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NCAA Tournament Super Regional Preview: No. 7/9 Baseball vs. No. 19/20 Cortland

NCAA Tournament Super Regional Preview: No. 7/9 Baseball vs. No. 19/20 Cortland

NCAA Tournament
Babson Park Super Regional
No. 7/9 Babson vs. No. 19/20 Cortland
Friday-Saturday, May 24-25
Govoni Field | Babson Park, Mass.

BABSON GAME NOTES | CORTLAND GAME NOTES

NCAA TOURNAMENT SUPER REGIONAL BRACKET

LEADING OFF
• Babson will host NCAA Tournament action at Govoni Field for the first time in school history after being selected as one of eight super regional hosts.
• The winner of this weekend's best-of-three series between the Beavers and Cortland will punch its ticket to next weekend's Division III College World Series in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Babson Park Super Regional Schedule
Game 1 – Friday, 12 p.m.
Game 2 – Saturday, 11 a.m.
Game 3 – Saturday, if necessary

THE SERIES
• Babson and Cortland will meet for the first time in more than three decades this weekend at Govoni Field. The Red Dragons won two of three games against the Beavers, all of which were played in Florida, during the 1986 campaign.

CORTLAND IN THE POSTSEASON
• One of the most successful Division III programs of all-time, Cortland is making its 27th straight NCAA Tournament appearance and 28th overall.
• The Red Dragons have made 14 trips to the College World Series since 1995, which includes five trips over the last decade.
• Cortland captured the program's first national title in 2015 and was the Division III runner-up in 2005 and 2010.

BABSON IN THE POSTSEASON
• Babson is in the NCAA Tournament for the third year in a row and fifth time in program history.
• The Green and White joins fellow super regional hosts UMass Boston and Concordia-Chicago as the only Division III programs to be among the final 16 teams standing in each of the last three seasons.
• The Beavers advanced to the championship round of eight-team regionals in both 2017 and 2018, and were one win away from the College World Series before dropping a pair of games to Misericordia last spring.
• Ten of Babson's 11 NCAA Tournament wins have come over the last three seasons.

SCOUTING THE RED DRAGONS
• No. 19/20 Cortland (34-11-1), which has won 27 of its last 30 games, went 3-0 as a regional host and advanced to the super regionals with an 18-5 win over Tufts in Sunday's final.
• The Red Dragons rank 10th in Division III in both hits and doubles, and their pitching staff ranks fourth nationally allowing just 7.20 hits per game.
• Senior Dan Schweitzer is batting .392 with 11 doubles, four homers and 27 runs batted in, junior Colin BeVard is hitting .360 with 16 doubles, five triples, seven homers and 49 RBI, and classmate Scott Giordano enters the weekend with a .337 average to go along with 30 extra-base hits and 44 runs driven in.
• Senior Matt Valin is 9-0 with a 1.86 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 63.0 innings, junior Zack Durant has gone 7-3 with a 2.97 ERA in 12 starts, and senior Chris Puzakulics is 1-0 with three saves and a 1.85 ERA in 19 appearances.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 7/9 Babson (36-8) advanced to the super regionals by rallying for a 10-3 win over Trinity in the winner-take-all final of the Hartford Regional on Sunday evening.
• The Beavers' defense ranks ninth in Division III with 42 double plays, while their pitching staff is currently seventh in WHIP (1.20) and 13th in ERA (3.24).
• Junior Jake Oliger is batting .342 with 11 doubles, eight homers and a school-record 52 runs batted in, senior Connor Gill is hitting .331 with five doubles, 13 RBI and 34 runs scored, and junior Sean Harrington has raised his average to .329 with seven doubles, two home runs and 35 runs driven in.
• Senior Michael Genaro is 7-3 with a 1.79 ERA and a team-high 64 strikeouts in 80.1 innings, sophomore Tyler Bell is 4-0 with a 1.62 ERA in 39.0 innings, and senior Max Tannenbaum has gone 4-1 with six saves in 22 appearances out of the bullpen.

PROVIDING THE POWER
• Senior Nicholas Browne batted .467 (7-for-15) with two home runs, four doubles, four RBI and five runs scored in four games at last weekend's Hartford Regional.
• His 11 homers are tied for the second most in single-season program history and ranks him 27th among Division III players.
• Additionally, he is now tied with seniors Eric Jaun and Edward Lehr for the team lead with 12 doubles on the year.

ONE TOUGH OUT
• Harrington went 6-for-12 (.500) at the plate and reached base safely in 12 of his 18 plate appearances in four regional games in Hartford.
• He has reached base safely in 26 consecutive games entering Friday's opener against Cortland and leads the Beavers in both on-base percentage (.488) and walks (35).
• In 14 career NCAA Tournament games Harrington is batting .277 with five extra-base hits to go along with 20 walks.

GENARO ADDS TO RECORD-SETTING CAREER
• The senior southpaw gave up just one run on five hits to pick up his seventh win of the season and the 25th of his career as the Green and White defeated Trinity, 4-1, on Saturday.
• Already the all-time leader in wins, Genaro set both the single-season (80.1) and program (260.2) records for innings pitched in his last outing. His 183 strikeouts are also just 11 away from the all-time Babson record of 194 set by Jason Kosow '04.
• Entering the super regional Genaro ranks third in walks allowed per nine innings (0.67), fourth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (10.67) and 31st in ERA (1.79).

CLIMBING THE CHARTS
• With his second two-hit game of the regional in Sunday's winner-take-all final, senior Brian McHale is tied with Kevin Higa '03 for third place on Babson's all-time hits list, just three knocks away from Jack Halpin's '17 record of 201.
• In addition to his pursuit of the hits record, McHale ranks third in program history in at-bats (606), fourth in runs scored (131), and is fifth in both doubles (39) and total bases (270).

MEN OF MAY
• Gill, who is the only Babson player to produce two four-hit games in the NCAA Tournament, is hitting .431 with five doubles, 11 runs scored, and 13 RBI in 12 regional games over the last three seasons.
• McHale is batting .362 with five extra-base hits, 13 runs scored and 13 runs batted in out of the leadoff spot, while Jaun is a career .295 hitter in the NCAA Tournament with a home run and 10 RBI.

LITTLE IN COMMON
• The only common opponent shared by Babson and Cortland is Trinity (Texas), which went 1-2 at the Seguin (Texas) Regional despite being ranked in the top 10 in both the D3baseball.com and ABCA/Collegiate Baseball polls throughout the year.
• The Beavers went 1-2 against the Tigers in early March, while the Red Dragons dropped a pair of games in San Antonio to open their season on February 9-10.

READY FOR THE MOMENT
• Bell and fellow sophomore Jordy Allard both produced strong performances on the way to winning their NCAA Tournament debuts at the Hartford Regional.
• Bell, who extended his scoreless innings streak to 34.0 before giving up two runs in the sixth inning of Friday's opener against Keystone, worked into the seventh scattering eight hits and striking out three to win his fourth consecutive start.
• Allard, who improved to 8-0, gave up two earned runs on nine hits over 6.0 innings while striking out three and walking none in Sunday's winner-take-all final against Trinity.

ANSWERING THE CALL
• As it has been all season the Babson relief trio of senior Max Tannenbaum, junior William Gallagher and sophomore Henry Leake was superb in last weekend's regional.
• Gallagher did not allow a hit in 3.0 innings and fanned six of the nine batters he faced, Tannenbaum closed out a pair of victories allowing just one hit, and Leake bounced back after giving up a run against Keystone on Friday to work a perfect eighth inning in Sunday's win over Trinity.
• Tannenbaum, who is second in program history with 71 appearances, leads the relief corps in wins and saves, while both Gallagher and Leake have eight holds on the year.

DOUBLE 'EM UP
• After turning 31 double plays over their first 40 games, the Beavers recorded 11 twin killings in four games last weekend in the regional.
• The Green and White's 42 double plays this spring are just three behind the team record of 45 set back in 2008.

BEAVER BITES
• Oliger's 52 RBI are the most by any Babson player in a single season.
• The top eight hitters in the Beavers' lineup have all recorded at least 10 multi-hit games. McHale tops the list with at least two hits in 19 contests, while sophomore Matthew Valente has multiple knocks in 16 outings.
• Oliger has been on base in 23 consecutive games, and leads the Green and White with 12 multi-RBI games.
• Babson's senior class of Browne, Genaro, Gill, Jaun, Lehr, McHale, Tannenbaum and Nicolas Parente has led the program to 100 wins over the last three seasons and 124 during their careers.
• The Beavers are 7-0 this season and 14-3 over the last two years in games decided by a single run.

COMING THROUGH IN THE CLUTH
• The Green and White scored 11 two-out runs in four regional games last weekend, which includes all but one run in Sunday's 10-3 win over Trinity
• Oliger leads all Babson players with 22 two-out RBI, while Lehr (14), Jaun (12), McHale (10) and Valente (10) have driven in 10 or more runs.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 37-5 at Govoni Field dating back to April 22, 2017.

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