NCAA Tournament York Regional | Final
Monday, May 21—11 a.m.
No. 21/23 Baseball vs. Misericordia
PeoplesBank Park—York, Pa.
Babson and Misericordia will meet for the second day in a row with a berth in the 2018 Division III College World Series on the line. The Beavers won the only other meeting between the squads on Sunday morning.
HOW WE GOT HERE
Babson defeated Catholic and Union in back-to-back one-run games and then rallied from a four-run deficit to top Misericordia in Sunday's winner's bracket final. The Cougars started the regional victories over Virginia Wesleyan and No. 2/2 Rowan, and then bounced back from their loss to the Beavers with an elimination-game win over the Marlins on Sunday afternoon.
BABSON IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Beavers are making their second consecutive appearance and fourth trip over all to the NCAA regionals. The Green and White, which has never before started 3-0 in the NCAA Tournament, is playing in a regional final for the second year in a row.
MISERICORDIA IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Cougars are making their seventh consecutive trip and seventh appearance overall to the postseason. The Cougars advanced to the championship round for the first time in program history with Sunday's elimination game win.
SCOUTING THE COUGARS
Misericordia (34-13) staved off elimination to reach the regional final with a 14-4 win over Virginia Wesleyan on Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Tyler Holzapfel drove in three runs, while junior Conor Smith and senior Alec Iurato each contributed two hits and two RBI apiece for the Cougars. Junior Steve Weisensee is batting .348 with 17 extra-base hits and 45 runs batted in, Holzapfel is hitting .312 with 14 doubles, three triples, two homers and 41 RBI, and junior Santo Guinta has a .259 average to go along with 13 doubles, six home runs, 43 runs scored and 42 driven in. Junior Drake Koch, Misericordia's game one starter on Thursday, has gone 6-0 with a 2.73 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 59.1 innings pitched, while classmate Kyle Melahn has gone 3-2 with seven saves and a 2.61 ERA in 25 appearances in relief on the year.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
No. 21/23 Babson (35-10) rallied from a four-run deficit to reach Monday's final with a 7-5 victory over Misericordia on Sunday morning. Sophomore Sean Harrington hit a three-run homer and five different players drove in a run for the Beavers, who scored three times in the seventh to go in front for good. Senior Ryan Arena is batting .368 with 14 doubles, 10 homers, 45 runs batted in and 53 runs scored, junior Brian McHale is hitting .337 with 24 extra-base hits, 49 runs and 29 RBI, and senior Mark Webber owns a .307 average to go along with 14 doubles, five home runs and 41 runs driven in. Junior Edward Lehr and first-year Alex Luka have combined to go 5-3 with a 3.18 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 56.2 innings, while the duo of senior Matt Cuneo and junior Max Tannenbaum is 2-0 with seven saves and 28 strikeouts in 37.0 innings out of the bullpen.
14 AND COUNTING
Sunday's win over Misericordia set a new standard as it was the 14th straight for the Beavers since a 4-3 extra-inning loss at Southern Maine back on April 19. Babson's previous record of 13 consecutive wins came last season during the team's run to the NCAA Tournament.
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.
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 has now set new single-season offensive records for runs (358), doubles (106), total bases (723), walks (220) and hit batsmen (60), and also rank second with 35 home runs. The Beavers' pitching staff has also set a club record for strikeouts with 307.
RISING UP THE WINS LIST
Junior Michael Genaro went 7.1 innings on Sunday and set a new single-season program record with his ninth victory. The win was also the 18th of his career, which is good for second place on Babson's all-time list.
BOUNCE BACK FROM THE PEN
Since struggling in Thursday's win over Catholic, the Beavers' relief core has been lights out. The quartet of Cuneo, Tannenbaum, senior Drew Petillo and sophomore William Gallagher has allowed just one hit in three scoreless frames.
SUCCESS STARTS AT THE TOP OF THE ORDER
McHale, who has a hit in each of the Beavers' nine NCAA Tournament games going back to last year, is batting .409 with two doubles, two triples, nine RBI and eight runs scored for his career in the regionals. Junior Connor Gill boasts a .483 average to go along five doubles, eight runs batted in and five multi-hit games in seven NCAA regional contests.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers are 16-2 in the month of May over the last two seasons.