Baseball Splits Season-Opening Doubleheader at No. 19 Trinity (Texas)

SAN ANTONIO—The Babson College baseball team opened its 2017 season by splitting a doubleheader with 19th-ranked Trinity University (Texas) on Friday night. The Beavers took game one behind a dominant pitching performance by junior Teddy Carey (Upton, Mass.), 8-4, while the defending Division III national champion Tigers scored in the bottom of the ninth to take the nightcap, 3-2.

GAME ONE
Carey gave up two unearned runs and just one hit while striking out nine over six innings to earn his first victory of the season. Senior Jack Halpin (Glastonbury, Conn.) hit a grand slam and junior Ryan Arena (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI for the Beavers.

Trinity took advantage of a pair of errors to go in front 2-0 in the bottom of the second, but the Green and White responded with a run in the third and then two more in the fourth on a two-run single by first-year Aidan Scott (South Glastonbury, Conn.). The Beavers left a pair of runners on in the fifth, but Halpin smacked a grand slam to right field in the sixth and Arena followed with a solo blast to left two batters later to make it 8-2.

Junior John Floegel (Summit, N.J.) allowed two runs, one of them earned, in two innings of relief, while classmate Matt Cuneo (Ashland, Mass.) worked a perfect ninth inning to finish off the win for Babson.

Senior Chris Tate (Chandler, Ariz.) struck out nine while giving up three earned runs on six hits over six innings for the Tigers to fall to 1-1 on the year.

GAME TWO
Sophomore Michael Genaro (Greenwich, Conn.) started and allowed a pair of unearned runs on just three hits while striking out six over six innings for the Green and White. Classmate Nicholas Browne (Mount Laurel, N.J.) went 2-for-3 with a double as Babson was limited to just three hits on the night.

First-year James Nittoli (San Antonio, Texas) gave up one earned run and struck out three in 6.1 innings for Trinity before giving way to senior Kevin Flores (Boulder, Colo.), who moved to 4-0 on the year with 2.2 perfect innings of relief.

The Tigers used a two-out error to jump on top 1-0 in the bottom of the first before Babson struck back for a pair of runs in the third. Junior David Lennon (Windermere, Fla.) led off with a walk and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Connor Gill (Sterling, Mass.), and junior Adam Ayala (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) raced home on a throwing error one batter later for a 2-1 lead.

Trinity tied the game in the last of the third when senior George Haaland (Edmond, Okla.) doubled and scored on error, and it remained deadlocked until the bottom of the ninth. Sophomore Jake Martin (Edmond, Okla.) led off the frame with a single, moved to second on an error and then advanced to third with one out on a fielder's choice. Beavers' senior Ken Rotunno (East Islip, N.Y.) struck out junior Blake Frampton (Abilene, Texas), but first-year Rafe Chaumette (Sugar Land, Texas) came through with pinch-hit single to center to plate Martin with the game-winning run.

Rotunno allowed just the one unearned run on three hits while striking out three in 2.2 innings of relief for Babson.

The Beavers will wrap up their three-game series at Trinity on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET.

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