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Baseball Jumps into Top Five in Final National Polls

Baseball Jumps into Top Five in Final National Polls

Beavers Ranked Third by, Finish at No. 4 in Collegiate Baseball/ABCA Poll

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Following a historic season that ended at the Division III College World Series, the Babson College baseball program ascended into the top five in a pair of national polls for the first time in program history over the weekend.

The Beavers, who had been as high as sixth in both polls during the season, finished with 539 points to come in at No. 3 in the final rankings, and earned 430 points and were fourth in the Collegiate Baseball/ABCA poll. Babson had previously risen to No. 2 in the Perfect Game Division III rankings back on May 22.

Chapman (44-12), which swept Birmingham Southern (42-15) was a unanimous number one in both polls, while the Panthers were ranked second by both organizations. UMass Boston was third in the Collegiate Baseball/ABCA poll just two points ahead of the Green and White.

Babson (39-10) defeated Trinity in the final of the Hartford Regional and won a pair of one-run games against Cortland in the Super Regionals to advance to the College World Series for the first time in school history after reaching the championship round of eight-team regionals in 2017 and 2018. Following a 10-inning loss to Johns Hopkins in their College World Series debut, the Beavers pulled off an improbable comeback rallying from four runs down in the bottom of the ninth to defeat Heidelberg, 6-5, in an elimination game on June 1. The season came to an end a day later though, as the Blue Jays edged the Green and White by a single run for the second time in three days.

Under the direction of 17th-year head coach Matt Noone, who won his 400th career game in Babson's regular season finale on April 30, the Green and White set single-season offensive records for runs, hits, walks and sacrifice flies. The Beavers' pitching staff recorded a school-record 369 strikeouts and finished the year with the lowest team ERA (3.32) since 2011.

The Green and White finished the season with an 8-5 record against teams that appeared in the final and Collegiate Baseball/ABCA polls.