NCAA Tournament Hartford Regional Final Preview: No. 7/9 Baseball at Trinity

NCAA Tournament Hartford Regional Final Preview: No. 7/9 Baseball at Trinity

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



Friday, May 17
Game 1: No. 7/9 Babson 7, Keystone 3
Game 2: Trinity 11, Salve Regina 3

Saturday, May 18
Game 3: Salve Regina 13, Keyston 1
Game 4: No. 7/9 Babson 4, Trinity 1
Game 5: Trinity 7, Salve Regina 2

Sunday, May 19
Game 6: No. 7/9 Babson at Trinity, 2:30 p.m.
Game 7: if necessary, 45 minutes following completion of game 6

• Babson and Trinity will meet for the second day in a row with a trip to the NCAA Super Regionals on the line on Sunday. The Beavers, who are 6-11 all-time against the Bantams in a series that dates back to 1992, need one win to advance to the round of 16 for the third year in a row, while the hosts must win twice to advance. 

• Senior Michael Genaro allowed just one run over 8.0 innings and junior Jake Oliger broke a 1-1 deadlock with a bases-loaded single in the top of the eighth as Babson went on to defeat Trinity, 4-1, on Saturday afternoon. 
• Senior Brian McHale, who drove in two runs, and classmate Nicholas Browne both finished with two hits apiece for the Beavers. Cameron Crowley (8-1) suffered his first loss of the season for the Bantams after giving up two runs in 7.1 innings. 

• Trinity (29-8), which is making its 12th Division III Championship appearance, bounced back from its loss to Babson with a 7-2 win over Salve Regina on Saturday night that included two home runs from junior Matt Koperniak and a three-run double in the eighth from Mack Lauder. 
• Koperniak enters the tournament batting .380 with 11 doubles, three triples, four homers and 26 runs batted in, junior Alex Rodriguez is hitting .312 with 10 doubles, two home runs and 31 RBI, and senior Johnny Stamatis owns a .298 average to go along with 12 extra-base hits, 40 runs scored and 29 runs driven in.
• Sophomore Max Barsamian (2-0, 2.14 ERA) and first-year Will Simeone (2-2, 4.23 ERA) have both made five starts this spring, while senior Eric Mohl is 5-0 with three saves in 24 relief appearances. 

• No. 7/9 Babson (35-7) has won its first two NCAA Tournament games for the second campaign in a row and matched last year's single-season record for victories with Saturday's triumph over the Bantams. 
• Oliger entered the regional 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 boasts a .313 average to go along with six doubles, two home runs and 34 RBI.
• Sophomore Jordy Allard, (7-0, 3.86 ERA) or junior Michael Nocchi (3-1, 2.86 ERA) will likely get the nod as Sunday's starter, while classmate Max Tannenbaum is 4-1 with six saves in 21 relief appearances this spring. 

• Sophomore Tyler Bell, who entered Friday's start riding a streak of 29.0 straight scoreless innings, kept Keystone off the board for five frames before allowing two runs in the top of the sixth.
• Prior to Friday he had not given up a run since March 17, when he surrendered in an inning of work against Vassar.

• With his three-run blast in the bottom of the fifth on Friday Browne now has a career-high 10 dingers this spring, and joins Ryan Arena '18 as the only other player in school history to record double-digit homers in a single season.

• 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.

• With his eighth-inning single on Saturday, Oliger passed Babson Hall of Famers Jon Cignetti '98 and Kevin Higa '03 for the single-season program record with 51 RBI. 
• Senior Eric Jaun, who ranks second in program history with 42 career doubles, became the Beavers' all-time leader in games played when he took the field for the 161st time on Friday.
• McHale, who ranks in the top five in Babson history in at-bats, runs scored and total bases, is now just five hits shy of Jack Halpin's '17 record of 201. 

• Oliger, who leads the Green and White with 51 RBI and 15 stolen bases is one of just two players in school history along with Pat Cutter '01 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.

• Already the program's all-time leader in wins with 25, Genaro moved into first place in innings pitched (260.2) on Saturday and is now just 11 strikeouts away from Jason Kosow's '04 program record of 194.
• In addition to his career marks he set new career highs in innings pitched (80.1) and strikeouts (64) on Saturday, and ranks fourth in Division III in walks per nine innings (0.75) and fifth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (9.50).

• The Beavers are 34-3 this spring when scoring at least three runs and have gone 27-0 when crossing the plate six or more times.
• Six Babson regulars have recorded at least 10 multi-hit games, led by McHale's 18.
• Harrington has reached base safely in 24 straight contests, while Oliger has been on base in 21 consecutive games.

• The Beavers are 20-3 away from home this season, which includes victories in 19 of their last 20 outings.