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Game Preview: No. 14/14 Baseball at Springfield

Game Preview: No. 14/14 Baseball at Springfield

No. 14/14 Baseball at Springfield
Wednesday, April 10 | 3:30 p.m.
Archie Allen Field | Springfield, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Springfield will meet for the 55th time on Tuesday in a series that dates back to 1996. The Beavers are 32-22 all-time against the Pride and have won 10 straight in the series going back to 2014.

LAST MEETING
• Senior Michael Genaro struck out seven over eight innings and Babson scored seven first-inning runs on the way to defeating the Pride, 10-1, on April 17, 2018, in Springfield, Mass.
• Ryan Arena '18, Mark Webber '18 and senior Eric Jaun each had two hits and drove in a run to pace the Beavers' 14-hit attack. Junior Chad Shade went 2-for-4 with a double for Springfield.

LAST SPRINGFIELD WIN
• Kyle DiFranco and Sean Smith each drove in a run, and Eric Chase and two relievers combined on a seven-hit shutout as the Pride topped the Beavers, 3-0, in the second game of a doubleheader on April 6, 2013, in Babson Park.
• Brendan Collins '14 had two hits and Brian Swanton '13 took the loss, allowing one earned run and eight hits over five innings.

SCOUTING THE PRIDE
• Springfield (13-10, 5-4 NEWMAC) has won six of its last eight games after defeating Coast Guard, 14-7, in the finale of a three-game series on Saturday.
• Senior Brandon Drabinski doubled, homered and drove in four runs, while graduate student Mark Joao and sophomore Eduardo Martinez drove in two runs apiece for the Pride.
• Joao is batting .431 with four doubles, four home runs and 15 runs batted in, sophomore Jack Cooney is hitting .382 with four doubles and 14 RBI, and senior Brandon Russo checks in at .300 with five doubles, six triples and 20 runs scored.
• Junior Zach Kerr (0-0) boasts a 1.38 ERA in 13.0 innings of relief, sophomore Dakota Aldrich (1-1) has a 1.80 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 15 innings, and classmate John Daley leads the staff with two saves.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 14/14 Babson (17-4) has dropped two straight after falling to Wheaton, 4-2, in the finale of a three-game series on Saturday.
• Senior Edward Lehr had three hits, while Jaun and junior Sean Harrington both drove in a run for the Beavers, who stranded eight runners in the loss.
• First-year Thomas Lapham is batting .370 with three doubles and 14 runs scored, Oliger is hitting .356 with seven doubles, four homers and 24 runs batted in, and Lehr enters the week with a .333 average to go along with six doubles and 16 RBI.
• Genaro (3-1) boasts a 1.42 ERA in 38.0 innings and junior William Gallagher is 1-0 with 15 strikeouts in 12 innings for a pitching staff that owns a 3.48 ERA on the year.

FILLING IN NICELY
• Lapham has started the Beavers' last six games at second base and is batting .375 (9-for-24) with three multi-hit games, four runs scored and an RBI during this stretch.
• He also has made just two errors in 38 chances and has helped the Green and White turn six double plays.

ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END
• Prior to Saturday's sweep at the hands of No. 25/23 Wheaton, the Beavers put together a program-record 16-game winning streak from March 15-April 5.
• Junior Jake Oliger, who homered in the second inning of Saturday's opening game to extend his hitting streak to 22, saw it come to an end with an 0-for-4 performance in game two against the Lyons. His streak is now the second longest in school history.

PRIDE IN PERFORMANCE
• Genaro, who tied the program record with his 21st career win on Friday at Wheaton, has made three starts against Springfield going 3-0 with a 3.27 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 22.0 innings.
• Senior Brian McHale is 11-for-26 (.423) in six career games against the Pride to go along with five doubles, six RBI and seven runs scored.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• After hitting five home runs over their first 16 games, the Beavers have already gone deep five times in five contests in the month of April.

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