Kucher, Miller Power Baseball To 15-3 Win At Keene State
KEENE, N.H. -– Seeking revenge for a 21-6 loss back on March 28th, the Babson College Beavers handed the Keene State College baseball team their first home loss of the season with a final score of 15-3 in seven innings.
With the loss, the Owls dropped to 21-8 on the season, while the victory improves the Beavers to 19-11 on the campaign.
Babson's 19-hit attack was led by junior Chris Kucher (Westwood, Mass.), who blasted two home runs, scored three times, and drove in three, and senior Billy Miller (Sagamore Beach, Mass.), who went 4-for-5 with a homer, four runs scored, and three RBIs. Senior Travis Jonasson (Needham, Mass.) chipped in with three hits and three runs, junior Conor Kortmann (Manalapan, N.J.) had three hits and two runs, and senior captain Sean Cleary (Milton, Mass.) joined junior John Botelho (Tempe, Ariz.) with two hits and three RBIs apiece.
Babson sophomore Derek Richards (Framingham, Mass.) went the distance for the Beavers, scattering eight KSC hits while striking out seven and issuing three walks to even his record at 3-3 for the season.
Starting the game for KSC, senior Nick Winn (W. Hartford, Conn.) totaled four innings of work, allowing eight hits and six runs with a strikeout in only four innings of work to drop to 2-1 on the year. The Owls bullpen couldn't contain the Babson offense either, combining for three innings, 11 hits and nine runs in the loss.
Keene State sophomore Andrew Gummow (Brookline, Mass.) was the only owl to collect multiple hits, finishing the day 2-for-3 in the designated hitter role.
Miller gave Babson a 2-0 edge with his fourth home run of the season in the second, and Kucher made it 3-0 with a solo shot - his third of the year - in the third. The Beavers later tacked on three more in the fourth, four in the fifth, and three in the sixth to build a 13-2 advantage before Kucher launched his second round-tripper of the day and fourth of the campaign to cap Babson's scoring in the seventh.
Now winners of five straight and nine of their last 10, the Beavers will now enjoy two days off before resuming play with a non-conference home game against Wentworth on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
NOTE: Portions of this story taken from a Keene State press release.