning win over Union on Friday night. Junior Brian McHale tied the game with an RBI triple in the ninth and sophomore Sean Harrington scored on a throwing error in the 10th for the Beavers, who matched a school record with their 13th straight win. Senior Ryan Arena is batting .371 with 14 doubles, 10 homers, 45 runs batted in and 52 runs scored, McHale is hitting .333 with 24 extra-base hits, 48 runs and 28 RBI, and senior Mark Webber owns a .315 average to go along with 14 doubles, five home runs and 40 runs driven in. Junior Michael Genaro is 8-1 with a 2.76 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 65.1 innings, while senior Drew Petillo has gone 3-0 with a 0.68 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 13.1 innings out of the bullpen.

LUCKY 13
Friday night's victory helped the Green and White match the program's longest winning streak in school history at 13 games. The streak is also the longest current active run of wins in Division III. Pfeiffer ended the season with 18 straight triumphs but is ineligible for the NCAA Tournament as a provisional Division III member.

BOUNCE BACK FROM THE PEN
One night after struggling in the win over Catholic, the Babson bullpen was lights out against Union. Petillo punched out back-to-back batters with runners on first and second in the bottom of the ninth to earn his second win of the regional, while junior Max Tannenbaum earned his second save of the year with a seven-pitch 10th inning.

SETTING THE TABLE
McHale is 6-for-10 with two doubles, a triple, two RBI and four runs scored from the leadoff spot in Babson's first two regional contests.

40/40 CLUB ADDS ANOTHER MEMBER
With his two-run double in the first inning on Friday, Webber joined Arena as two of just four players in program history to drive in at least 40 runs and score 40 times in the same season. Webber is also one of just three players to produce 40 or more RBI in multiple seasons in program history. The other two, Kevin Higa '03 and Jon Cignetti '98, are both in the Babson Athletics Hall of Fame.

BRINGING THE HEAT
With seven punchouts over 8.1 innings against Union on Friday night, senior John Floegel became just the fifth pitcher in program history to record more than 60 strikeouts in a single season. For the year, he has fanned 61 batters in 66.1 innings pitched.

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 (351), doubles (104), total bases (708) and walks (218), and are tied for second in home runs (34) and hit batsmen (56). The Beavers' pitching staff has also set a club record for strikeouts with 306.

POUNDING THE ZONE
Genaro has issued just three walks this season and ranks second in Division III in walks allowed per nine innings (0.41) and is third nationally in strikeout-to-walk ratio (19.00). His eight wins are also tied for the most in single-season program history, a record set by Sam Kilpatrick '97 in 1996 and matched by Andrew Aizendstadt '11 in 2009.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers are 28-2 this season when allowing five runs or less.

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