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Baseball Sweeps Past North Central (Ill.) and Vassar, Extends Winning Streak to Four

Baseball Sweeps Past North Central (Ill.) and Vassar, Extends Winning Streak to Four

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.—The Babson College baseball team rallied for a 3-2 victory over North Central (Ill.) College and followed it up with a 12-9 win over Vassar College in a game that had been suspended on Saturday to stay unbeaten during its spring break trip on Sunday afternoon at North Charlotte Regional Park.

Babson, which has won four straight games, improves to 5-2 on the year. North Central (6-1) suffered its first loss of the season in Sunday's first game, while Vassar is now 4-5 overall.

Babson 3, North Central 2
Senior Edward Lehr (Byram Township, N.J.) drove in a pair of runs and classmate Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.) doubled and scored twice for the Beavers. Sophomore Peter Feinman (Virginia Beach, Va.) gave up two runs on six hits over six innings in a no-decision, while junior William Gallagher (Kingston, Mass.) picked up his first win of the year with two strikeouts in a perfect seventh inning. Senior Max Tannenbaum (Coral Springs, Fla.) recorded the final out of the game to earn his second save.

Senior Matt Sutherland (Cary, Ill.) and junior Colin Weilbacher (Bourbonnais, Ill.) both had two hits for the Cardinals. Sophomore Charlie Klemm (Darien, Ill.) settled for a no-decision after giving up two runs while striking out six in 6.1 innings, while classmate Patrick Schaefer (Grayslake, Ill.) was saddled with the loss after giving up one run in 1.1 innings of work.

North Central went on top 1-0 thanks to an RBI double by Weilbacher in the bottom of the first and doubled its advantage in the third on a solo homer by junior John Carmondy (Orland Park, Ill.). The Green and White cut its deficit to 2-1 in the fourth as senior Connor Gill (Sterling, Mass.) led off with a walk and raced home on sophomore Jake Oliger's (Newtown, Conn.) two-out double.

The Green and White pulled even in the sixth as McHale doubled and scored on an RBI single by Lehr two batters later, and then went ahead for good in the eighth. McHale started the frame with a four pitch walk, moved to second a sacrifice bunt by Gill, got to third on a wild pitch and scored on Lehr's sacrifice fly.

Sophomore Henry Leake (Burbank, Calif.) worked around a pair of walks to get out of the eighth and retired the first two batters he faced in the ninth before giving way to Tannenbaum, who struck out junior Ben Main (Morton, Ill.) on three pitches for the final out of the contest.

Babson 12, Vassar 9
Oliger went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored, while senior Eric Jaun (Loveland, Ohio) and junior Matthew Valente (Wyckoff, N.J) both had two hits and drove in a pair of runs for the Beavers. Lehr also had two hits and two RBI, and McHale and first-year Thomas Lapham (Charlestown, Mass.) both recorded a pair of hits and scored twice to go along with an RBI apiece in the victory.

Junior Daniel Bonfiglio (New York, N.Y.) went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI for the Brewers, who finished with 14 hits and seven different players drive in at least one run in the loss.

The Green and White jumped on top 3-1 in the second and then got a two-run triple from Jaun as part of a three-run third inning that extended its lead to 6-1. Vassar rallied though, sending 11 men to the plate and scoring six times in a fifth inning that included a two-run single by first-year Sam Brinster (Long Beach, N.Y.) and a two-run double by Bonfiglio to go in front 7-6.

The Beavers went back in front in the last of the six as Oliger came through with an RBI double and Valente followed with a two-run double to make it 9-7. Lehr added to the lead with an RBI knock to drive in McHale, and Oliger plated two more runs with a two-out, two-run single to center extending Babson's lead to 12-7 in the seventh.

First-year Andrew Garbarini (Lake Worth, Fla.) struck out five and gave up just two hits in 3.2 scoreless innings of relief to collect his first career victory for the Green and White.

Babson returns to action on Monday when it takes on Edgewood (Wis.) in Fort Myers at 1 p.m.

GAME NOTES
• The Beavers are now 2-0 all-time against Vassar and 1-0 against North Central.
• Babson recorded season highs of 12 runs and 13 hits in their win against the Brewers in game two on Sunday.
• The Green and White matched its season high for doubles (3) and extra-base hits (4) in the triumph over Vassar.

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