Series Preview: No. 10/10 Baseball vs. Emerson

Series Preview: No. 10/10 Baseball vs. Emerson

No. 10/10 Baseball vs. Emerson
Friday, April 19 | Pete Frates Diamond | Danvers, Mass. | 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 20 | Govoni Field | Babson Park, Mass. | 12/3 p.m.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Emerson will meet for a three-game series beginning on Friday afternoon at St. John's Prep in Danvers, Mass. The Beavers are 16-0 all-time against the Lions and allowed just five runs on the way to sweeping last year's three-game set.

LAST MEETING
• Junior Matthew Valente doubled and drove in three runs, while senior Brian McHale went 4-for-6 with two doubles, two RBI and three runs scored to help Babson finish off a three-game sweep of Emerson with a 15-4 victory on April 21, 2018, in Brockton, Mass.
• Juniors Jake Oliger and Sean Harrington both had two hits and two RBI as part of the Beavers' 16-hit attack. Neil Perry and Nolan Megna finished with three hits apiece for the Lions.

SCOUTING THE LIONS
• Emerson (7-24, 2-12 NEWMAC) has won two of its last three games and is coming off a 7-4 victory at Curry on Thursday.
• Junior Cam Beattie went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI, and classmate Jack Fox struck out nine in a complete-game four hitter for the Lions.
• Beattie is batting .340 with seven doubles and 13 runs batted in, first-year Louis Davolio is hitting .315 with five doubles, four triples and 22 RBI, and sophomore Ryan McCahan enters the weekend with a .301 average to go along with six extra-base hits and 10 runs driven in.
• Fox is 5-4 with a 3.08 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 61.1 innings to leads an Emerson staff that that has a 7.59 ERA and a 1.84 WHIP on the season.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 10/10 Babson (24-4, 12-2 NEWMAC) rallied to defeat No. 3/4 Southern Maine, 9-8, for its seventh consecutive win on Thursday afternoon.
• Senior Eric Jaun hit a three-run homer and finished with four RBI, while Harrington had three hits and scored twice for the Beavers, who used a four-run sixth to go in front for good.
• Oliger is batting .347 with nine doubles, four homers and 30 runs batted in, senior Edward Lehr is hitting .327 with seven doubles and 27 RBI, and Jaun is up to .307 with 14 extra-base hits and 29 runs driven in.
• Senior Michael Genaro is 4-1 with a 1.15 ERA in six starts, sophomore Henry Leake has recorded 16 strikeouts in 13.0 innings out of the bullpen, and senior Max Tannenbaum is 3-0 with six saves in 15 relief appearances.

CONFERENCE TITLE RACE ENTERS FINAL WEEKEND
• The Green and White enters the weekend a game behind Wheaton in the standings in its quest to claim a third straight NEWMAC regular season title.
• The Lyons, who are set for a three-game series against MIT, hold the head-to-head tiebreaker so the Beavers need to make up one game to grab a share of the league title and two games to earn the top seed in May's NEWMAC Tournament.

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.

ANSWERING THE BELL
• Sophomore Tyler Bell made his first career start on Sunday and combined with a pair of relievers to toss a three-hitter in the Beavers' 15-0 win at MIT.
• He struck out five in six innings of work to earn his first career win, and has allowed no runs on eight hits in 11.0 innings of work dating back to March 25.

BEAVER BITES
• Jaun leads the Green and White with 12 multi-hit games and is tied for fifth in the NEWMAC in extra-base hits.
• Valente has a hit in six consecutive games, has reached base safely in 19 straight contests, and has team highs of 10 hits and 12 runs scored during Babson's seven-game winning streak.
• Tannenbaum leads the conference in saves, while sophomore Jordy Allard (9.00) and junior Michael Nocchi (8.35) both rank in the top 10 in the league in strikeouts per nine innings.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 22-0 this season when leading after six innings.