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Doubleheader Preview: No. 9 Baseball Opens Season with Two Against WPI Saturday

Doubleheader Preview: No. 9 Baseball Opens Season with Two Against WPI Saturday

No. 9 Baseball vs. WPI
Saturday, March 27 | 12/3 p.m.
Govoni Field | Babson Park, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 51-25 all-time against WPI in a series that dates back to 1983.
• The Beavers have won five of their last six against the Engineers, which includes three victories in four games back in 2019.

LAST MEETING
• Sean Harrington '20 hit a three-run homer and senior Tyler Bell tossed a complete-game three hitter as Babson blanked WPI, 7-0, in a NEWMAC Tournament elimination game on May 6 in Northborough, Mass.
• Senior Matthew Valente went 2-for-4 with a run scored for the Beavers, who did all of their damage over the first four innings.
• Bell, who finished with five strikeouts, was perfect through 4.1 innings and retired 18 of the first 19 batters he faced.
• Steven Gallagher went 2-for-3 with a fifth-inning double for the Engineers.

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
• WPI (1-1, 1-1 NEWMAC) split its season-opening doubleheader at Springfield with a 5-2 victory game one followed by an 11-3 loss in the nightcap.
• Junior Martin McCormack was 3-for-3 with two RBI in the opener, while senior Jordan DeDonato had two hits and drove in a run in game two for the Engineers, who left six runners on base over the first five innings.
• DeDonato and McCormack both finished with three hits and combined to drive in three runs against the Pride, while junior Andrew Brooks went 3-for-9 (.333) with two doubles and three runs scored on opening weekend.
• Sophomore Everett Wonson (3 IP, 1 ER, 2 SO) and junior Alexander Mondro (2 IP, 5 ER, 3 BB) started game one and two, respectively, against Springfield as WPI used 11 different pitchers in the twin bill.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 9 Babson (0-0, 0-0 NEWMAC) returns 30 players after playing just three games in 2020.
• Valente, a three-year starter at first base, is a career .300 hitter with 20 doubles and 67 RBI, while junior Thomas Lapham (Charlestown, Mass.) went 5-of-13 (.385) in last year's three-game set at Trinity (Texas) and has batted .301 with six doubles and 23 RBI in 37 career games.
• Bell went 4-0 with a 2.47 ERA, 37 strikeouts and just four walks in 51 innings during Babson's run to the College World Series in 2018, while Allard finished 8-1 with a 4.13 ERA in 56.2 innings of work as a sophomore.
• Graduate student William Gallagher (53.1 IP, 5-1, 60 SO) and senior Henry Leake (32.1 IP, 1.95 ERA, 40 SO) highlight a bullpen that also leaned on graduate student Jack Theriault, junior Riley Teevens and sophomore Tim Noone in last year's three-game series at Trinity.

PRESENCE IN THE POLLS
• The Beavers were ranked sixth in the D3baseball.com preseason poll back in February and 31st in December's Collegiate Baseball rankings.
• Despite not playing to this point, Babson has remained in the top 10 of the D3baseball.com poll over the last five weeks.
• Going back to April 21, 2019, the Green and White has appeared in the top 10 in 17 straight editions of the D3baseball.com poll.

STREAKING INTO 2021
• Valente has at least one hit and has scored a run in four consecutive games going back to the 2019 elimination game loss against Johns Hopkins at the College World Series.
• Lapham has scored at least one run in six consecutive outings and has walked 10 times in his last nine starts.
• Senior Jack Ward recorded a hit in each of Babson's three games last year at Trinity.

ENGINEERING RESULTS
• Valente is batting .391 (9-for-23) with four multi-hit games, five RBI and eight runs scored in six career games against WPI.
• Allard went 2-0 with a 3.55 ERA and 12 strikeouts against just one walk over 12.2 innings in two starts against WPI back in 2019.

FREE PASSES AT A MINIMUM
• Allard has not allowed a walk over his last 19.2 innings of work going back to 2019.
• Opposing hitters have walked just twice against Bell over his last 33.2 innings pitched.

UP NEXT
• The Beavers travel to Coast Guard for a doubleheader on Saturday, April 3.