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No. 9 Baseball Sweeps WPI to Open NEWMAC Play

No. 9 Baseball Sweeps WPI to Open NEWMAC Play

BABSON PARK, Mass.—No. 9 Babson College scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning in game one and blew open game two with runs in each of the first five innings to finish off a sweep of visiting WPI in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball action on Saturday afternoon at Govoni Field.

The Beavers took the opener 2-1 before rolling to a 13-2 victory in game two.

Babson opens the season at 2-0 overall and 2-0 in league play, while WPI slips to 1-3 overall and in the NEWMAC.

GAME 1: Babson 2, WPI 1
Despite being limited to just three hits, the Beavers got a superb outing from senior Jordy Allard (Woodstock, Vt.). Juniors Sean Burychka (Mount Laurel, N.J.) and Josh Yellen (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) both singled and scored, while classmate Jack Pirkl (Brightwaters, N.Y.) and sophomore Patrick Manning (Weymouth, Mass.) each drove in a run.

Allard recorded a career-high nine strikeouts while allowing just one run on four hits over eight innings to pick up the win. He retired 14 of the final 15 hitters he faced allowing just a sixth-inning single to Andrew Brooks (Millis, Mass.). Senior Henry Leake (Burbank, Calif.) worked around back-to-back singles with a pair of strikeouts to earn the save for the Green and White.

The Engineers got on the board first in the fourth inning when a Martin McCormack (Quincy, Mass.) ground out to short brought home Jeffrey Brennan (Amsterdam, N.Y.) for the game's first run. WPI maintained the lead until the last of the seventh when the Beavers scratched a pair of runs to go in front for good. Burychaka led off with a single and later scored on Pirkl's bases loaded walk and Manning followed with a sacrifice fly to left that plated Yellen to make it 2-1 one batter later.

Everett Wonson (Wenham, Mass.) tossed five shutout innings of two-hit ball for the Engineers. Noah Pins (Holden, Mass.) took the loss after allowing two runs on a hit and three walks in two innings of relief.

GAME 2: Babson 13, WPI 2
The Babson offense came alive in game two, recording 11 hits and scoring all of its runs over the first five innings. Graduate student AJ DiFilipo (Peabody, Mass.) went 4-for-6 with a double and four RBI, Yellen doubled and drove in three runs as part of a two-hit game, graduate student Matthew Valente (Wyckoff, N.J.) was 2-for-2 with a double and two walks, and first-year Francis Kiely (Falmouth, Maine) hit his first career home run to lead the attack.

Junior Riley Teevens (Milton, Mass.) picked up his first career win in his first collegiate start giving up two runs, both unearned, and striking out two over 5.1 innings. Four relievers combined for seven strikeouts while allowing just one hit over the final 3.2 frames.

DiFillipo produced an RBI single in the first and drove in two more runs in the second before Kiely cranked a two-run homer to right to make it 5-0 in the third. DiFillipo drove in the first of four runs with a double down the right field line in the fourth and Yellen smacked a bases-clearing double down the left field line in the last of the fifth to extend the lead to 12-0.

Brennan had two hits, including a two-run double with two outs in the sixth to get WPI on the board. Matt Penkala (Warren, R.I.) started but didn't make it out of the second inning for the Engineers after giving up three runs on two hits and five walks.

Both teams return to action next Saturday at 12 p.m. as Babson travels to Coast Guard while WPI hosts crosstown rival Clark.

GAME NOTES
• The Beavers are now 53-25 all-time against WPI and have won six of the last seven games in the series.
• Allard is now 3-0 with a 2.61 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 20.2 innings in three career starts against the Engineers.
• Babson has won 10 straight NEWMAC regular season games dating back to April 10, 2019.
• The Beavers are 32-5 at Govoni Field since the start of the 2018 campaign.