Babson Hands Baseball Non-Conference Loss

BABSON PARK, Mass. First-years Jack Halpin and Owen Shea combined to go 7-for-10 with three extra-base hits, five runs scored and 12 runs batted in as Babson College defeated baseball by the final of 17-6, in non-conference baseball action on Thursday afternoon at Govoni Field.

With its second consecutive win, Babson moves to 11-10 on the year, while UMass Boston drops to 9-10.

Daniel Mantoni (Northbridge, Mass.) had a two-run double to go along with a sacrifice fly for the Beacons. Sophomore Adam Gutierrez (Springfield, Mass.) also tripled and drove in a run in the non-conference loss.

For the Beavers Shea was 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a career-high six RBI while Halpin had four hits, including a triple, and drove in a career-best six runs to pace the Beavers 17-hit attack. Brendan Collins had two hits and scored twice, and Dillon Gonzalez had a pair of hits, scored twice and drove in two runs.
After a scoreless first inning, Babson jumped on top with a four-run second. First-year Joe Barry doubled, sophomore George Crowley (Watertown, Mass.) was hit by a pitch and junior Chris Warren walked to load the bases. Shea then cleared the bases with a double down the left field line and scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly by Gonzlez to make it 4-0.
UMass Boston got one run back in the top of third, but a bases-loaded sacrifice fly, followed by a two-out double to right center by Shea gave the Beavers a 7-1 edge in the bottom of the frame. Gonzalez drove Shea home with an RBI single two batters later, and Halpin capped the inning with a two-run single through the right side to make it a 10-1 game.
The teams traded runs in the fourth and the Beacons scored three times in the fifth highlighted by a two-run double to left by Mantoni, cutting their deficit to 11-5. The Green and White answered back though, as Gonzalez walked and came in on Collins' triple, while Halpin followed with a single to plate Collins, pushing the lead back to 13-5.
Halpin capped off the day with a three-run double down the right field line in the seventh to put a wrap Babson's highest offensive output of the year.
Brody Loughlin earned the win for the Beavers to move to 3-0 on the season, giving up four runs on six hits while striking out four in five innings of relief.
Steve Roche (Worcester, Mass.), one of six UMass Boston pitchers to see action on the day, suffered the loss, allowing eight runs on six hits over 2 2/3 innings.
Baseball will host UMass Dartmouth on Saturday at noon at Campanelli Stadium.
Release provided by Babson College Sports Information Department