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NCAA Tournament Hartford Regional Game 4 Preview: No. 7/9 Baseball at Trinity

NCAA Tournament Hartford Regional Game 4 Preview: No. 7/9 Baseball at Trinity

NCAA Tournament Regional
Hartford Regional
Friday, May 17-Sunday, May 19
Murren Family Field at DiBenedetto Stadium

BABSON GAME NOTES

NCAA TOURNAMENT REGIONAL BRACKET

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Friday, May 17
Game 1: No. 7/9 Babson 7, Keystone 3
Game 2: Trinity 11, Salve Regina 3

Saturday, May 18
Game 3: Keystone vs. Salve Regina, 11 a.m.
Game 4: No. 7/9 Babson at Trinity, 2:30 p.m.
Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 6 p.m.

Sunday, May 19
Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 2:30 p.m.
Game 7: if necessary, 45 minutes following completion of game 6

THE SERIES 
• The Beavers are 5-11 all-time against the Bantams in a series that dates back to 1992, although the programs have not met since 2013. The game is also the first for Babson against a NESCAC opponent since taking on Bowdoin on March 20, 2018. 

LAST MEETING
• Michael Rueger singled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as Trinity edged Babson, 10-9, in the back end of a doubleheader on March 19, 2013, in Winter Haven, Fla.
• George Crowley '16 and Sean MacPhee '15 both had two hits and two RBI for the Beavers, who broke a 4-4 tie with five runs in the top of the seventh before the Bantams rallied with six runs in the bottom of the frame.

LAST BABSON WIN
• MacPhee had three hits, including an RBI double as part of a three-run sixth inning that helped the Beavers rally for a 4-2 victory over the Bantams in the opener of a twin bill on March 19, 2013, in Winter Haven.

SCOUTING THE BANTAMS
• Trinity (28-7), which is making its 12th Division III Championship appearance, downed Salve Regina 11-3 for its first NCAA Tournament victory since the 2008 national title game on Friday.
• Senior Johnny Stamatis hit a three-run homer in the first and junior Andrew DeRoche gave up just one run over six innings for the Bantams, who broke the game open with a six-run sixth.
• Junior Matt Koperniak is batting .380 with 11 doubles, three triples, four homers and 26 runs batted in, classmate Alex Rodriguez is hitting .312 with 10 doubles, two home runs and 31 RBI, and Stamatis enters the regional with a .298 average to go along with 12 extra-base hits, 40 runs scored and 29 runs driven in.
• First-year Cameron Crowley is 8-0 with a 2.29 ERA in 51.1 innings and senior Erik Mohl is 4-0 with three saves in 22 relief appearances for a Trinity pitching staff that ranks 33rd in Division III in hits allowed per nine innings (8.34)

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 7/9 Babson (34-7) won its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament opener defeating Keystone, 7-3, on Friday.
• Senior Nicholas Browne hit a three-run homer, junior Jake Oliger added a solo shot and sophomore Tyler Bell improved to 4-0 allowing just one earned run over 6.0 innings for the Beavers.
• Oliger is batting .352 with 11 doubles, seven homers and 49 runs batted in, senior Connor Gill is hitting .330 with five doubles and 32 runs scored, and junior Sean Harrington enters the regional with a .313 average to go along with six doubles, two home runs and 34 RBI.
• Senior Michael Genaro (6-3) has 57 strikeouts and a 1.87 ERA in 72.1 innings, sophomore Jordy Allard (7-0, 3.86 ERA) is the first pitcher in program history to win his first seven decisions, and classmate Max Tannenbaum is 4-1 with six saves in 20 relief appearances.

RING THE BELL
• Bell, who entered Friday's start riding a streak of 29.0 straight scoreless innings, kept Keystone off the board for five frames before allowing two runs in the top of the sixth.
• Prior to Friday he had not given up a run since March 17, when he surrendered in an inning of work against Vassar.

WHAT CAN BROWNE DO FOR YOU
• With his three-run blast in the bottom of the fifth on Friday Browne now has a career-high 10 dingers this spring, and joins Ryan Arena '18 as the only other player in school history to record double-digit homers in a single season.

TURNING TWO
• The Beavers recorded a season-high four double plays in Friday's win over Keystone, which included an inning-ending outfield assist from senior Eric Jaun in the sixth.

TOURNAMENT TESTED
• Babson is making its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance after falling to UMass Boston in the final of 2017 Harwich Regional and coming within a game of the College World Series before being defeated twice by Misericordia at last year's York (Pa.) Regional.
• The Beavers have gone 10-5 against teams selected for this year's regionals, which includes wins over No. 3/4 Southern Maine, No. 4/5 Trinity (Texas), No. 23/22 UMass Boston, No. 24/26 Wheaton, North Central (Ill.) and MIT.

SUCCESS STARTS AT THE TOP
• Babson's leadoff hitter in 38 of 40 games this season entering the regional, senior Brian McHale is batting .403 (21-for-52) with two doubles, three triples, 10 RBI and 10 runs scored in 11 NCAA Tournament games.
• Not to be outdone, Gill is hitting .485 (16-for-33) with five doubles, 11 RBI and nine runs scored in nine starts at second base in the regionals.

ASSAULT ON THE RECORD BOOKS
• Oliger's 50 RBI tied the program's single-season record set by Babson Hall of Famer Jon Cignetti '98 in 1997 and matched by another Beaver Hall of Famer Kevin Higa '03 in 2002.
• Jaun, who ranks second in program history with 42 career doubles, became the Beavers' all-time leader in games played when he took the field for the 161st time on Friday.
• McHale, who ranks in the top five in Babson history in at-bats, runs scored and total bases, enters the regional just seven hits away from Jack Halpin's '17 program record of 201.

POWER AND SPEED
• Oliger, who leads the Green and White with 50 RBI and 15 stolen bases is one of just two players in school history along with Pat Cutter '01 to drive in more than 45 runs and swipe at least 10 bags in a season at Babson.
• Cutter finished with 47 runs batted in and 12 steals in 2000.

PITCHING HIS WAY TO THE TOP
• Already the program's all-time leader in wins with 24, Genaro ranks second in Babson history in both innings pitched (252.2) and strikeouts (176).
• In addition to his career marks he is just a 1/3 of an inning and one strikeout shy of his of single-season highs, and enters the weekend ranked fourth in Division III in walks per nine innings (0.75) and fifth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (9.50).

BEAVER BITES
• The Beavers are 33-3 this spring when scoring at least three runs and have gone 27-0 when crossing the plate six or more times.
• Six Babson regulars have recorded at least 10 multi-hit games, led by McHale's 17.
• Harrington has reached base safely in 23 straight contests, while Oliger has been on base in 20 consecutive games.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 19-3 away from home this season, which includes victories in 18 of their last 19 outings.

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