SAN ANTONIO, Texas—Junior Sean Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) recorded three hits and drove in a pair of runs as No. 18 D3baseball.com/No. 17 Collegiate Baseball Babson College suffered a 9-4 loss at No. 3 D3baseball.com/No. 4 Collegiate Baseball Trinity University in the finale of a three-game series on Sunday afternoon.
Babson (1-2) won on Saturday after dropping the opening game of the series on Friday, while Trinity improves to 8-3 on the year with Sunday's victory.
Senior Connor Gill (Sterling, Mass.) singled and scored twice, classmate Edward Lehr (Byram Township, N.J.) reached base twice and drove in a run, and junior Jake Oliger (Newtown, Conn.) doubled in the loss for the Beavers. Sophomore William Gallagher (Kingston, Mass.), who was making his first career start, gave up three earned runs over 1.1 innings, while sophomore Peter Feinman (Virginia Beach, Va.) shouldered the loss after allowing a run in 2.2 innings of relief.
Senior Jake Martin (Edmond, Okla.) went 2-for-3 with a double and three runs scored in support of classmate Ian Hussain (Minneapolis, Minn.) who improved to 1-2 after striking out nine and giving up four runs in 6.0 innings of work. Junior Rafe Chaumette (Sugar Land, Texas) drove in two runs as the Tigers had six players finish with an RBI in the victory.
Lehr drove in senior Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.) with an RBI single, Harrington plated Gill with an RBI knock, and Lehr scored on a throwing error to give the Green and White a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Trinity cut its deficit to 3-2 in the bottom of the frame, and went ahead 4-3 in the second thank to an RBI triple by Martin and a sacrifice fly by Chaumette.
Gill led off the third with a single and scored on Harrington's base hit to left, but the Tigers regained a 5-4 advantage in the bottom of the frame when first-year MJ Metz (San Diego, Calif.) singled and later scored on a double to right by sophomore Jack Wisniewski (San Antonio, Texas). The Beavers stranded a pair of runners in the top of the seventh and Trinity got RBI singles from junior Mason Meredith (Houston, Texas) and Chaumette as part of a three-run rally in the bottom of the frame to make it 8-4.
Trailing by five in the top of the ninth the Green and White loaded the bases behind a leadoff single by McHale and a pair of walks, but was unable to score.
Babson returns to action on March 15 when it faces Ohio Wesleyan in Port Charlotte, Fla., while Trinity travels to Mary Hardin-Baylor on Tuesday at 7 p.m. CST.
• The Beavers, who also opened the 2017 season at Trinity, are now 2-4 all-time against the Tigers.
• Gill batted .429 (6-for-14) with three stolen bases and had two multi-hit games, while Lehr and Harrington both hit over .400 and drove in three runs apiece in the weekend series at Trinity.
• Gill and Lehr extended their hitting streaks to 11 and nine games, respectively, on Sunday, while Harrington has now reached base in 18 straight contests going back to last year.
• Sunday's setback marked just the fifth time in the last 40 games that Babson has lost when scoring at least four runs.