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Game Preview: Baseball vs. Curry

Game Preview: Baseball vs. Curry

Baseball vs. Curry
Thursday, March 29—3:30 p.m.
Govoni Field—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Curry will meet for the 18th time in a series that dates back to 1982 on Thursday afternoon. The Beavers are 10-7 all-time against the Colonels and have won four of the last five games between the squads going back to 2011.

Philip Perez scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch as part of a three-run eighth inning that helped Curry defeat the Beavers, 3-1, on April 8, 2015, in Babson Park. Nick Crivello had three of the Colonels four hits, while George Crowley '16 went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI for the Green and White.

Sean MacPhee '15 homered twice and drove in five runs and Nick Malatos '15 tossed eight shutout innings as the Beavers defeated Curry, 12-0, on April 9, 2014, in Babson Park. Dillon Gonzalez '15 went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI, while Owen Shea '17 drove in a pair of runs and scored twice for Babson.

Curry (3-5) has been idle since having its three-game winning streak snapped in a 7-0 loss to Beloit back on March 15 in Winter Haven, Fla. Juniors Michael Couhig and Tyler Jenkins both doubled for the Colonels, who made three errors and allowed five unearned runs in the loss. Senior Zach Bowden is 8-for-17 (.471) at the plate with three doubles and two runs batted in, sophomore Jared Keller is batting .350 with three extra-base hits and four RBI, and junior Jhonathan Oliveira is hitting .321 with two doubles and five RBI. Despite their 1-3 record, seniors Robert Reedy and David Griffin boast a 1.93 ERA and have combined for 20 strikeouts in 18.2 innings.

Babson (8-7) snapped a two-game skid with a 9-3 win at WPI on Tuesday afternoon. Junior Brian McHale went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI and sophomore Matthew Valente had two hits and drove in a pair of runs for the Beavers, who got seven strong innings from junior Michael Genaro (3-1). McHale is batting .373 with nine extra-base hits and nine runs batted in, Valente is hitting .348 with four doubles and 11 RBI, and senior Ryan Arena enters the day with a .339 average to go along with five doubles, three homers and 13 RBI. Sophomore Michael Nocchi owns a 0.93 ERA in 9.2 innings of work over five appearances for a Babson staff that is holding opposing hitters to a .278 average.

Genaro, who issued his first walk of the season in 28.0 innings in Tuesday's win over WPI, leads the conference and ranks 19th in Division III in walks allowed per nine innings (0.32)

The Green and White is 26-10 at Govoni Field since the start of 2016 and have won 10 straight games at home going back to April 19 of last season.

The Beavers are 7-0 when leading after six innings this season.