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College World Series Preview: No. 7/9 Baseball vs. No. 22/21 Johns Hopkins

College World Series Preview: No. 7/9 Baseball vs. No. 22/21 Johns Hopkins

NCAA Division III College World Series
No. 7/9 Baseball vs. No. 22/21 Johns Hopkins
Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium | Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Sunday, June 2 | 2:15 p.m. ET

BABSON GAME NOTES

INTERACTIVE BRACKET

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP PAGE 

LEADING OFF
• No. 7/9 Babson joins No. 22/21 Johns Hopkins, No. 15/17 Birmingham Southern and Heidelberg in one of two four-team brackets at the College World Series. The winner of Pool B will advance to face the Bracket A winner, a pod that includes No. 6/6 Chapman, No. 18/18 Webster, No. 23/22 UMass Boston and Washington & Jefferson, in a best-of-three series to decide the 2019 national champion. 

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES STORYLINES
• The eight-team field was trimmed to six as Washington & Jefferson eliminated Webster and Babson ousted Heidelberg on Saturday.
• Birmingham Southern, which is the only other team besides the Beavers making its College World Series debut, and UMass Boston are both unbeaten in their respective pools and need just one win to reach the best-of-three championship series. 
• Five of the first eight games of the 2019 College World Series have been decided by a single run and two have gone to extra innings. 

POOL B SCHEDULE
Friday, May 31
Game 3: No. 22/21 Johns Hopkins 7, No. 7/9 Babson 6 (10 innings)
Game 4: No. 15/17 Birmingham Southern 6, Heidelberg 1

Saturday, June 1
Game 7: No. 7/9 Babson 6, Heidelberg 5
Game 8: No. 15/17 Birmingham Southern 4, No. 22/21 Johns Hopkins 3 (10 innings)

Sunday, June 2
Game 10: No. 7/9 Babson vs. No. 22/21 Johns Hopkins, 2:15 p.m. ET
Game 11: No. 15/17 Birmingham Southern vs. Winner Game 10, 8:45 p.m. ET

Monday, June 3
Game 14: if necessary, 1 or 4:30 p.m. ET

SERIES HISTORY
vs. Johns Hopkins: The Beavers are 1-1 all-time against Johns Hopkins but suffered a 7-6 10-inning loss to the Blue Jays on Friday night. 
vs. Birmingham Southern: No previous meetings.

LAST MEETING
• Senior Nicholas Browne hit a two-run homer in the top of the 10th, but Johns Hopkins responded with three runs, the final two coming on a double by Dan Kutcher, as the Blue Jays outlasted Babson, 7-6, on Friday night.

SCOUTING THE BLUE JAYS
Baltimore Regional: def. Farmingdale State, 6-2; def. Susquehanna, 12-2; def. No. 8/7 TCNJ, 10-3
Baltimore Super Regional: def. Shenandoah 6-3 and 7-3
• No. 22/21 Johns Hopkins (36-12), which is in the College World Series for the fourth time in 23 NCAA Tournament appearances, suffered a 4-3 10-inning loss to No. 15/17 Birmingham Southern late Saturday night. 
• The Blue Jays lead Division III with 80 home runs, are second nationally in walks and rank fourth in the country averaging 9.2 runs per game.
• Junior Mike Eberle is batting .374 with 13 doubles, four home runs, 44 RBI and 50 runs scored, graduate student Chris DeGiacomo is hitting .338 with 12 doubles, 12 homers and 47 RBI, and junior All-American Nate Davis enters the CWS with a .331 average to go along with 12 doubles, 16 home runs and 44 runs driven in.
• Sean McCracken (7-2, 4.79 ERA) will likely get the start for Johns Hopkins. He allowed three runs over 6.1 innings to earn the win as the Blue Jays defeated TCNJ to win the Baltimore Regional back on May 19. 

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Hartford Regional: def. Keystone, 7-3; def. RV/No. 29 Trinity, 4-1; lost to RV/No. 29 Trinity, 12-3; def. RV/No. 29 Trinity, 10-3
Babson Park Super Regional: def. No. 19/20 Cortland 7-6 and 2-1
• No. 7/9 Babson (38-9) dropped its College World series debut on Friday before rallying for five runs in the bottom of ninth to keep its season alive with a 6-5 victory over Heidelberg on Saturday night. 
• The Beavers ranks second in Division III in sacrifce flies (38), sixth in WHIP (1.18) and 12th in ERA (3.23).
• Junior Jake Oliger is batting .333 with 11 doubles, eight home runs and a school-record 53 runs batted in, senior Connor Gill is hitting .333 with five doubles, 14 RBI and 36 runs scoredl and junior Sean Harrington enters the weekend with a .324 average to go along with 10 extra-base hits, 37 walks and 35 runs driven in.
• Sophomore Jordy Allard (8-0, 3.75 ERA) is the likely starter for the Green and White. He is 2-0 in postseason elimination games, which includes a victory over Trinity in his last outing on May 19. 

COMEBACK FOR THE AGES
• Babson's five-run ninth-inning rally matches its biggest comeback since erasing a four-run deficit to defeat Wheaton on April 8, 2018.
• The walk-off win was the fifth of the season for the Beavers.

COMFORTABLE WHEN IT'S CLOSE
• The Beavers have played four consecutive one-run games and are 10-1 on the year in contests decided by a single run. Going back to the start of last year, Babson is 17-4 in one-run games. 

THE NEW HIT KING
• After becoming just the second player in school histroy to reach 200 hits against Cortland in the NCAA Super Regionals, senior Brian McHale passed Jack Halpin '17 as the program's all-time leader with his 202nd career hit on Friday night. 
• He also is now the only player in Babson history to record at least 60 hits in three different seasons. 

PROVIDING THE POWER
• Browne has hit safely in seven of eight NCAA Tournament contests and is 11-for-31 (.355) at the dish with four doubles and three home runs in the postseason.
• Browne's 12 home runs this year are now just behind Ryan Arena's '18 single-season record of 13 set last year. 

MEN OF MAY
• Gill, who drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth in Friday's game one win over Cortland, is batting .424 with five doubles, 14 RBI and 13 runs scored in 14 career NCAA Tournament games entering the College World Series.
• McHale is hitting .351 with two doubles, three triples, 14 RBI and 14 runs scored in 17 career NCAA starts, while fellow senior Eric Jaun has driven in 11 runs in 17 outings and owns the Beavers' only five-hit game in Division III Championship history.

ONE TOUGH OUT
• Harrington is 7-for-20 (.350) at the plate and has reached base safely in 18 of 31 plate appearances for a .581 on-base percentage in this year's NCAA Tournament.
• He has reached base safely in 29 consecutive outings, set a new school record for walks in a season with his 40th in Saturday's win over Heidelberg, and is one of just two players in Babson history to draw 100 career bases on balls.
• In 17 career NCAA Tournament starts Harrington has walked 25 times.

RECORD-SETTING SENIORS
• Babson's senior class of Browne, Genaro, Gill, Jaun, McHale, Max Tannenbaum, Edward Lehr and Nicolas Parente has helped the program win 102 games over the last three seasons and 126 contests overall since 2016.
• The group won a pair of NEWMAC Tournament crowns, captured at least a share of three straight conference regular season titles, and has now led the Beavers to their first College World Series appearance.

GENARO, OLIGER ADD TO AWARDS HAUL
• Genaro joined Dave Ahern '11 and Ryan Arena '18 as just the third All-American in Babson history when he was named to D3baseball.com's third team on Tuesday.
• In addition to his All-America award, both Genaro and Oliger received D3baseball.com and ABCA All-New England honors.

EXPERIENCED BEYOND THEIR YEARS
• Bell and Allard have combined to go 3-0 in postseason elimination games (including the NEWMAC Tournament) and enter the CWS a perfect 12-0 on the year.
• Bell (4-0, 2.23 ERA) has not allowed a run over the first 5.0 innings of his first two NCAA Tournament starts, and retired 14 straight batters to open Friday's game against Cortland, while Allard (8-0, 3.75) allowed two earned runs in 6.0 innings to help the Beavers defeat Trinity in the winner-take-all game at the Hartford Regional back on May 19.

HAVING A RECORD YEAR
• The Beavers have set new single-season offensive records in both sacrafice flies (38) and walks (224), while the pitching staff's 355 strikeouts are also the most in program history. Babson's 1236 putouts and 490 assists are also the highest single-season totals in school annals.

BEAVER BITES
• Jaun enters the CWS ranked first on Babson's career list in games played (166) and at-bats (638).
• The top eight hitters in the Beavers' lineup have recorded at least 10 multi-hit games, a list that is topped by McHale with 20.
• Oliger leads the Green and White with 13 multi-RBI games, while Jaun (11), Lehr (11) and Browne (11) are tied for second on the team.
• The Green and White is 30-1 this season when scoring at least six runs.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 7-1 on neutral fields and have gone 22-5 away from home on the year.

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