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Johns Hopkins NCAA Regional Tournament Notes

May 17, 2016

Head coach Bob Babb, senior Raul Shah and the Blue Jays play Wooster in the opening game of the Mideast Regional.

2016 NCAA Mideast Regional Tournament Central
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Johns Hopkins NCAA Mideast Regional Tournament Notebook (PDF)

About the Blue Jays: Johns Hopkins earned an at-large bid to the 2016 NCAA Tournament and the number six seed in the Mideast Regional. The Blue Jays will carry a 28-13-2 record into this week’s tournament.

The Mideast Region: Johns Hopkins is one of eight teams selected to compete in the Mideast Regional at Ross Memorial Park in Washington, Pennsylvania. The field for the regional, by seed, is as follows:

Seed - Team (2016 Record) Series vs. JHU
1 - LaRoche (36-9) - 0-0
2 - Randolph-Macon (32-6-1) - RMC leads 14-6
3 - Wooster (34-11) - JHU leads 6-3-1
4 - TCNJ (30-10) - TCNJ leads 9-5
5 - Ohio Wesleyan (27-14) - 0-0
6 - Johns Hopkins (28-13-2)
7 - St. Joseph’s (LI) (24-11) - JHU leads 3-0
8 - Widener (24-16-1) - JHU leads 38-22-1

Against the Mideast Region: Johns Hopkins played two games this season against teams that are in the Mideast Regional. Hopkins topped Wooster, 9-1, on March 14 and beat Widener, 10-7, on April 11.

At-Large: Johns Hopkins earned an at-large bid to the 2016 NCAA Tournament. This is the second time in four years that the Blue Jays have earned an at-large bid as they also grabbed one in 2013 after falling in the Centennial Conference Championship to Franklin & Marshall.

Historically Speaking: Johns Hopkins is making its 21st appearance in the NCAA Tournament, including its 12th in the last 16 years. The Blue Jays are 38-37 all-time in NCAA play with three regional crowns to their credit (1989, 2008, 2010). In all, 20 of Johns Hopkins’ 21 tournament appearances have come since head coach Bob Babb took over in 1980.

A First: This will be JHU’s first-ever appearance in the Mideast Regional. JHU has competed in the Mid-Atlantic Regional 15 times and the South Regional in its other five NCAA appearances prior to this season.

Pretty Even: JHU is 22-21 as the home team in NCAA Regional action and 15-14 as the away team (note that statistics are not available for JHU’s 1976 appearance in the NCAA Tournament so Hopkins’ 1-2 record that year is not reflected in its home/away record).

In the Opener: JHU is 8-12 in the first game of its 20 all-time NCAA Regional Tournament appearances.

Extra-Extra: The Blue Jays are 1-2 all-time in the NCAA Regional Tournament in extra-innings.

We’re Missing Graduation: Graduation ceremonies for Johns Hopkins are scheduled for Wednesday, May 18 at 4 pm. Thus, the senior members of the 2016 Johns Hopkins baseball team will miss commencement.
As such, the University is keeping with a long-standing tradition of hosting a special graduation ceremony for members of the team who will not be present to receive their diploma.
The special graduation ceremony for the following members of the team will take place on Monday, May 23 at 3 pm on the Johns Hopkins campus with President Ron Daniels presiding over the ceremony.

Carter Willis Burns – BA– Economics

Colin Daniel Friedman - BS in Mechanical Engineering

Ross Edward Lazicky – BA – International Studies

David Michael Mampre – BS in Neuroscience

Raul Rajesh Shah - BA – Economics

Peter Franklin Siciliano – BA - Psychology

Mitchell Andrew Weaver - BA – Economics

Trevor Andrew Williams - BS in Civil Engineering

Andrew John Zigmont - BS in Applied Mathematics and Statistics; 2nd major Economics

I’m Honored: Johns Hopkins placed four players on the 2016 All-Centennial Conference Baseball Team. Junior shortstop Conor Reynolds and senior second baseman Raul Shah both earned first team honors, while senior pitcher Carter Burns and senior catcher Mitch Weaver were named to the second team. In addition to earning a spot on the All-Centennial Team, Weaver was also named to the Centennial Conference Baseball All-Sportsmanship Team.

More Honors: Johns Hopkins placed two players on the CoSIDA Academic All-Disctrit II Team that was announced on May 5.
Pitcher Jake Enterlin, a graduate student, and second baseman Raul Shah, a senior, were both named to the team.
To be eligible for nomination, a student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.30 grade-point average and be a starter or key reserve on his team.
Enterlin and Shah are now on the ballot for national Academic All-America honors with that team scheduled to be announced on Wednesday, June 1.

A Streaky Bunch: Johns Hopkins has been a streaky team this season. The Blue Jays were just 1-5-1 in their first seven games before winning 11-of-13 to improve to 12-7-1.
After getting swept by eventual Centennial Conference Champion Haverford, the Blue Jays put together a 14-0-1 stretch to improve to 26-9-1.
The team cooled down the stretch as it is 2-4 in its last six games entering the NCAA Tournament.

Gunning for 30: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s NCAA Mideast Regional Tournament just two wins shy of 30 for the season. If the Blue Jays get two wins, it will mark the 17th time in school history that Hopkins has won 30 or more games in a season. Every 30-win season in school history has come under the direction of current head coach Bob Babb.

We’re Neutral: Johns Hopkins is 7-2 in neutral-site games this season and 18-8 in neutral-site games in the last two years.

Going Long: Johns Hopkins currently ranks fourth in the nation in home runs (44) and 12th in home runs per game (1.02) on the year.
Making that total even more impressive is the fact that the Blue Jays don’t have an individual player ranked among the top 30 in the nation in home runs.
What the Blue Jays do have is six different players who have hit four or more home runs on the year and four who have five or more. Junior Dan Albert leads the way with nine home runs, while Mitch Weaver has eight.
Weaver’s eight home runs came in just 31 games before he was lost for the season.

Getting Them Home: With a runner at third and less than two outs, the Blue Jays have done a great job of getting the run across. Hopkins ranks ninth in the nation in sacrifice flies with 29 on the year.

Deep Bullpen Pays Off: Head coach Bob Babb is not afraid to go to his bullpen as a number of players have seen extensive action out of the ‘pen.
In fact, six non-regular starters have made at least 11 appearances on the year with freshman Josh Hejka leading the way with 21 (all in relief). Other dependable arms out of the ‘pen include Ross Lazicky (18 appearances), Alex Ross (16), Preston Betz (13), Wyatt Lam (13) and Sean McCracken (11).
Hejka ranks 20th in the nation in overall appearances with his 21, a mark that also ties him for the national lead among freshmen.

Topping 300: For just the 10th time in school history, the Johns Hopkins pitching staff has amassed 300 or more strikeouts in a season. The Blue Jays’ 304 Ks on the year are the ninth-highest single-season total in school history.
Senior Carter Burns lead the staff with 72 strikeouts on the year, a mark that is tied for the 11th-highest total in school history. In all, six differernt players have 20 or more strikeouts on the year for the Blue Jays.

Take Your Base-Part I: Sophomore Mike Smith has been hit by a pitch a school-record 16 times this season, a total that ranks sixth in the nation entering the NCAA Tournament. Smith blew past the previous JHU record of 13, which was set by Dave Kahn in 2010. Kahn was the National Player of the Year in 2010.
As a team, the Blue Jays have been hit 46 times, while the JHU pitching staff has pegged an opposing batter 55 times.

Take Your Base-Part II: Junior Conor Reynolds has drawn a team-high 32 walks on the year, a total that ranks 19th in the nation and eighth on JHU’s single-season list.

- Additional Player Notes of Interest and Statistics Included in PDF Version Above -