Beavers Open 2020 Season by Taking Two-of-Three in San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO, Texas—No. 6/29 Babson College broke a 4-4 deadlock by scoring five times with two outs in the top of the ninth inning and went on to defeat No. 2/4 Trinity University, 9-5, in the finale of a three-game series on Sunday afternoon at the Trinity Baseball Complex.
With its second consecutive win, Babson (2-1) took two-out-of-three from Trinity (8-2), which had started the season with eight consecutive victories.
Sophomore Thomas Lapham (Charlestown, Mass.) had three hits, senior Sean Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) homered as part of a two-hit day, and classmate Aidan Scott (South Glastonbury, Conn.) went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI to lead the Beavers. Fellow senior Alex DiMartino (Mahwah, N.J.) also had two hits, while junior Jack Ward (Danvers, Mass.) drove in a pair of runs in the win.
Junior Mason Meredith (Houston, Texas) had three hits, classmate Jack Wisniewski (San Antonio, Texas) went 2-for-3 with a double and senior Michael Herrara (Phoenix, Ariz.) singled twice, walked once and drove in a run for the Tigers.
Harrington homered to right with two outs in the top of the first, but Trinity started the bottom of the frame with three straight hits and went in front 2-1 on junior Jack Vonderhaar's (Woodinville, Wash.) sacrifice fly. Senior Matthew Valente (Wyckoff, N.J.) scored on Scott's RBI double to tie the game in the second and then gave the Green and White a 3-2 lead in the third with a two-out single to drive in Lapham from third.
Babson senior Michael Nocchi (Manasquan, N.J.) got a double play to erase a leadoff walk in the bottom of the fourth but allowed three straight extra-base hits as the Tigers went back in front 4-3 on sophomore Michael Montrezza's (Los Gatos, Calf.) double. The Beavers were held to just two hits from the fourth through seventh innings but pulled even on Ward's two-out RBI knock in the eighth and then sent 11 men to the plate in the top of the ninth to break the game open.
Harrington started the two-out rally with a single to right before Trinity senior Branden Hance (Tucson, Ariz.) hit three consecutive batters to force him in with the first run of the frame. DiMartino, Ward and first-year Jack Pirkl (Brightwaters, N.Y.) drew three consecutive bases-loaded walks and Lapham came through with an infield single in his second at-bat of the inning to give the Green and White a 9-4 lead.
Senior Jack Theriault (Tewksbury, Mass.) recorded a pair of strikeouts in the eighth inning to earn his first career win. He was part of a group of five Babson relievers that allowed just one run on four hits over the final 5.1 innings in relief of Nocchi, who gave up four runs over 3.2 innings in his first start of the year.
Hance (1-1) struck out eight but hit four batters and allowed six runs over 6.0 innings of relief. Tigers' junior Brian Cardone (Katy, Texas) lasted just 2.2 innings after giving up three runs on three hits.
The Beavers return to action on March 13 when they take on Baldwin Wallace at 3 p.m. in Port Charlotte, Fla. Trinity will travel to Hardin-Simmons on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
• Babson is 4-5 all-time against Trinity and took two-of-three games from the Tigers for the first time in three visits to San Antonio.
• Harrington batted .467 (7-of-15) with two doubles, a homer and four RBI in three starts over the weekend.
• Over the final two games of the series, the Babson bullpen allowed just two earned runs on eight hits in 9.1 innings of work.
• The Beavers scored 14 of their 23 runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.