SAN ANTONIO, Texas—Senior Rafe Chaumette (Sugar Land, Texas) contributed a two-run triple as part of a four-run sixth inning that helped No. 2/4 Trinity College defeat No. 6/29 Babson College, 10-6, in the opener of a three-game series on Friday night.
Babson opens the season at 0-1, while Trinity stays unbeaten and improves to 8-0 on the year.
Sophomore Matt Sullivan (Shrewsbury, Mass.) went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI, while junior Jack Ward (Danvers, Mass.) finished with three hits, an RBI and a run scored for the Beavers. Seniors Sean Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) and Zack Sette (Franklin, Mass.) each recorded two hits, and classmate Alex DiMartino (Mahwah, N.J.) walked twice and scored three times in the loss.
Junior Tyler Pettit (Round Rock, Texas) went 3-for-5 with a double, a homer and three RBI to pace the Tigers. Classmate Jack Vonderhaar (Woodinville, Wash.) also went 3-for-3 with a triple, two walks, an RBI and three runs scored in the win.
The Green and White took advantage of an error, a wild pitch and an RBI single by Sullivan to take a 3-0 lead in the top of the second. Trinity answered in the bottom of the frame though, as sophomores Evan McDonald (Plfugerville, Texas) and MJ Metz (San Diego, Calif.) came through with two-out RBI singles to cut the deficit to 3-2.
The Tigers pulled even on Vonderhaar's RBI triple in the last of the third, but the Beavers went back in front 4-3 on Ward's two-out single to right in the fifth. Trinity pulled even on an RBI single by junior Mason Meredith (Houston, Texas) in the bottom of the frame before Pettit sparked a four-run sixth with his RBI double to drive in the go-ahead run on the way to building an 8-4 advantage.
Sullivan's RBI double with two outs in the top of the seventh cut into Babson's deficit, but Pettit answered by drilling a two-run homer to left in the bottom of the inning to put the game away.
Bell (0-1) suffered the first loss of his career as a starter allowing five earned runs on 10 hits while striking out three over 5.0 innings. The Beavers chased Trinity starter Corey Cater () after he allowed three runs, all unearned, on six hits and four walks in 4.0 innings. Senior Matthew Thomas (Scottsdale, Ariz.) picked up the win for the Tigers, giving up two runs while striking out four over 3.1 innings of work.
Babson finished with 12 hits and drew 10 walks on the night, but stranded 14 runners on base.
The Beavers will meet Trinity for game two of the three-game set on Saturday at 3 p.m. EST on Saturday.
• Babson is 2-5 all-time against Trinity.
• Senior Jake Oliger reached base for the 21st consecutive game with a first-inning walk, while Harrington extended his on-base streak to nine games with a first-inning single.
• Seven of the Beavers' nine starters reached base multiple times on Friday.