Harwich Regional Preview - Game #7: Baseball vs. No. 19/17 UMass Boston

Harwich Regional Preview - Game #7: Baseball vs. No. 19/17 UMass Boston

Baseball vs. UMass Boston
Friday, May 19—4:30 p.m.
Whitehouse Field—Harwich, Mass.

THE SERIES
Babson and UMass Boston will meet for the 34th time on Friday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1982. The Beavers are 23-10 all-time against the Beacons.

LAST MEETING
Sophomore Kyle Boudrias went 3-for-5 with two RBI and Charlie Huegi tripled twice and drove in a pair of runs as UMass Boston defeated the Beavers, 12-7, on April 13 in Babson Park. Senior Jack Halpin had two hits and scored twice, while sophomore Eric Jaun drove in three runs for Babson, which led 5-1 after five innings. The teams used 13 pitchers and combined to make eight errors in the game.

ABOUT THE HARWICH REGIONAL
The eight-team double-elimination regional features four nationally-ranked squads and two others that are coming off NCAA Tournament appearances in 2016. No. 19/17 UMass Boston (2010) and No. 18/22 St. John Fisher (2016) have both reached the College World Series in the last seven years, while No. 22/20 Salve Regina and No. RV/25 Arcadia are in the midst of historic campaigns. Penn State-Berks won its regional opener in 2015 and 2016, and Suffolk and Worcester State are each making their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance.

FRIDAY'S SCHEDULE
Game 5: Salve Regina vs. Penn State-Berks, 9:30 a.m.
Game 6: St. John Fisher vs. Worcester State, 1 p.m.
Game 7: Babson vs. UMass Boston, 4:30 p.m.
Game 8: Suffolk vs. Arcadia, 8 p.m.

BABSON IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Beavers are making their third regional appearance and first since 2009 after capturing the program's third NEWMAC Tournament title. Babson is 2-4 in NCAA Tournament history with its lone win prior to Thursday coming against Eastern Connecticut State in the opening game of the 2009 New England Regional.

UMASS BOSTON IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Beacons, who reached the College World Series in 2010, are making their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and third overall. UMass Boston is 7-4 all-time in national tournament contests and has opened with two straight wins in each of its previous regional appearances.

SCOUTING THE BEACONS
UMass Boston (34-10) has won 16 of its last 17 games after edging eighth-seeded Penn State-Berks 9-8 in 10 innings on Thursday. Boudrias had a three-run double as part of a seven-run fifth inning and classmate Nick Herzog reached base four times and drove in the game-winning run for the Beacons, who trailed by four and led by three in the contest. Boudrias is batting .405 with 17 doubles and 35 runs batted in, junior Chris Fowler is hitting .385 with 11 doubles, six homers, 34 runs scored and 46 RBI, and senior Dan Mantoni has a .319 average to go along with 22 extra-base hits, 38 runs scored and 39 RBI. Junior Bryan Kauffman is 3-0 with two saves and a 1.11 ERA in 19 appearances, while senior Matt Tulley has gone 7-2 with a 2.73 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 52.2 innings this spring.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (26-13) won its school-record 13th straight game with a 14-3 victory over No. 22/20 Salve Regina on Thursday. Jaun, senior Jake Weiss and sophomore Brian McHale combined for 10 hits and nine RBI for the Beavers, who pounded out 18 hits and broke the game open with a six-run sixth inning. McHale is batting .388 with 14 extra-base hits, 30 runs scored and 25 runs batted in, Halpin is hitting .347 with 11 extra-base hits, 31 runs scored and a career-high 37 RBI, and junior Ryan Arena checks in at .341 with 12 doubles, 12 home runs and 31 RBI. Senior Ken Rotunno is 2-1 with a 1.59 ERA in 18 relief appearances, while sophomore Michael Genaro has gone 6-1 with a 2.88 ERA and three complete games in eight starts on the year.

HOT AS IT GETS
The Beavers' 13-game winning streak is the longest in program history and is currently the second longest streak in Division III behind No. 2/4 Johns Hopkins (19 games) after No. 24/28 RIT had its 13-game streak snapped on Thursday.

MAKING THEIR MARK
McHale matched Bryan Evans '09 as the only Babson players to finish with four hits in an NCAA Tournament game, while Weiss and sophomore Connor Gill became the first Beavers to score three times in the national tournament.

STRONG AT THE BACK
Junior Matt Cuneo owns the program's single-season record with nine saves, while Rotunno boasts a 1.59 ERA in 18 relief appearances and has allowed just two earned runs over his last 19.1 innings pitched going back to March 30.

POWER SURGE
Arena's 12 home runs are a single-season school record and are good for sixth in Division III, while junior Mark Webber has gone deep five times over Babson's last six games entering Thursday's regional opener.

DEPTH IN THE ROTATION
The Beavers' rotation of Genaro, juniors Teddy Carey and John Floegel, and sophomore Connor Gill has combined to 19-4 with a 2.73 earned run average over 191.1 innings in 28 starts entering the weekend. The quartet has six complete games while recording 162 strikeouts against just 48 walks.

ASSAULT ON THE RECORD BOOKS
After a two-hit day in Thursday's regional opener, Halpin ranks third in school history in hits (194) and fourth in both runs batted in (122) and total bases (275). He also has started all 137 games in his Babson career, which includes 134 straight at first base without missing a contest going back to April 5, 2014.

RACKING UP THE K'S
Carey, who ranks fourth in school history with 150 strikeouts, set a new single-season by fanning four Seahawks on Thursday. His 79 strikeouts this spring are two more than Jason Kosow's '04 previous mark of 77 back in 2004.

STREAKING
Arena has a hit in 12 straight games and has reached base in each of the last 29 contests, while Webber enters the NCAA Tournament riding a 13-game hitting streak.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers are 22-1 this season when finishing with more hits their opponents.

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