New England Region Preview
New England Regional
MIT might only be the fourth seed in the regional tournament at Whitehouse Field in Harwich , Mass., but don’t think for a moment that the Engineers aren’t poised to make a run at the college world series. They have won nine games against ranked opponents this season and are in the regional and are in the regional for the first time since 1974.
A.J. Hansborough is batting .378 and has knocked in 21 runs while Dan Hyatt has racked up 46 hits, driving in 23 runs and fashioning a .357 average.
The interesting thing is that MIT (25-13) has only hit seven home runs as a team this season, but it is hitting .306 as a team.
The pitching staff hasn’t been bad either. Henry Zhu is 5-2 with a 1.49 ERA while Aric Dama owns a 5-1 record with a 2.01 ERA. He has struck out 54.
MIT will be seeking its first ever regional win this week and enters this tournament tied for the most wins in school history.
Tufts comes into the tourney as the top seed, the second consecutive year the Jumbos (26-7-1) are the top team in the regional. This is their four NCAA trip overall and are gunning for their second straight trip to the regional final.
David Orolowitz has played a key role in the success of the Jumbos. He is batting .398 with 25 RBI while Sam Sager is hitting .328 with 31 RBI. Edward Bernstein has been remarkable in a closing role, notching eight saves. He has struck out 40 and is 2-0 on the season.
David Ryan will provide help to the pitching staff as well. He is 7-1 with a 3.95 ERA and has racked up 36 strikeouts.
• Bridgewater State is in the NCAA tourney for the first time since 2004 and has won seven of its last eight games, including three without giving up a run.
The Bears (23-15) have the Massachusetts State Athletic Conference Pitcher of the year in Corey Batista (6-2, 72 strikeouts, 1.33 ERA, four shutouts) and a stellar hitter in Joshua Ferreira (.373, 5 home runs, 12 doubles, 37 runs scored), who has also recorded four saves as a reliever. Ian Williams leads the league in RBI with 39 and is batting .343.
• Wheaton (Mass.) will have a shot to contend with Ryan Grant on the mound in a closing role. Grant has nine saves and a .0.47 ERA. His save total ranks sixth in the country for a team that has won 25 of its last 31 games.
The Lions (29-10) are making their 10th NCAA appearance since 2000 and have been paced by Dan Haugh, who has hit 20 doubles, the fifth most in the nation. Haugh has driven in 56 runs and is batting .416.
• St. Joseph’s (Maine) has the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Player of the Year in Todd Keneborus, who is batting .426 and has tallied 60 hits this year. The star of the Monks (30-13) has knocked in 39 runs as well for a team that is making its fifth tourney trip in the last six seasons.
Chad Rafferty is 5-1 with a 1.82 ERA and has allowed only 14 hits in the last 21 innings he has pitched. He has 57 strikeouts.
• Western New England will be looking to make noise in its sixth trip to the regional.
The second-seeded Golden Bears (38-9) have gotten plenty of offensive firepower from Ryan Dudzyinski, who is batting .353 with 14 doubles and 40 RBI. He has also scored 42 runs while Mike Rubino has scored 40 runs and is batting .423 with 40 RBI.
Matt Rogers is 10-1 and has struck out 55 despite a 3.62 ERA.
• Husson will be led into action by Ethan Guerette, the Northeast Athletic Conference East Division Player of the Year. The star of the Eagles (29-15) is batting .312 with 21 RBI while teammate Shawn Smith has hit .378 while bringing 34 runs across the plate.
Ryan Arsenault has pitched seven complete games this year, striking out 68 and posting an 8-3 record for the seventh-seeded team in the region.