GAME ONE: No. 25 Wheaton 2 - No. 12 Babson 5
RECORDS: Wheaton (15-6, 6-1 NEWMAC) - Babson (17-2, 7-0 NEWMAC)
LOCATION: Norton, Mass. (Sidell Stadium)
- In a showdown of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference's (NEWMAC) top-25 teams, the Beavers of Babson College earned a 5-2 win over the Wheaton College baseball team Friday afternoon in game one of the three-game series.
- Wheaton got a 2-for-4 day out of Brody Ashley and Nick Raposo, while Jacob Studley ended the contest 3-for-5. Brian McHale and Eric Jaun both finished 2-for-4 for Babson.
- The pitching duel between Paul Prue of Wheaton and Michael Genaro of Babson, saw Prue throw 8.1 innings, giving up all five runs on nine hits while striking out five and walking just two. Genaro, who earned the win, threw for 8.0, surrendering both Wheaton runs on nine hits while striking out six. Max Tannenbaum picked up his fourth save of the season for the Beavers.
- After both pitchers got out of the first with just one hit allowed, Babson broke through with a three-hit second inning, that included a two-run home run from Jake Oliger. The home run picked up Sean Harrington who led off the inning with a double to right.
- Prue and Genaro combined for just six hits through the next four innings, before Babson struck again, this time with an RBI double down the left field line from Jaun.
- Wheaton countered in the bottom half of the seventh, earning two runs back on two hits and a Beaver error, making it a 3-2 contest. Both runs came across on a two-out single to center from Raposo that scored Ashley and Studley.
- After a hitless eighth inning, Babson extended its lead in the ninth with another two-run home run, this time from Nicholas Browne. Wheaton attempted to come back in the bottom half of the inning, but only managed to put one runner on base.
- Hits: Wheaton 9 / Babson 9
- Errors: Wheaton 1 / Babson 1
- RBIs: Wheaton 2 / Babson 5
- Left on Base: Wheaton 9 / Babson 5
- Walks: Wheaton 1 / Babson 2
- Strikeouts: Wheaton 7 / Babson 7
UP NEXT: Wheaton returns to action for the rest of the three-game series on Saturday, April 6 at Babson. Game one of the doubleheader is slated to begin at 12 p.m. with the second game set to begin around 3 p.m.