Noone Named D3baseball.com New England Coach of the Year, Arena Repeats as First-Team Selection
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Four members of the Babson College baseball program were honored when D3baseball.com and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) released their all-region teams earlier this week.
Head coach Matt Noone was tabbed as the coach of the year, while senior Ryan Arena (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) and junior Michael Genaro (Greenwich, Conn.) were both named to the D3baseball.com All-New England teams on Monday. Arena and Genaro were joined by junior Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.) on the all-region squad when the ABCA released its awards in conjunction with the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) on Tuesday.
Noone was honored as the D3baseball.com Coach of the Year for the first time after leading the Beavers to the best season in program history. Under his leadership, the Green and White won a school-record 35 games, captured the program's second consecutive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season and tournament titles, and reached the NCAA Tournament York Regional final.
Additionally, Babson surpassed or matched program records for runs scored, doubles, home runs and walks, and its pitching staff recorded more than 300 strikeouts for the first time in school history.
One of the region's top hitters, Arena garnered D3baseball.com and ABCA/NEIBA first-team honors for the second consecutive year. He batted a career-best .366 and set new career highs in hits (70), runs (54), doubles (15), RBI (48) total bases (118) and on-base percentage (.423) in addition to hitting 11 home runs and finishing with a .618 slugging percentage.
Arena, who started all 47 games, set new single-season program records for at-bats, hits, runs scored and total bases, and ranked 18th in Division III in homers. His 48 runs batted in are also the most by a Babson players since 2002 and good for the third highest total in school history.
A two-year starter, Arena batted .339 with 31 doubles, 24 home runs, 89 RBI and 93 runs scored in 111 career games.
Genaro received the first all-region honors of his career after being named to the second team by both D3baseball.com and ABCA/NEIBA. He put together one of the top seasons in program history going 9-1 with a 3.10 ERA and a career-high 58 strikeouts in 72.2 innings for the Beavers.
Genaro, who ranks second in Division III in both strikeout-to-walk ratio (19.33) and walks allowed per nine innings (0.37), passed Sam Kilpatrick '97 and Andrew Aizenstadt '11 for the most wins in single-season program history. His 72.2 innings pitched are tied for the second most in a single season and he finished the year tied for sixth on the Beavers' strikeout list.
McHale earned the first all-region award of his career when he was named to the ABCA/NEIBA third team after batting .339 with 15 doubles, five triples, five home runs, 30 RBI and 51 runs scored in 45 games. He set new career highs in hits (63), doubles, triples, homers, RBI, runs scored and walks (29) to go along with a .429 on-base percentage.
In addition to his success at the plate, he turned 24 double players and recorded 68 putouts and 123 assists and had a career-best .923 fielding percentage in 45 starts at shortstop.
Babson, which repeated as an NCAA regional finalist, finished the season with an overall record of 35-12.