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Series Preview: No. 12/8 Baseball vs. No. 25/23 Wheaton

Series Preview: No. 12/8 Baseball vs. No. 25/23 Wheaton

No. 12/8 Baseball vs. No. 25/23 Wheaton
Friday, April 5 | Sidell Stadium | Norton, Mass. | 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 6 | Govoni Field | Babson Park, Mass. | 12/3 p.m.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Wheaton will meet for a key three-game series beginning on Friday afternoon in Norton. The Beavers are 27-42 all-time against the Lyons and have won eight consecutive games in the series going back to 2017.

LAST MEETING
• Senior Eric Jaun went 4-for-5 with a double and three RBI and junior Connor Gill singled and scored three times as the Beavers defeated Wheaton, 11-5, in the NEWMAC Tournament final on May 6, 2018, in Babson Park.
• Mark Webber '18 and juniors Matthew Valente and Jake Oliger all drove in two runs apiece for Babson, which erased an early 4-1 deficit. Senior Jared Sharkey homered and drove in four runs to lead the Lyons.

LAST WHEATON WIN
• Sharkey had two hits and two RBI, while Dan Southerland gave up just one run over 6.2 innings as the Lyons defeated the Beavers, 7-3, in opening game of a doubleheader on April 8, 2017, in Babson Park.
• Jack Halpin '17, Jake Weiss '17 and Adam Ayala all finished with two hits for Babson, which stranded 10 runners in the loss.

SCOUTING THE LYONS
• No. 25/23 Wheaton (15-5, 6-0 NEWMAC) has won nine of its last 11 games despite suffering an 8-6 loss at Salve Regina on Thursday.
• Junior Nick Raposo hit a three-run homer and first-year Jacob Studley reached base four times for the Lyons, who were limited to just six hits.
• Raposo is batting .474 with seven extra-base hits, 20 RBI and 29 runs scored, first-year Andrew Manni is hitting .365 with three doubles and 17 runs batted in, and Sharkey enters the weekend with a .333 average, five doubles, six homers and 27 RBI.
• First-year Zach Clesas is 1-0 with two saves and a 0.57 ERA in 13 relief appearances, sophomore Paul Prue (3-0) boasts a 0.74 ERA to go along with 26 strikeouts in 24.1 innings, and classmate John Mikosz has gone 3-0 with a 1.44 ERA in five starts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 12/8 Babson (16-2, 6-0 NEWMAC) defeated Roger Williams, 11-9, for its program record 15th straight win on Wednesday afternoon.
• Valente and senior Nicholas Browne drove in three runs apiece, while McHale chipped in with a pair of late-inning RBI singles for the Beavers, who have not lost since March 3.
• Oliger is batting .375 with seven doubles, two home runs and 21 runs batted in, Gill is hitting .352 with three doubles and 18 runs scored, and senior Edward Lehr enters the series with a .333 average to go along with six doubles and 16 RBI.
• Senior Michael Genaro is 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA in four starts, junior Michael Nocchi (2-0) has 23 strikeouts in 26.0 innings, and senior Max Tannenbaum has gone 2-0 with three saves in nine relief appearances.

STREAKING BEAVERS
• The Green and White's 15-game winning is tied for the longest in Division III along with No. 2/1 Concordia Chicago.
• The program's two longest winning streaks in school history have now come in the span of 34 games. The Beavers won 14 straight last spring before suffering back-to-back losses to Misericorida in the NCAA regionals and have ripped off 15 consecutive wins this season after going 1-2 at No. 3/5 Trinity (Texas)

Season Wins Date
2019 15 March 15-
2018 14 April 20-May 20
2017 13 April 22-May 18
2010 12 March 15-31

MORE CONFERENCE HONORS FOR NOCCHI
• Nocchi was selected as the NEWMAC Pitcher of the Week for the second time in four weeks on Monday after limiting Coast Guard to just two hits over 8.0 innings on Saturday. He matched his career high with seven strikeouts and retired the first 10 and final 12 batters he faced to improve to 2-0 on the year.

HIT STREAK MARCHES ON
• With his sixth-inning single on Wednesday, Oliger extended his hitting streak to 20 games. His streak is tied for second in school history with McHale's 20-game run during parts of the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
• Dave Ahern '11 owns the longest streak in program history with a hit in 24 straight outings during the 2010 and 2011 campaigns.

PITCHING PROWESS
• Babson's starting staff boasts a 2.89 ERA and has held opposing hitters to just a .234 batting average of its first 18 games. Additionally, the Beavers' pitching staff ranks eighth in Division III in strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.78) and 12th nationally in WHIP (1.20).
• Wheaton owns a 2.44 staff ERA, which is good for fourth in Division III, and also enters the weekend with the best WHIP (0.97) in the country.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 10-0 this season when finishing with more hits than their opponents.

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