NEWMAC Tournament Preview: No. 7/7 Baseball Hits the Road in Search of Third Straight Title

NEWMAC Tournament Preview: No. 7/7 Baseball Hits the Road in Search of Third Straight Title

NEWMAC Baseball Tournament
Friday, May 3 | NEBC | Northborough, Mass.
Saturday, May 4-Sunday, May 5 | Sidell Stadium | Norton, Mass.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Thursday, May 2
Game 1: No. 4 MIT 7, No. 5 Springfield 6 (12 inn. | Springfield eliminated)

Friday, May 3
Game 2: No. 4 MIT 10, No. 1 Wheaton 8
Game 3: No. 2 WPI 5, No. 3 Babson 1

Saturday, May 4
Game 4: No. 3 Babson 16, No. 1 Wheaton 7 (Wheaton eliminated)
Game 5: No. 4 MIT 10, No. 2 WPI 0

Monday, May 6
Game 6: No. Babson 7, No. 2 WPI 0 (WPI eliminated)

Tuesday, May 7
Game 7: No. 4 MIT at No. 3 Babson , 3 p.m.

Sunday, May 5
Game 8: if necessary game, TBA

BABSON VERSUS THE FIELD
vs. WPI
• The Beavers swept a pair of regular season meetings for the second year in a row and is 50-24 all-time against WPI.
• Babson and the Engineers have split their six previous NEWMAC Tournament meetings, and Friday's contest will be the first since 2014 between the programs.

vs. Wheaton
• Babson won the series opener but was swept in a doubleheader at Govoni Field on April 6 as the Lyons swept their nine-game losing streak in the series. The Beavers are 28-44 in the all-time series.
• The Green and White is 9-10 in the conference playoffs against Wheaton with nine of the games having been played since 2014.

vs. MIT
• The Beavers outscored MIT 34-3 on the way to sweep a three-game series on April 12-14, and are now 54-37-1 all-time against the Engineers.
• Babson is 11-7 against MIT in the NEWMAC Tournament and has won five of six meetings between the programs over the last three postseasons.

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
• Fourth-seeded MIT (19-16-1) got a three-run homer from junior Matt Johnston in the bottom of the ninth and an RBI single from sophomore Ethan Rolland in the 12th to edge fifth-seeded Springfield, 7-6, in Thursday's quarterfinal contest.
• Johnston is batting .340 with eight home runs and 49 runs batted in, senior Jared Schwait is hitting .333 with 14 extra-base hits, 21 RBI and 39 runs scored, and sophomore Andrew Krause enters the weekend with a .316 average
• Senior Patrick Callahan, who started Thursday, is 4-1 with a 2.52 ERA on the year, while sophomore Casey Bussone is 3-3 with one save, a 3.25 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 61.0 innings pitched.

SCOUTING THE LYONS
• Top-seeded and No. 15/15 Wheaton (27-8) clinched the top seed with a 6-0 win over MIT in its regular season league finale last Saturday.
• First-year Jacob Studley is batting .432 with eight doubles, four homers and 17 runs batted in, junior Nick Raposo is hitting .388 with 11 extra-base hits, 35 RBI and 43 runs scored, and senior Jared Sharkey has a .333 average to go along with nine doubles, 11 home runs and 46 runs driven in.
• Sophomore John Mikosz is 5-0 with a 1.38 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 45.2 innings, while first-year Griffin Young (5-1) boasts a 1.69 ERA and has recorded 51 strikeouts in 48.0 innings of work this spring.

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
• Second-seeded WPI (22-14) clinched its fourth NEWMAC West Division title in five years with a 2-1 18-inning victory over Springfield last Saturday.
• Junior Tyrone Patterson is batting .406 with 18 extra-base hits and 27 runs batted in, senior Steven Gallagher is hitting .371 with 13 doubles, three home runs and 33 RBI, and junior David Larson enters the weekend with a .370 average to go along with 19 doubles, 11 homers and 38 runs driven in.
• Larson is 5-1 with a 2.58 ERA and 57 strikeouts over 59.1 innings, while senior Dominic Fusco has gone 3-1 with four saves and 26 strikeouts in 21.0 innings of work out of the bullpen.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Third-seeded and No. 7/7 Babson(30-5) clinched a share of its third straight league title with a doubleheader sweep of Emerson at home last Saturday.
• Senior Connor Gill is batting .342 with four doubles and 28 runs scored, junior Jake Oliger is hitting .341 with 11 doubles, six homers and 44 RBI, and senior Edward Lehr enters the weekend with a .338 average to go along with 10 doubles, two home runs and 34 runs driven in.
• Senior Michael Genaro (6-1) has won six straight decisions and boasts a 1.03 ERA in 61.0 innings, while sophomore Jordy Allard has gone 6-0 with a 2.68 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 37.0 innings on the year.

IN SEARCH OF A THREE-PEAT
• Babson, which has gone 7-0 on the way to winning two straight NEWMAC Tournament championships, is looking to become the first team since Wheaton from 2011-13 to capture three straight conference titles.

NOONE COLLECTS 400TH WIN
• Beavers' head coach Matt Noone picked up his 400th career victory on Tuesday as his squad defeated Suffolk, 13-4. After collecting his 300th win in April 2016, Noone needed just 135 games to reach the 400-victory mark.

MOVING UP THE CHARTS
• Senior Eric Jaun ranks second in program history in doubles (41) and at-bats (597), and is also third in career games played (155).
• Classmate Brian McHale's 185 hits currently have him in sixth place just 16 away from the program's all-time hits leader, Jack Halpin '17.

BACK WITH A VENGANCE
• Gill, the reigning NEWMAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player, has three multi-hit games and has scored 10 runs in six games since returning to the lineup on April 24 after missing the previous 14 contests due to injury.

CALL TO THE PEN
• The Beavers three-headed monster of senior Max Tannenbaum, junior William Gallagher and sophomore Henry Leake have been superb closing out games this spring.
• Tannenbaum is 3-1 with six saves in 18 appearances, Gallagher is 1-0 with 27 strikeouts in 20.2 innings, and Leake (0-0, 1.69 ERA) has allowed no runs on two hits while striking out 17 over his last 11.0 innings of work.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 7-0 this season in one-run games and 9-2 in games decided by two runs or less.