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Game Preview: No. 14/14 Baseball vs. Springfield

Game Preview: No. 14/14 Baseball vs. Springfield

No. 14/14 Baseball vs. Springfield
Tuesday, April 16 | 3:30 p.m.
Govoni Field | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Springfield will meet for the 56th time on Tuesday in a series that dates back to 1996. The Beavers are 33-22 all-time against the Pride and have won 11 straight in the series going back to 2014.

LAST MEETING
• Sophomore Jordy Allard and three relievers combined on a seven-hit shutout as Babson defeated the Pride, 3-0, last Tuesday in Springfield.
• Juniors   and Jake Oliger recorded the only hits of the game for the Beavers, who took advantage of 10 walks. Graduate student Mark Joao was one of three players with two hits 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 (16-12, 7-6 NEWMAC) had its three-game winning streak stopped with an 11-6 loss in the finale of a three-game series against Clark on Saturday.
• Jack Simonetty had two hits and three RBI, while Cam Rivest went 3-for-4 with two RBI for the Pride, which was unable to recover from an early 5-0 deficit.
• Joao is batting .450 with 13 extra-base hits and 19 runs batted in, sophomore Jack Cooney is hitting .350 with five doubles and 14 RBI, and senior Brandon Russo checks in at .270 with five doubles, six triples and 22 runs scored.
• Junior Zach Kerr is 1-0 with a 1.10 ERA in five relief appearances, sophomore John Daley is 1-0 with two saves, and sophomore Dakota Aldrich is 2-1 with 2.76 ERA in four starts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 14/14 Babson (22-4, 11-2 NEWMAC) has won five straight games and wrapped up three-game sweep of MIT with a 15-0 victory on Sunday.
• Sophomores Tyler Bell allowed just three hits over 6.0 innings in his first career start and senior Eric Jaun hit a bases-clearing double as part of a seven-run fourth inning for the Beavers.
• Oliger is batting .348 with nine doubles, four home runs and 28 runs batted in, senior Edward Lehr is hitting .316 with seven doubles, a homer and 25 RBI, and Jaun enters the week with a .298 average to go along with 10 doubles, two triples and 24 runs driven in.
• Senior Michael Genaro is 4-1 with a 1.15 ERA in six starts, Allard (5-0) boasts a 2.08 ERA to go along with 24 strikeouts in 26.0 innings, and senior Max Tannenbaum has gone 2-0 with five saves in 13 relief appearances.

RISING TO THE TOP
• Thanks to his complete-game three-hitter on Friday, Genaro earned the 22nd win of his career to pass Sam Kilpatrick '97 for first place on the program's all-time list.
• Genaro, who has won four straight decisions, is 22-6 with seven complete games and a 2.61 ERA in 227.1 career innings. In addition to being the school's all-time wins leader, he ranks second in innings pitched and is fifth with 148 strikeouts.

TWO AT A TIME
• With a pair of two-baggers in Sunday's win at MIT, Jaun is now tied with Chris Kucher '13 for second in program history with 40 career doubles.
• He has already matched his career high with 10 this season in just 26 games and is nine shy of the program record held by Babson Hall of Famer Teddy Dziuba '06.

PITCHING PROWESS
• Babson ranks seventh in Division III in walks per nine inning (2.27), eighth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.50), 17th in ERA (2.96) and is 20th in the country in in WHIP (1.22).

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 7-1 this season in games decided by two runs or less.

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