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NCAA Tournament Regional Preview: No. 7/9 Baseball Faces Keystone in Hartford Regional Opener

NCAA Tournament Regional Preview: No. 7/9 Baseball Faces Keystone in Hartford Regional Opener

NCAA Tournament Regional
Hartford Regional
Friday, May 17-Sunday, May 19
Murren Family Field at DiBenedetto Stadium

BABSON GAME NOTES

NCAA TOURNAMENT REGIONAL BRACKET

LEADING OFF
• Babson received one of 16 Pool C at-large bids and will return to the NCAA Tournament for the third year in a row and fifth time overall.
• The Beavers will face Keystone in their tournament opener, while the host Bantams will take on Salve Regina.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Friday, May 17
Game 1: Babson vs. Keystone, 11 a.m.
Game 2: Trinity vs. Salve Regina, 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 18
Game 3: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 11 a.m.
Game 4: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 2:30 p.m.
Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 6 p.m.

Sunday, May 19
Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 2:30 p.m.
Game 7: if necessary, 45 minutes following completion of game

SERIES HISTORY
vs. Keystone: Babson and the Giants will meet for the first time on Friday.

vs. Salve Regina: The Beavers defeated the Seahawks twice at the 2017 Harwich Regional and are 12-5 all-time in a series that dates back to 1986.

vs. Trinity: The Beavers are 5-11 all-time against the Bantams in a series that dates back to 1992. Babson and Trinity last met in 2013, splitting a doubleheader in Florida.

SCOUTING THE GIANTS
• Keystone (25-14) is making its 12th straight NCAA Tournament appearance after sweeping Cairn in the CSAC Tournament.
• The Giants boast a powerful offense that ranks 13th in Division III in home runs (36), 26th in doubles (94) and 35th in batting average (.320).
• Senior Chris Panzarella is batting .422 with 15 extra-base hits, 22 stolen bases and 40 runs scored, classmate Dakota McFadden is hitting .387 with 12 doubles, 12 homers and 55 runs batted in, and fellow senior Mohammed Hussein enters the tournament with a .352 average to go along with 12 doubles, four home runs and 30 RBI.
• Sophomore Nathan Hinkley is 5-1 with 41 strikeouts in 47.2 innings, while junior Jared Rowley (3-0) has fanned 57 and owns a 4.44 ERA in 46.2 innings pitched.

SCOUTING THE SEAHAWKS
• Salve Regina (27-16) returns to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four years and is making its fifth appearance overall after winning two straight elimination games over Roger Williams in the CCC final.
• The Seahawks rank 19th in Division III with 38 double plays and boasts a pitching staff that is striking out 8.1 batters per nine innings, which is good for 59th nationally.
• Senior Zack Smith is batting .406 with 14 doubles, nine homers and 42 runs batted in, junior Dylan Ketch is hitting .376 with 13 extra-base hits and 31 RBI, and sophomore Madden Ward enters the tournament with a .299 average to go along with 10 doubles and 38 runs scored.
• Junior Patrick Maybach is 5-1 with a 2.08 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 43.1 innings, , while senior Will Ginsberg has gone 5-3 with two saves and a 3.07 ERA in 14 appearances on the year.

SCOUTING THE BANTAMS
• Trinity (27-7) is back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012 and 12th time in program history despite failing to qualify for the NESCAC Tournament.
• The Bantams rank fourth in Division III in stolen bases (129) and feature a pitching staff that ranks 11th nationally in shutouts (6) and 33rd in hits allowed per nine innings (8.34).
• Junior Matt Koperniak is batting .380 with 11 doubles, three triples, four homers and 26 runs batted in, classmate Alex Rodriguez is hitting .312 with 10 doubles, two home runs and 31 RBI, and senior Johnny Stamatis enters the regional with a .298 average to go along with 12 extra-base hits, 40 runs scored and 29 runs driven in.
• First-year Cameron Crowley is 8-0 with a 2.29 ERA in 51.1 innings, junior Andrew DeRoche has gone 6-2 with a 2.43 ERA in 48.1 innings pitched, and senior Erik Mohl is 4-0 with three saves in 21 relief appearances.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 7/9 Babson (33-7) is making its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance and fifth overall after falling to MIT in the NEWMAC Tournament final last week.
• The Beavers rank fourth in Division III in walks per nine innings (2.29), fifth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.49) and 14th in earned run average (3.19).
• Junior Jake Oliger is batting .352 with 11 doubles, seven homers and 49 runs batted in, senior Connor Gill is hitting .330 with five doubles and 32 runs scored, and junior Sean Harrington enters the regional with a .313 average to go along with six doubles, two home runs and 34 RBI.
• Sophomore Tyler Bell is 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA in 33.0 innings, senior Michael Genaro (6-3) has 57 strikeouts and a 1.87 ERA in 72.1 innings, and classmate Max Tannenbaum is 4-1 with six saves in 20 relief appearances.

TOURNAMENT TESTED
• Babson is making its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance after falling to UMass Boston in the final of 2017 Harwich Regional and coming within a game of the College World Series before being defeated twice by Misericordia at last year's York (Pa.) Regional.
• The Beavers have gone 10-5 against teams selected for this year's regionals, which includes wins over No. 3/4 Southern Maine, No. 4/5 Trinity (Texas), No. 23/22 UMass Boston, No. 24/26 Wheaton, North Central (Ill.) and MIT.

SUCCESS STARTS AT THE TOP
• Babson's leadoff hitter in 38 of 40 games this season, McHale is batting .403 (21-for-52) with two doubles, three triples, 10 RBI and 10 runs scored in 11 NCAA Tournament games.
• Not to be outdone, Gill is hitting .485 (16-for-33) with five doubles, 11 RBI and nine runs scored in nine starts at second base in the regionals.

ASSAULT ON THE RECORD BOOKS
• Oliger's 49 RBI are just one behind the program's single-season record of 50 set by Kevin Higa '03 in 2002 and matched by Ryan Arena '18 last season.
• Senior Eric Jaun, who ranks second in program history with 42 career doubles, is set to become the Beavers' all-time leader in games played when he takes the field for the 161st time on Friday.
• Senior Brian McHale, who ranks in the top five in Babson history in at-bats, runs scored and total bases, enters the regional just seven hits away from Jack Halpin's '17 program record of 201.

ANSWERING THE BELL
• Since joining the starting rotation on April 15 Bell has won all three of his starts while striking out 16 and allowing no runs on just six hits over 23.0 innings.
• In all, Bell enters the regional riding a stretch of 29.0 straight scoreless innings in nine appearances since March 25.

POWER AND SPEED
• Oliger, who leads the Green and White with 49 RBI and 15 stolen bases, joins Pat Cutter '01 as the only players in program history to drive in more than 45 runs and swipe at least 10 bags in a season at Babson.
• Cutter finished with 47 runs batted in and 12 steals in 2000.

PITCHING HIS WAY TO THE TOP
• Already the program's all-time leader in wins with 24, Genaro ranks second in Babson history in both innings pitched (252.2) and strikeouts (176).
• In addition to his career marks he is just a 1/3 of an inning and one strikeout shy of his of single-season highs, and enters the weekend ranked fourth in Division III in walks per nine innings (0.75) and fifth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (9.50).

BEAVER BITES
• The Beavers are 32-3 this spring when scoring at least three runs and have gone 26-0 when crossing the plate six or more times.
• Six Babson regulars have recorded at least 10 multi-hit games, led by McHale's 17.
• Harrington has reached base safely in 22 straight contests, Oliger has been on base in 19 consecutive games, and Gill has gotten on in 11 outings in a row entering the weekend.
• McHale, Lapham and junior Alex DiMartino all have a hit in six straight contests.

THE SETUP MEN
• Junior William Gallagher and sophomore Henry Leake have been superb out of the Babson bullpen this spring, combining to record 60 strikeouts in 46.1 innings of work.
• The duo boasts a 1.94 ERA, a 0.88 WHIP and is holding opposing hitters to just a .137 average on the year.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 18-3 away from home this season, which includes victories in 17 of their last 18 outings.

 

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