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No. 6/29 Baseball Rallies to Hand No. 2/4 Trinity First Loss, 8-6

No. 6/29 Baseball Rallies to Hand No. 2/4 Trinity First Loss, 8-6

SAN ANTONIO, Texas—No. 6/29 Babson College scored six runs over the final three innings to rally for an 8-6 victory over No. 2/4 Trinity College in game two of a three-game series on Saturday afternoon at the Trinity Baseball Complex.

With the win, Babson evens its record at 1-1, while Trinity falls to 8-1.

Senior Sean Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI, while sophomore Thomas Lapham (Charlestown, Mass.) finished 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored to lead the Beavers' 13-hit attack. Senior Matthew Valente (Wyckoff, N.J.) and junior Jack Ward (Danvers, Mass.) both doubled and finished with two hits apiece, and sophomore Sean Burychka (Mount Laurel, N.J.) added a pair of singles in the win.

Senior Michael Herrera (Phoenix, Ariz.) had three hits, while classmate Michael Goodrich (Gilbert, Ariz.) and juniors Jack Vonderhaar (Woodinville, Wash.) and Jack Wisniewski (San Antonio, Texas) all finished with two hits for the Tigers.

The Green and White took a 1-0 lead on senior Zack Sette's RBI single in the top of the fourth before Trinity answered with a Wisniewski sacrifice fly and an RBI knock by sophomore Michael Montrezza (Las Gatos, Calif.) to go in front 2-1. Harrington plated Lapham with a two-out double in the fifth, but the Tigers again responded getting an RBI double from Goodrich in the bottom of the frame and a two-run homer from sophomore Evan McDonald (Pflugerville, Texas) as part of a three-run six that extended their advantage to 6-2.

Ward led off the seventh with a double and scored two batters later on Lapham's RBI single to center. Harrington then ripped a double down the right field line that drove in both Lapham and first-year Jack Pirkl (Brightwaters, N.Y.) to make it 6-5. Burychka and Ward started the eighth with consecutive singles and Trinity misplayed Pirkl's sacrifice bunt allowing Burychka to race home with the tying run. Sophomore Matthew Sullivan (Shrewsbury, Mass.) then drove in Pirkl with a sacrifice fly to center that gave the Beavers a 7-6 lead.

Sette threw out the potential game-tying run following a two-out single to left in the bottom of the eighth, and Valente came through with an RBI double to right in the top of the ninth to help Babson tack on an insurance run.

Junior William Gallagher (Kingston, Mass.) earned his first win of the year in relief of classmate Jordy Allard (Woodstock, Vt.), who allowed five runs on 10 hits over 5.0 innings. Fellow junior Henry Leake (Burbank, Calif.) recorded the final four outs for his first career save.

First-year Cadhan McGahan (Davidson, N.C.) shouldered the loss to fall to 2-1 on the year after giving up two runs on three hits over 1.1 innings of relief. Senior James Nittoli (San Antonio, Texas) struck out five and allowed five runs on nine hits over the first 6.0 innings for Trinity.

The teams will wrap up their three-game series at 12 p.m. EST on Sunday.

• The Beavers are 3-5 all-time against Trinity.
• Eight of Babson's nine starters recorded at least one hit on Saturday.
• Oliger extended his streak of reaching base safely to 22 games with a ninth-inning walk, while Harrington has now been on base in 10 consecutive outings going back to last year.
• Four of the eight games between Babson and Trinity have been decided by two runs or less.