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Game Preview: Baseball at Springfield

Game Preview: Baseball at Springfield

Baseball at Springfield
Tuesday, April 17—3:30 p.m.
Archie Allen Field—Springfield, Mass.

Babson and Springfield will meet for the second time this season and 54th time overall on Tuesday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1996. The Beavers are 31-22 all-time against the Pride and have won nine straight matchups since 2014.

Junior Brian McHale doubled twice and drove in three runs, while classmate Michael Genaro struck out a season-high eight batters over seven innings as the Beavers defeated Springfield, 6-3, on April 10 in Babson Park. Senior David Lennon had two hits and drove in a run and sophomore Jake Oliger went 2-for-4 with two runs scored for Babson. Senior Mark Joao and sophomore Jake Gleason both homered for the Pride.

Kyle DiFranco and Sean Smith each drove in a run, and Eric Chase and two relievers combined on a seven-hit shutout as Springfield topped Babson, 3-0, in the second game of a doubleheader on April 6, 2013, in Babson Park. Brendan Collins '14 had two hits and Brian Swanton '13 took the loss, allowing just one earned run and eight hits over five innings.

Springfield (18-9-2, 7-5 NEWMAC) snapped a four-game skid with a 3-1 win over Clark in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader. Joao and first-year Jack Cooney both had two hits and drove in a run as part of a three-run second inning for the Pride, who got 10 strikeouts in a complete-game effort from sophomore Shawn Babineau. Cooney is batting .362 with one double and 19 runs batted in, Joao is hitting .343 with 13 extra-base hits and 29 RBI, and sophomore Chad Shade enters the day with a .327 average to go along with 10 extra-base hits, 25 stolen bases, 38 runs scored and 12 runs drive in. Sophomore Cole Donovan is 1-1 with saves and a 1.04 ERA in nine relief appearances for a Springfield pitching staff that is opponents to a .205 average this spring.

Babson (20-9, 10-3 NEWAC) dropped the finale of its three-game series with MIT, 6-1, on Saturday. Senior Ryan Arena doubled and homered for the Beavers, who stranded seven men on base in the loss. Arena is batting .357 with nine doubles, eight home runs and 31 runs batted in, sophomore Sean Harrington has nine extra-base hits and 21 RBI to go along with a .510 on-base percentage, and Oliger is hitting .330 with six extra-base hits and 22 runs driven in. Genaro is 5-1 with a 2.85 ERRA and 32 strikeouts in 41.0 innings, while junior Max Tannenbaum has fanned 12 in 13 relief appearances for a Babson staff that boasts a 3.74 ERA and a .252 opponents' batting average.

The Beavers, who have won 13 of their last 15 games since March 27, matched the 2008 squad as the quickest to reach 20 wins in program history with their game-one victory over MIT on Saturday. Both teams needed just 28 games to record their 20th win of the year.

Senior John Floegel recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts and tossed Babson's first complete-game shutout since April 19, 2017, with his four-hit gem in Saturday's 6-0 opening-game win over MIT. The hard-throwing righty improved to 2-2 with a 3.82 ERA on the year and ranks sixth in the NEWMAC with 36 strikeouts in 40.0 innings this spring.

Senior Mark Webber extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a pair of knocks in Saturday's second game, while Lennon and Oliger have reached base in 18 and 15 straight outings, respectively.

The Beavers are 9-0 this spring against NEWMAC foes when giving up four runs or less.