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Game Preview: Baseball at Western New England

Game Preview: Baseball at Western New England

Baseball at Western New England
Monday, April 30—3:30 p.m.
Trelease Park—Springfield, Mass.

THE SERIES
Babson and Western New England will meet for the 24th time on Monday afternoon. The Beavers are 11-12 all-time against the Golden Bears although the teams have played just three times since 2003.

LAST MEETING
Junior Brian McHale went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored as the Beavers defeated Western New England, 3-0, on May 1, 2017, in Babson Park. Sophomore Jake Oliger added two hits and senior John Floegel and four relievers combined to strikeout 10 in an eight-hit shutout. Junior Ben LaCroix and Daniel Morin had two hits apiece for the Golden Bears.

LAST WESTERN NEW ENGLAND WIN
Dillon Gonzalez '15 had two hits and senior Owen Shea went 1-for-3 with an RBI in Babson's 11-2 loss at Western New England on April 27, 2015, in Springfield, Mass. Matt Calzone went 4-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI to pace the Golden Bears' 19-hit attack.

SCOUTING THE GOLDEN BEARS
Western New England (26-11) has won straight games after sweeping both ends of a doubleheader against Nichols on Sunday afternoon. Senior Jared Rosenblatt and sophomore Zac Nussbaum both had two hits and drove in two runs apiece for the Golden Bears, who rallied from a four-run deficit to win the nightcap 7-6. Junior Joe Cassella is batting .383 with six doubles and 29 runs batted in, classmate Alex Loparco is hitting .382 with eight extra-base hits and 29 RBI, and Rosenblatt enters the day with a .323 average to go along with 11 doubles and a team-high 41 runs driven in. Junior Sean Halligan is 2-0 with a 0.55 ERA in eight relief appearances, while junior Bob Hamel is 4-0 with four saves and a 0.94 ERA in 38.1 innings pitched.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (26-10) has been off for nearly a week after routing Wentworth 18-2 for its fifth consecutive victory last Tuesday. Senior Mark Webber doubled twice and drove in four runs, while junior Connor Gill scored four times and added three RBI for the Beavers, who scored 10 times in the fourth inning. Senior Ryan Arena is batting .366 with 12 doubles, nine homers and 38 runs batted in, Oliger is hitting .357 with seven doubles and 32 RBI, and McHale checks in at .348 with 20 extra-base hits, 21 RBI and 38 runs scored. The trio of Floegel, Gill and junior Michael Genaro has gone 15-4 with a 2.61 ERA with 116 strikeouts and just 26 walks for a pitching staff that owns a 3.32 ERA this spring.

BEAVERS IN THE REGIONAL RANKINGS
The Green and White is third in the initial NCAA New England rankings, which were released last Thursday, behind only UMass Boston and Southern Maine. Babson is 8-3 against regionally-ranked opponents and can add to its win total on Monday when it takes on sixth-ranked Western New England.

CLOSING THE BOOKS ON APRIL
The Beavers enter Monday's contest with a 14-3 record this month. As a team they are batting .320 with a .417 on-base percentage and averaging 8.17 runs per contest. The Green and White also boasts a 2.69 ERA with 141 strikeouts in 150.1 innings over 17 games in April, in addition to having a .970 fielding percentage.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers have outscored their foes 44-17 in the first inning this season.

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