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
Friday, May 31 | 5:30 p.m. ET
• 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.
FIELD OF DREAMS
• No. 7/9 Babson will make its Division III College World Series debut on Friday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, less than 90 minutes away from the site where Field of Dreams was filmed in the late 1980s. The Beavers advanced to the CWS with a two-game sweep of No. 19/20 Cortland over Memorial Day weekend.
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES STORYLINES
• After 19 seasons of being held in Appleton, Wis., the College World Series will be played in Cedar Rapids for the first time.
• Of the eight-team field, only Babson and Birmingham Southern will be making their first College World Series appearances.
• The Beavers are just the second team from the NEWMAC to reach the CWS. Fellow league member Wheaton has been three times, most recently in 2017.
• With UMass Boston outlasting New England College in the only super regional series to go three games, Babson and the Beacons give New England two CWS representatives for the second time in the last three seasons.
POOL B SCHEDULE
Friday, May 31
Game 3: No. 7/9 Babson vs. No. 22/21 Johns Hopkins, 5:30 p.m. ET
Game 4: No. 15/17 Birmingham Southern vs. Heidelberg, 8:45 p.m. ET
Saturday, June 1
Game 7: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 5:30 p.m. ET
Game 8: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 8:45 p.m. ET
Sunday, June 2
Game 10: Winner Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8, 2:15 p.m. ET
Game 11: Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 10, 8:45 p.m. ET
Monday, June 3
Game 14: if necessary, 1 or 4:30 p.m. ET
vs. Johns Hopkins: The Beavers defeated the Blue Jays, 14-7, in the only meeting between the programs back in 1997.
vs. Birmingham Southern: No previous meetings.
vs. Heidelberg: Babson suffered a 12-3 loss in its only meeting against the Student Princes in March 2018.
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 (35-11), which has won eight straight games, is in the NCAA Tournament for the 23rd time in school history and is set for its fourth CWS appearance.
• 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.
• The nation's leader in wins, senior Jack Bunting, is 13-0 with a 2.20 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 77.2 innings, while classmate Josh Hejka is 6-2 with six saves in 66.2 innings over 23 appearances.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
Birmingham Regional: def. No. 14/14 LaGrange 3-2 in a best-of-five series (W, 15-6; L 11-7; L, 6-4; W, 8-5; W, 14-6)
Birmingham Super Regional: def. No. 17/15 Coe 6-4 (12 inn.) and 11-2
• No. 15/17 Birmingham Southern (39-13), which has been in Division III for just over a decade, is making its first College World Series appearance in its sixth trip to the NCAA Tournament.
• The Panthers rank 10th in Division III in hits and boast a pitching staff that ranks 26th nationally with a 3.48 earned run average.
• Seniror Tyler Wise is batting .354 with 18 extra-base hits and 54 runs batted in, sophomore Cole Steadman is hitting .340 with 12 doubles, 31 RBI and 41 runs scored, and senior Tyler Hamel enters the weekend with a .331 average to go along with 10 doubles, nine home runs and 42 runs driven in.
• Senior Richie Misischia is 9-1 with six saves, a 2.13 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 50.2 innings, while classmate Jake Cook has gone 7-2 with a 3.77 in 88.1 innings over 15 starts.dsfx
SCOUTING THE STUDENT PRINCES
Adrian Regional: def. No. 9/13 Adrian, 4-3; def. No. 13/8 Denison, 2-1; def. No. 9/13 Adrian, 9-6
Tiffin (Ohio) Super Regional: def. No. 20/27 Wooster 8-5 and 14-1
• Heidelberg (35-13), which is making its eighth NCAA Tournament appearance, is back in the CWS for the first time since 2010 and second time in program history.
• The Student Princes lead Division III in hits, rank second nationally in double plays (52), and are scoring more than eight runs a game.
• Senior Kane Bateman is hitting .400 with 15 doubles, 35 runs batted in and 57 runs scored, senior All-American Matt Psychas is hitting .365 with 18 doubles, six triples, eight homers and 54 RBI, and junior Kyle Jenkins enters the CWS with a .349 average to go along with 14 doubles, three home runs and 47 runs driven in.
• Senior Alex Sir Louis is 9-2 with a 3.67 ERA in 83.1 innings, junior Trevor Adkins (8-4, 4.58 ERR) has recorded 73 strikeouts in 78.2 innings, and senior Joey Wenning has 11 saves in 23 relief appearances.
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 (38-8), which is in the NCAA Tournament for the the fifth time overall and third year in a row, will make its College World Series debut on Friday.
• 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.
• Senior All-American Michael Genaro is 8-3 with 66 strikeouts in 87.1 innings pitched, sophomore Tyler Bell (4-0, 2.23 ERA) has walked just two batters in 44.1 innings of work, and senior Max Tannenbaum is 5-1 with seven saves and a 3.96 ERA in 24 relief appearances.
COMFORTABLE WHEN IT'S CLOSE
• The Beavers are 9-0 this season and have won 12 consecutive games decided by a single run going back to April 2018.
• Included in this stretch are both of last weekend's super regional wins over Cortland and victories over Catholic and Union at the 2018 York (Pa.) Regional.
SLAMMING THE DOOR SHUT
• The Babson relief trio of senior Max Tannenbaum, junior William Gallagher and sophomore Henry Leake has combined to give up just three earned runs over 12.2 innings, while striking out 13 batters and walking just one in six NCAA Tournament games entering the CWS.
• Leake (0-0, 2.16 ERA), who has fanned 33 batters in 25.0 innings, and Gallagher (1-0, 2.56 ERA), who opposing hitters are batting just .135 against, are tied for the team lead with eight holds apiece.
• Tannenbaum's five wins are the most by a Babson reliever since 2008 and his seven saves are good for the second most in single-season program history.
• Overall, the Green and White is 34-0 this spring when leading after six innings.
RAISING HIS GAME
• Junior Matthew Valente is batting .364 (8-for-22) with three multi-hit games and a team-high six RBI in the NCAA Tournament.
• He came up big against Cortland in the Super Regionals smacking a three-run double in the first inning of game one, which was followed by a 3-for-4 effort that saw him score the go-ahead run in game two.
• Valente leads the Green and White in runs scored (46) and is second with 17 multi-hit games, seven of which have come in his last 15 starts.
MCHALE REACHES MILESTONE
• With his ninth-inning single in Saturday's 2-1 win over Cortland, McHale became just the second player in Babson history to reach 200 hits for his career.
• McHale enters the CWS needing just one hit to tie Jack Halpin '17 for the program record
• In addition to his pursuit of the Beavers' all-time hits record McHale also ranks second in program history in at-bats (614), is fourth in runs scored (132), and fifth in both total bases (272) and games played (152).
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.
• 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 6-for-14 (.429) at the plate and has reached base safely in 14 of 22 plate appearances for a .636 on-base percentage in this year's NCAA Tournament.
• He has reached base safely in 27 consecutive outings and leads the Green and White in both walks (37) and OBP (.488) on the year.
• In 15 career NCAA Tournament starts Harrington has walked 22 times.
GENARO ADDS TO LEGACY
• Alredy the program's all-time leader in wins (26) and innings pitched (267.2), and single-season leader in victories (9) and innings (87.1), Genaro improved to 3-1 in four NCAA Tournament starts with Saturday's one-run, seven-inning effort against Cortland on Saturday.
• He has pitched 31.1 innings over his four NCAA starts, which are the most in school history, and boasts a 2.59 ERA.
PROVIDING THE POWER
• Senior Nicholas Browne has hit safely in all six NCAA Tournament contests entering the CWS and leads the Beavers with four multi-hit games in the postseason. Overall, he is 10-for-24 (.417) at the dish with four doubles and two home runs during the regional and super regional rounds.
• Browne's 11 home runs this spring not only is tied for 27th in Division III, but also has him tied for second in single-season program history behind Ryan Arena's '18 13 dingers last year.
• Babson's senior class of Browne, Genaro, Gill, Jaun, McHale, 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.
FILLING IN NICELY
• Called upon to make his first start since April 30 in Saturday's win over Cortland, junior Aidan Scott recorded his first career NCAA Tournament hit and was superb behind the plate as the Beavers wrapped up their first Super Regional title.
EXPERIENCED BEYOND THEIR YEARS
• Bell and fellow sophomore Jordy Allard have combined to go 3-0 in postseason elimination games (including the NEWMAC Tournament) and enters 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.
• 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 19.
• Oliger leads the Green and White with 12 multi-RBI games, while Jaun (11), Lehr (10) and Browne (10) have all driven in two or more runs at least 10 times.
• Babson hitters drew 13 walks in two games against Cortland and has walked 30 times in its first six NCAA games. On the flip side, the Beavers' pitching staff walked just one Red Dragon batter and has issued just five free passes in 54.0 innings during the NCAA Tournament.
• The Green and White is 29-0 on the year when scoring at least six runs.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 6-0 on neutral fields and have gone 21-4 away from home on the year.