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Doubleheader Preview: Baseball at Clark

Doubleheader Preview: Baseball at Clark

Baseball at Clark
Saturday, March 24—12 p.m./3 p.m.
Granger Field—Worcester, Mass.

Babson and Clark will meet in a doubleheader to begin NEWMAC play on Saturday afternoon. The Beavers are 57-19 all-time against the Cougars in a series that dates back to 1983, and the teams have split the season series in each of the last five years.

Junior Connor Gill tossed a six-hit shutout and senior Ryan Arena and junior Brian McHale both homered as the Beavers defeated Clark, 5-0, on April 19, 2017, in Babson Park. Gill struck out seven and senior Mark Webber and sophomore Sean Harrington both drove in a run for Babson. Adam Chochrek finished with three hits for the Cougars.

Owen Shea '17 tied the game with a three-run homer in the sixth inning, but the Cougars responded with five runs over the final two innings to defeat Babson, 8-3, on April 11, 2017, in Worcester. Graduate student Kyle Bonicki went 3-for-5 with a pair of extra-base hits, while classmate Teddy Downing and Chochrek all drove in a pair of runs for the Cougars. Junior Eric Jaun finished with four hits, including a double, and a run scored for Babson.

Clark (6-3, 0-0 NEWMAC) has been off since dropping the back end of a doubleheader to Thomas More, 6-2, back on March 9 in Florida. James Huber and Dylan Horn both drove in a run for the Cougars, who were limited to a season-low four hits in the loss. Bonicki is batting .452 with five extra-base hits and four RBI, Downing is also hitting .452 with a pair of doubles and seven RBI, and junior Zach Kelley checks in at .419 with four doubles, two triples and seven runs batted in. Junior Cal Slepkow is 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA in three starts, while Downing has recorded a pair of saves for a Clark staff that boasts a 3.52 team ERA.

Babson (7-5, 0-0 NEWMAC) snapped a four-game skid with a 7-2 win over Clarkson on Wednesday afternoon in Florida. Arena was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI and junior Edward Lehr had a pair of hits and drove in two runs for the Beavers, who had 16 hits in the win. Arena is batting .375 with four doubles, two homers and 12 RBI, McHale is hitting .348 with six extra-base hits, and Harrington has five extra-base hits and eight RBI to go along with a .521 on-base percentage in 10 starts. Gill is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts and junior Michael Genaro is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA to go along with 10 strikeouts and no walks in 21.0 innings this spring.

Jaun is hitting .529 (9-of-17) with two doubles, a home run and six runs batted in in four career games against Clark.

The Beavers, who won their final six league games to earn a share of the regular season title for the first time since 2011, were picked to finish atop the NEWMAC poll back in February. Babson garnered five of eight first-place votes to finish ahead of second-place Wheaton, which reached the College World Series last year.

Seniors Matt Cuneo and Drew Petillo, junior Max Tannenbaum and sophomore Michael Nocchi have combined to go 2-0 with two saves and a 1.66 earned run average in 21.2 innings of work on the year. Tannenbaum has been especially impressive giving up just one hit while striking out six in five appearances.

The Beavers are 6-1 on the year when givin up five runs or less.