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Offense Carries No. 19 Baseball Past Curry for 11th Straight Win, 10-7

Offense Carries No. 19 Baseball Past Curry for 11th Straight Win, 10-7

MILTON, Mass.—Five players recorded multi-hit games and the trio of junior Alex DiMartino (Mahwah, N.J.), classmate Sean Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) and first-year Thomas Lapham (Charlestown, Mass.) combined to drive in seven runs as 19th-ranked Babson College defeated Curry College, 10-7, in non-conference baseball action on Thursday afternoon at Jack Valley Diamond.

With its 11th consecutive victory, Babson improves to 12-2 on the year, while Curry slips to 5-9-1 with its second straight loss.

DiMartino singled, walked twice and drove in a season-high three runs, while both Lapham, who doubled twice, and Harrington finished with two RBI apiece for the Beavers. Senior Connor Gill (Sterling, Mass.) went 3-for-5 with a double, junior Jake Oliger (Newtown, Conn.) hit a solo home run as part of a two-hit day, and senior Eric Jaun (Loveland, Ohio) and junior Matthew Valente (Wyckoff, N.J.) recorded two hits apiece in the win.

Junior Jared Keller (Oxford, Conn.) went 4-for-5 with a double and three RBI, while first-year Julian Jaume (Brooklyn, N.Y.) finished 2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and three runs batted in to lead the Colonels.

Harrington scored on a ground out in the first, Gill stroked an RBI double in the second, and the Green and White added three more runs in the top of the fifth thanks to a homer by Oliger and a two-out, two-run single by DiMartino to build a 5-0 advantage. Curry quickly erased its deficit in the bottom of the frame though, as Jaume and Keller both produced two-run singles as part of a five-run inning to tie the game.

The Beavers regained the lead in the sixth as Harrington drove in Lapham with a single up the middle and later scored on Jaun's two-out RBI knock to make it 7-5. DiMartino plated Valente with a sacrifice fly and Lapham came through with a two-out, two-run double as part of a three-run seventh that extended the margin to 10-5.

First-year Nate Carpenter (Groveland, Mass.) allowed just one hit over the first four innings of his first collegiate start, but was able to retire just one batter in the fifth before handing the ball to sophomore Ben Aleixo (North Smithfield, R.I.), who went 0.2 innings to earn his first win of the year. Junior William Gallagher (Kingston, Mass.) and sophomores Henry Leake (Burbank, Calif.) and Tyler Bell (Abington, Mass.) gave up just one hit while striking out four in three scoreless innings of relief.

Sophomore Garrett Fosher (Exeter, N.H.) started and gave up five runs on six hits in 4.2 innings for Curry. Classmate Philip Ledwith (Old Saybrook, Conn.) suffered the loss to fall to 0-1 after getting tagged for five runs on six hits in 1.2 innings of relief.

Both teams return to action on Saturday at 12 p.m. as Babson travels to Coast Guard for a doubleheader, while the Colonels visit Endicott for a twin bill.

• The Beavers are 12-7 all-time against Curry and have won six of the last seven meetings between the teams.
• All nine of Babson's starters recorded at least one hit for the third consecutive outing, and eight players scored a run in Thursday's win.
• Oliger has a hit in 14 straight games, Jaun extended his hitting streak to 13, and senior Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.) recorded a ninth-inning base hit to push his streak to 10 games.
• Babson's five doubles in Thursday's win are its most in a game this season.