BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Peter Feinman (Virginia Beach, Va.) recorded a career-high nine strikeouts over six innings and 19th-ranked Babson College scored eight runs with two outs in a 9-2 victory over visiting Framingham State University on Wednesday afternoon at Govoni Field.
Babson, which has won 10 consecutive games, improves to 11-2 on the year, while Framingham State drops to 6-8 on the year with its fourth straight loss.
Junior Matthew Valente (Wyckoff, N.J.) went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI, classmate Jake Oliger (Newtown, Conn.) had two hits and scored twice, and sophomore Alex Reynolds (Hopkinton, Mass.) hit a two-run homer for the Beavers. Senior Eric Jaun (Loveland, Ohio) also had two RBI in support of Feinman, who improved to 2-0 after giving up just one run on his hits to win his second consecutive start.
Junior Bobby Higgins (Barnstable, Mss.) went 2-for-4 at the plate and classmate RC Goodman (Springfield, Mass.) drove in a run for the Rams. First-year Anthony Panza (Watertown, Mass.) shouldered the loss to fall to 0-1 after giving up eight earned runs in 3.0 innings. Four relievers combined to record six strikeouts while giving up just three hits over the final five frames.
The Green and White jumped on top by scoring four times with two outs in the bottom of the first. Junior Sean Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) drove in first-year Thomas Lapham (Charlestown, Mass.) with a single to center and scored on Oliger's double to the wall in center, while Jaun and Valente followed with back-to-back RBI singles for a 4-0 advantage.
Framingham State got on the board in the top of the third when senior Andrew Dembrowski (Natick, Mass.) scored following a leadoff double, but the Beavers responded with a five-spot in the bottom of the frame. Jaun drove in Harrington with a sacrifice fly and Reynolds cranked a two-run homer, the first of his career, as Babson scored four times with two outs to extend its lead to 9-1.
Sophomore Tyler Bell (Abington, Mass.) struck out the side in the seventh and juniors Jack Theriault (Tewksbury, Mass.) and Hunter Salem (Florence, Mass.) combined for three more over the final two innings as the Babson pitching staff combined to fan a season-high 15 batters.
Babson returns to action on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. when it travels to Curry, while Framingham State begins a three-game series with MCLA on Friday at 11 a.m. in Northborough, Mass.
• The Beavers are 31-28 all-time against Framingham State although the programs have met just twice over the last seven years.
• Babson has now had a winning streak of at least 10 games in three consecutive seasons.
• Oliger (13 games), Jaun (12) and Lehr (10) all extended their hitting streaks, and all nine of the Beavers' starters recorded at least one hit over the first four innings.