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No. 8 Baseball Stays Unbeaten with Sweep of Coast Guard

No. 8 Baseball Stays Unbeaten with Sweep of Coast Guard

NEW LONDON, Conn.—No. 8 Babson College homered four times in the opener and doubled six times in game two on the way to sweeping the Coast Guard Academy in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Nitchmann Field.

The Beavers (4-0, 4-0 NEWMAC) won the opener 13-0 and followed it up with an 11-2 victory over the Bears (3-3, 3-3 NEWMAC) in game two.

GAME 1: Babson 13, Coast Guard 0
Senior Jack Ward (Danvers, Mass.), sophomores Michael Cook (Whitman, Mass.) and Patrick Manning (Weymouth, Mass.) and first-year Francis Kiely (Falmouth, Maine) all homered to pace the Beavers' 12-hit attack. Graduate student Matthew Valente (Wyckoff, N.J.) went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and junior Sean Burychka (Mount Laurel, N.J.) reached base three times and added two RBI in the victory.

Senior Jordy Allard (Woodstock, Vt.) was sharp for the second consecutive start, recording eight strikeouts and allowing just two hits over seven shutout innings to improve to 2-0. Graduate student Michael Nocchi (Manasquan, N.J.) fanned two over the final two frames to complete the shutout.

The Green and White took advantage of a pair of Coast Guard miscues to score with two outs in both the first and third innings before breaking the game open in the sixth. DiFillipo led off with a walk, junior Josh Yellen (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) singled to right with one out and Kiely blasted a three-run homer to center to extend the Babson lead to 5-0.

Burychka came through with a two-run single to center as part of a three-run seventh, and Ward led off the eighth with a solo homer to center extending the margin to 9-0. Cook and Manning both went deep in the ninth as each hit a two-run blast for the first homers of their respective careers.

Senior PJ Gravalec (Marietta, Ga.) got the start for Coast Guard allowing five runs, three of them earned, on five hits while striking out four over 6.0 innings to fall to 0-1 on the year.

GAME 2: Babson 11, Coast Guard 2
Valente doubled twice and drove in three runs, DiFillipo was 4-for-5 with two doubles and one RBI, and Cook and Lapham both recorded two hits and scored twice for the Beavers in the nightcap. Six different players drove in a run as junior Riley Teevens (Milton, Mass.) and four relievers combined to strikeout 10 Coast Guard batters.

Deadlocked at 1-1 going to the fourth, the Green and White exploded for seven runs in the middle innings to pull away. Kiely smacked a two-run double to left as part of a three-run fourth, while Valente had an RBI double and later scored to make it 6-1 in the fifth. Valente and DiFillipo both came through with two-out, run-scoring doubles in the sixth extending the margin to 8-1.

The Bears got a run back thanks to a passed ball in the last of the seventh, but Babson responded with RBI singles from Burychka and Cook as part of a three-run ninth.

Teevens (2-0) struck out four and scattered six hits while giving up just one run over five innings. Graduate student Ben Gottesman (Acton, Mass.), classmates Jack Theriault (Tewksbury, Mass.) and William Gallagher (Kingston, Mass.), and senior Henry Leake (Burbank, Calif.) fanned six while giving up just an unearned run in four innings out of the bullpen for the Beavers.

Senior Nate Ralph (Kingswood, Texas) did not make it out of the fifth inning after giving up five earned runs on six hits and three walks to drop to 1-1 on the year. Sophomore Blake Carroll (Land O'Lakes, Fla.), first-year John Carroll (Yardley, Pa.) and senior Dylan Donahue (Holderness, N.H.) finished with two hits apiece for Coast Guard in the loss.

Both teams return to action next Saturday at 12 p.m. as Babson hosts Springfield, while the Bears travel to Wheaton.

GAME NOTES
• The Beavers are 63-22 all-time against Coast Guard and have won 10 straight games in the series since 2016.
• Babson has allowed just seven runs in its last seven games against the Bears.
• The Beavers are 38-0 when allowing two runs going back to the start of the 2018 campaign.
• Babson's four home runs are its most since April 29, 2017, when it also hit four in a 10-2 NEWMAC Tournament victory over Wheaton.