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Doubleheader Preview: No. 8 Baseball Travels to Coast Guard Saturday

Doubleheader Preview: No. 8 Baseball Travels to Coast Guard Saturday

No. 8 Baseball at Coast Guard
Saturday, April 3 | 12/3 p.m.
Nitchman Field | New London, Conn.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 61-22 all-time against Coast Guard in a series that dates back to 1978.
• The Beavers have won eight straight games against the Bears going back to 2016.
• Babson has allowed just five runs in its last five meetings with Coast Guard.

LAST MEETING
• Jake Oliger '20 drove in three runs and graduate student Michael Nocchi allowed just two hits over eight innings as Babson won game two 4-0 to finish off a sweep of Coast Guard on March 30, 2019, in New London, Conn.
• Junior Thomas Lapham singled, walked twice and scored a pair of runs in support of Nocchi, who fanned seven on the day.
• Brett Sullivan allowed just one earned run and recorded seven strikeouts over 7.0 innings for the Bears.

SCOUTING THE BEARS
• Coast Guard (3-1, 3-1 NEWMAC) salvaged a split of last Saturday's doubleheader by defeating Emerson, 15-7, in game two.
• First-year John Carroll finished with four hits and two RBI, sophomore Greg Boland drove in three runs and junior Nate Nam doubled twice and scored three times for the Bears, who scored five times in the first inning and finished with 22 hits in the win.
• Sophomore Justin Stasiak is 10-for-15 (.667) at the plate with three doubles and six RBI, Nam is hitting .583 (7-for-12) with two doubles, a home run and three RBI, and sophomore Blake Carroll is batting .429 (9-for-21) with two homers and a team-high seven runs batted in.
• Senior Nate Ralph (1-0) boasts a 2.61 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 10.1 innings, while classmate PJ Gravalec (0-0) has allowed seven earned runs in 7.2 innings over two starts this spring. Fellow senior Lukas Caskey is 1-0 with one save and a 2.08 ERA in 4.1 innings of work out of the bullpen.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 8 Babson (2-0, 2-0 NEWMAC) finished of a season-opening sweep of WPI with a 13-2 victory last Saturday.
• Graduate transfer AJ DiFillipo went 4-for6 with a double and four RBI and junior Josh Yellen doubled as part of a two-hit day and drove in three runs for the Beavers, who did all the damage over the first five innings.
• DiFillipo went 5-for-10 (.500) and drove in four runs against WPI, Yellen was 3-for-7 (.429) at the plate with three RBI and three runs scored, and Lapham walked three times and scored twice in two games against the Engineers.
• Senior Jordy Allard (1-0) gave up just one run on four hits while recording a career-high nine strikeouts in game one against WPI, while junior Riley Teevens (1-0) allowed just two unearned runs in 5.1 innings in his first career start last Saturday.

TAKE YOUR BASE
• Eight different players drew at least one base on balls as the Beavers walked 15 times in last Saturday's sweep of WPI.
• Junior Jack Pirkl joined Lapham in walking three times, while graduate student Matthew Valente, sophomore Patrick Manning and first-year Francis Kiely all walked twice.

SIGH OF RELIEF
• An experience Babson bullpen flexed its muscle recording nine strikeouts and tossing 4.2 shutout innings last Saturday against WPI.
• Senior Henry Leake worked around a pair of singles with two strikeouts to earn the save in game one, while graduate students William Gallagher, Jack Theriault and Ben Gottesman, and sophomore Stephen McLendon combined to give up just one hit over the final 3.2 frames in game two.

A HIT TO REMEMBER
• Kiely, who started both games behind the plate for the Beavers, launched a two-run homer for his first collegiate hit in the third inning of game two on Saturday.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• Since the start of the 2018 campaign, the Beavers are 36-0 when allowing two runs or less and have lost just twice in 63 games when holding their opponents to five runs or less.