BABSON PARK, Mass.— Jack Ward had two hits, including his first career home run, and scored twice to help No. 14/14 Babson College defeat visiting UMass Boston, 6-3, in non-conference baseball action on Thursday afternoon at Govoni Field.
UMass Boston 3, #14 Babson College 6
UMass Boston (13-9)
Babson College (19-4)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Junior Matthew Valente (Wyckoff, N.J.) went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, and six different players drove in a run for the Beavers. First-year Andrew Garbarini earned the win to improve to 3-0 allowing three runs, two of them earned, while scattering seven hits over 5.2 innings. Sophomores Ben Aleixo, Ryan Vatcher and Tyler Bell, who earned his second save, combined to toss 3.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Junior Anthony Cecere (Wakefield, Mass.) was 3-for-5 with a double, senior Nick Herzog (Riverhead, N.Y.) homered as part of a two-hit day, and classmate Eddie Riley (Quincy, Mass.) finished with a pair of singles for the Beacons. Junior Matt Demma (Worcester, Mass.) started and earned a no-decision after giving up one run on three hits over 4.0 innings, while classmate Chris Munro (Marshfield, Mass.) fell to 0-1 after giving up three runs on three walks and a single in 0.1 innings.
Ward tied the game with his first career home run, a solo blast to left center, in the third, and the Green and White took advantage of a pair of singles and three walks to take a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth. Senior Brian McHale drew a bases loaded walk to make it 2-1, classmate Edward Lehr followed with a sacrifice fly, and junior Sean Harrington smacked a base hit to left center to drive in Ward for a three-run cushion.
Herzog cut the UMass Boston deficit to 4-3 with a two-out, two-run blast to center to chase Garbarini in the top of the sixth, but Valente led off the bottom of the frame with a single and later scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Aidan Scott to make it 5-3 in the bottom of the frame. The Beavers tacked on another insurance run in the seventh as Harrington walked and scored on senior Eric Jaun's sacrifice fly to regain a three-run advantage.
Vatcher worked around a walk with a pair of strikeouts in the eighth and Bell got a foul pop up and a pair of fly outs in the ninth to secure the win.
- With the loss the Beacons saw their six-game win-streak over the Beavers come to an end
- UMass Boston has now won seven of their last nine meetings with Babson
- Herzog's home run marked the second of the year for the senior outfielder
- Demma's start the first of his career for the righty and marked a career-long outing with four complete innings.
- The Beacons finished with 10 hits, while the Beavers recorded eight
The Beacons will host Eastern Connecticut State University in a conference doubleheader at Monan Park. First pitch scheduled for 12 p.m.
Information for this release provided by Babson College Sports Information Department