NORTON, Mass. – A six run ninth inning pushed the visiting Babson College Beavers past the Wheaton College baseball team, 11-2, Friday afternoon in game one of the three game New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) series.
The Beavers (9-7; 3-1 NEWMAC) were paced by a complete game win from Connor Gill. Gill gave up just two runs on six hits, while striking out four in his nine innings of work. Junior Brady Furdon collected the loss for the Lyons after pitching 7.2 innings, giving up five runs on seven hits.
Babson shortstop Brian McHale ended the contest 2-for-2 from the plate, while Nicholas Brown ended the day 2-for-3.
Wheaton, who ended the contest with six hits, were led by a 2-for-4 performance from shortstop Josh LaJoie.
Babson took the early lead and never looked back, posting two runs in the first inning with a two-out home run to left center from Ryan Arena. McHale also came around to score on the homer. McHale knocked in the Beavers next run in the top of the third with an RBI single to right that brought around Jake Weiss.
Trailing 3-0 heading into the bottom half of the third inning, Nick Raposo picked up an RBI with a ground out to short that knocked in Chris Ruocco. Ruocco led off the inning with a single to left, which was followed by a single to center from LaJoie. Both players moved into scoring position moments later on a sacrifice bunt from Matt Cook, that allowed Raposo to knock in a run.
The Beavers made it a 5-1 game in the fifth with two runs coming around to score on a double down the right field line from Jack Halpin.
Jared Sharkey earned a run back for the Lyons in the bottom of the sixth with a double down the left field line that scored Cook.
Babson blew the game wide open in the ninth with Weiss coming around to score on a wild pitch, before Halpin cleared the bases with a three-run home run to right. A single from Mark Weber knocked in another run, before back-to-back two out doubles brought in Jake Oliger.
Wheaton tried the comeback in the ninth, putting a runner on base with one out, but the Beavers ended the contest with consecutive outs.
The two sides return to action on Saturday, April 8 for game two and three of the series at Babson Park. Game one is set for 12 p.m.