BABSON PARK, Mass.—No. 25/23 Wheaton College swept No. 12/8 Babson College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Govoni Field.
The Lyons (17-6, 8-1 NEWMAC) pounded out 15 hits on the way to a 9-3 win in the opener and followed it up with a 4-2 victory in the series finale to take two-of-three from the Beavers (17-4, 7-2 NEWMAC), who had won the opening game of the weekend 5-2 on Friday.
Game 1: Wheaton 9, Babson 3
Junior Jake Oliger (Newtown, Conn.) homered and first-year Thomas Lapham (Charlestown, Mass.) went 2-for-4 as the Beavers' 16-game winning streak came to an end. Senior Eric Jaun (Loveland, Ohio) and junior Sean Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) both singled and drove in a run, while classmate Michael Nocchi (Manasquan, N.J.) took the loss after giving up five runs, four of them earned, on seven hits over 5.1 innings to fall to 2-1.
Senior Jared Sharkey (West Bridgewater, Mass.) went 4-for-5 with a double, a homer, three RBI and four runs scored to lead the Lyons. Junior Bryant Salkind (Rochester, Mass.) and sophomore Brody Ashley (Stafford, N.H.) also finished with four hits apiece and each drove in a run in support of first-year Griffin Young (Dover, N.H.), who improved to 4-0 with the win. He allowed two runs while striking out seven over 5.2 innings before handing the ball to sophomore Justin Roberge (Chelmsford, Mass.), who got the final 10 outs to earn his first save of the year.
Oliger gave the Green and White a 1-0 lead with his fourth homer of the season in the bottom of the second, but Sharkey responded with a three-run shot to dead center in the top of the third to put Wheaton in front 3-1. The Beavers stranded a pair in both the third and fourth, and the Lyons added to their advantage when Salkind drove in Sharkey with a two-out single in the fifth.
Wheaton tacked on another run in the sixth and took advantage of three Babson errors to score three more times in the seventh to extend the margin to 8-2. Harrington drove in sophomore Jack Ward (Danvers, Mass.) with a sacrifice fly in the eighth, but Roberge got a strikeout and a groundout to limit any further damage.
Game 2: Wheaton 4, Babson 2
Senior Edward Lehr (Byram Township, N.J.) went 3-for-4, Lapham singled twice, and both Harrington and Jaun drove in a run for the Green and White. Sophomore Peter Feinman (Virginia Beach, Va.) took the loss after giving up three runs on five hits in 4.1 innings to fall to 2-2 on the season.
First-year Stephen Quigley (Halifax, Mass.) went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI, while senior Willy Boyd (Orleans, Mass.) singled and scored twice to lead the Lyons. Sophomore Gavin Reily (Bridgewater, Mass.) struck out four and allowed one run on seven hits in 5.0 innings to earn his first win of the year, and first-year Zach Clesas (Johnston, R.I.) did not allow hit over the final two frames to record his third save.
Babson took a 1-0 lead on Harrington's RBI single in the bottom of the first, but Wheaton responded with a three-run second inning that was highlighted by Quigley's double off the top of the wall in right center to take a two-run advantage. The Beavers stranded runners on the corners in the last of the fourth and junior William Gallagher (Kingston, Mass.) worked around an error and a walk to get out of the fifth after the Lyons loaded the bases with one out.
Clesas came on in relief following back-to-back singles by Lapham and Lehr to start the eighth and walked Harrington on four pitches to load the bases with no one out. The Green and White cut its deficit to 3-2 on Jaun's RBI ground out, but would get no closer as he retired the final six batters he faced, which included retiring the side in order in the ninth.
Babson is back in action on Monday when it hosts UMass Dartmouth at 3:30 p.m., while Wheaton takes on WPI on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 28-44 all-time against Wheaton and had won nine straight games in the series prior to getting swept on Saturday.
• Oliger, who extended his hitting streak to 22 games with his homer in game one, saw it come to an end after going 0-for-4 in game two.
• Prior to Saturday, Babson had won 11 consecutive games at home.
• Gallagher, who worked 2.2 scoreless frames in game two on Saturday, has allowed no runs on just two hits while striking out 14 over his last 10.2 innings of work.