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College World Series Preview: No. 7/9 Baseball vs. Heidelberg

College World Series Preview: No. 7/9 Baseball vs. Heidelberg

NCAA Division III College World Series
No. 7/9 Baseball vs. Heidelberg
Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium | Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Friday, May 31 | 5:30 p.m. ET

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LEADING OFF
• No. 7/9 Babson joins No. 22/21 Johns Hopkins, No. 15/17 Birmingham Southern and Heidelberg in one of two four-team brackets at the College World Series. The winner of Pool B will advance to face the Bracket A winner, a pod that includes No. 6/6 Chapman, No. 18/18 Webster, No. 23/22 UMass Boston and Washington & Jefferson, in a best-of-three series to decide the 2019 national champion. 

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES STORYLINES
• After 19 seasons of being held in Appleton, Wis., the College World Series will be played in Cedar Rapids for the first time.
• Of the eight-team field, only Babson and Birmingham Southern will be making their first College World Series appearances.
• The Beavers are just the second team from the NEWMAC to reach the CWS. Fellow league member Wheaton has been three times, most recently in 2017.
• With UMass Boston outlasting New England College in the only super regional series to go three games, Babson and the Beacons give New England two CWS representatives for the second time in the last three seasons.

HOW WE GOT HERE
• Despite a 10th-inning home run from senior Nicholas Browne, No. 7/9 Babson suffered a 7-6 loss to No. 22/21 Johns Hopkins in its College World Series debut.
• Heidelberg was limited to just four hits and lost 6-1 to Birmingham Southern late Friday night.

POOL B SCHEDULE
Friday, May 31
Game 3: No. 22/21 Johns Hopkins 7, No. 7/9 Babson 6 (10 innings)
Game 4: No. 15/17 Birmingham Southern 6, Heidelberg 1

Saturday, June 1
Game 7: No. 7/9 Babson vs. Heidelberg, 5:30 p.m. ET
Game 8: No. 22/21 Johns Hopkins vs. No. 15/17 Birmingham Southern, 8:45 p.m. ET

Sunday, June 2
Game 10: Winner Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8, 2:15 p.m. ET
Game 11: Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 10, 8:45 p.m. ET

Monday, June 3
Game 14: if necessary, 1 or 4:30 p.m. ET

SERIES HISTORY
vs. Johns Hopkins: The Beavers defeated the Blue Jays, 14-7, in the only meeting between the programs back in 1997.
vs. Birmingham Southern: No previous meetings.
vs. Heidelberg: Babson suffered a 12-3 loss in its only meeting against the Student Princes in March 2018.

SCOUTING THE STUDENT PRINCES
Adrian Regional: def. No. 9/13 Adrian, 4-3; def. No. 13/8 Denison, 2-1; def. No. 9/13 Adrian, 9-6
Tiffin (Ohio) Super Regional: def. No. 20/27 Wooster 8-5 and 14-1
• Heidelberg (35-14), which is making its eighth NCAA Tournament appearance, is back in the CWS for the first time since 2010 and second time in program history.
• The Student Princes lead Division III in hits, rank second nationally in double plays (52), and are scoring more than eight runs a game.
• Senior Kane Bateman is hitting .400 with 15 doubles, 35 runs batted in and 57 runs scored, senior All-American Matt Psychas is hitting .365 with 18 doubles, six triples, eight homers and 54 RBI, and junior Kyle Jenkins enters the CWS with a .349 average to go along with 14 doubles, three home runs and 47 runs driven in.
• Senior Alex Sir Louis is 9-2 with a 3.67 ERA in 83.1 innings, junior Trevor Adkins (8-4, 4.58 ERR) has recorded 73 strikeouts in 78.2 innings, and senior Joey Wenning has 11 saves in 23 relief appearances.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Hartford Regional: def. Keystone, 7-3; def. RV/No. 29 Trinity, 4-1; lost to RV/No. 29 Trinity, 12-3; def. RV/No. 29 Trinity, 10-3
Babson Park Super Regional: def. No. 19/20 Cortland 7-6 and 2-1
• No. 7/9 Babson (38-9), which is in the NCAA Tournament for the the fifth time overall and third year in a row, will make its College World Series debut on Friday.
• The Beavers ranks second in Division III in sacrifce flies (38), sixth in WHIP (1.18) and 12th in ERA (3.23).
• Junior Jake Oliger is batting .333 with 11 doubles, eight home runs and a school-record 53 runs batted in, senior Connor Gill is hitting .333 with five doubles, 14 RBI and 36 runs scoredl and junior Sean Harrington enters the weekend with a .324 average to go along with 10 extra-base hits, 37 walks and 35 runs driven in.
• Senior All-American Michael Genaro is 8-3 with 66 strikeouts in 87.1 innings pitched, sophomore Tyler Bell (4-0, 2.23 ERA) has walked just two batters in 44.1 innings of work, and senior Max Tannenbaum is 5-1 with seven saves and a 3.96 ERA in 24 relief appearances.

COMFORTABLE WHEN IT'S CLOSE
• Prior to Friday's loss, the Beavers had won 12 consecutive one-run games going back to April 2018. The Green and White are 9-1 on the year in games decided by a single run, which includes two straight victories over Cortland in the Super Regionals. 

RAISING HIS GAME
• Junior Matthew Valente is batting .364 (8-for-22) with three multi-hit games and a team-high six RBI in the NCAA Tournament.
• He came up big against Cortland in the Super Regionals smacking a three-run double in the first inning of game one, which was followed by a 3-for-4 effort that saw him score the go-ahead run in game two.
• Valente leads the Green and White in runs scored (46) and is second with 17 multi-hit games, seven of which have come in his last 15 starts.

THE NEW HIT KING
• After becoming just the second player in school histroy to reach 200 hits against Cortland in the NCAA Super Regionals, senior Brian McHale passed Jack Halpin '17 as the program's all-time leader with his 202nd career hit on Friday night. 
• He also is now the only player in Babson history to record at least 60 hits in three different seasons. 

PROVIDING THE POWER
• Browne has hit safely in all seven NCAA Tournament contests after homering to give the Green and White the lead in the top of the 10th inning on Friday night against Johns Hopkins. Overall, he is 11-for-29 (.379) at the dish with four doubles and three home runs in hte postseason.
• Browne's 12 home runs this year are now just behind Ryan Arena's '18 single-season record of 13 set last year. 

MEN OF MAY
• Gill, who drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth in Friday's game one win over Cortland, is batting .424 with five doubles, 14 RBI and 13 runs scored in 14 career NCAA Tournament games entering the College World Series.
• McHale is hitting .351 with two doubles, three triples, 14 RBI and 14 runs scored in 17 career NCAA starts, while fellow senior Eric Jaun has driven in 11 runs in 17 outings and owns the Beavers' only five-hit game in Division III Championship history.

ONE TOUGH OUT
• Harrington is 7-for-17 (.412) at the plate and has reached base safely in 16 of 26 plate appearances for a .615 on-base percentage in this year's NCAA Tournament.
• He has reached base safely in 28 consecutive outings and leads the Green and White in both walks (38) and OBP (.490) on the year.
• In 16 career NCAA Tournament starts Harrington has walked 23 times.

GENARO ADDS TO LEGACY
• Alredy the program's all-time leader in wins (26) and innings pitched (267.2), and single-season leader in victories (9) and innings (87.1), Genaro improved to 3-1 in four NCAA Tournament starts with Saturday's one-run, seven-inning effort against Cortland on Saturday.
• He has pitched 31.1 innings over his four NCAA starts, which are the most in school history, and boasts a 2.59 ERA.

RECORD-SETTING SENIORS
• Babson's senior class of Browne, Genaro, Gill, Jaun, McHale, Max Tannenbaum, Edward Lehr and Nicolas Parente has helped the program win 102 games over the last three seasons and 126 contests overall since 2016.
• The group won a pair of NEWMAC Tournament crowns, captured at least a share of three straight conference regular season titles, and has now led the Beavers to their first College World Series appearance.

GENARO, OLIGER ADD TO AWARDS HAUL
• Genaro joined Dave Ahern '11 and Ryan Arena '18 as just the third All-American in Babson history when he was named to D3baseball.com's third team on Tuesday.
• In addition to his All-America award, both Genaro and Oliger received D3baseball.com and ABCA All-New England honors.

EXPERIENCED BEYOND THEIR YEARS
• Bell and fellow sophomore Jordy Allard have combined to go 3-0 in postseason elimination games (including the NEWMAC Tournament) and enter the CWS a perfect 12-0 on the year.
• Bell (4-0, 2.23 ERA) has not allowed a run over the first 5.0 innings of his first two NCAA Tournament starts, and retired 14 straight batters to open Friday's game against Cortland, while Allard (8-0, 3.75) allowed two earned runs in 6.0 innings to help the Beavers defeat Trinity in the winner-take-all game at the Hartford Regional back on May 19.

HAVING A RECORD YEAR
• The Beavers have set new single-season offensive records in both sacrafice flies (38) and walks (224), while the pitching staff's 355 strikeouts are also the most in program history. Babson's 1236 putouts and 490 assists are also the highest single-season totals in school annals.

BEAVER BITES
• Jaun enters the CWS ranked first on Babson's career list in games played (166) and at-bats (638).
• The top eight hitters in the Beavers' lineup have recorded at least 10 multi-hit games, a list that is topped by McHale with 19.
• Oliger leads the Green and White with 12 multi-RBI games, while Jaun (11), Lehr (10) and Browne (10) have all driven in two or more runs at least 10 times.
• Babson hitters drew 13 walks in two games against Cortland and has walked 30 times in its first six NCAA games. On the flip side, the Beavers' pitching staff walked just one Red Dragon batter and has issued just five free passes in 54.0 innings during the NCAA Tournament.
• The Green and White is 29-0 on the year when scoring at least six runs.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 6-1 on neutral fields and have gone 21-5 away from home on the year.

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