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Genaro Carries No-Hitter into 9th as Baseball Blanks Coast Guard, 8-0

Genaro Carries No-Hitter into 9th as Baseball Blanks Coast Guard, 8-0

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Michael Genaro (Greenwich, Conn.) retired the first 15 batters and came within two outs of a no-hitter as Babson College defeated the visiting Coast Guard Academy, 8-0, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball action on Wednesday at Govoni Field.

With the win, Babson is now 8-7 overall and 2-1 in conference play, while Coast Guard slips to 8-12 overall and 0-4 in the NEWMAC.

Genaro (2-0), who was making his first start since March 18, struck out four and faced just two batters over the minimum in a complete-game effort. Senior Jack Halpin (Glastonbury, Conn.) and first-year Sean Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) both drove in a pair of runs for the Beavers.

Senior Colton Cannon (Kennesaw, Ga.) allowed two runs on one hit and four walks in two innings for the Bears.

Senior Jake Weiss (Irvine, Calif.) plated junior Adam Ayala (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) and later scored on a two-out error to give the Green and White a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. The Beavers stranded nine baserunners over the first six innings before breaking the game open with a five-run seventh.

Junior Ryan Arena (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) led off the frame with a double and later scored on a base hit by sophomore Eric Jaun (Loveland, Ohio). Harrington followed with a two-run double and Halpin came through with his second run-scoring single in as many innings to make it 8-0.

Coast Guard got its first baserunner in the sixth when sophomore Jeremy Lhotka (Orange Park, Fla.) reached on an error to lead off the frame. Genaro struck out first-year Josh Nguyen-Domingo (San Ramon, Calif.) to start the ninth before Bears' junior Alex Murcoch (San Ramon, Calif.) spoiled his no-hit bid by legging out an infield single.

Babson returns to action on Thursday when it hosts Curry at 3:30 p.m., while Coast Guard visits Springfield to open a three-game series on Friday at 3:30 p.m.

GAME NOTES
•    The Beavers are now 57-22 all-time against Coast Guard and have won five straight meetings between the teams.
•    Genaro recorded the first shutout and complete game of his career with Wednesday's one-hit gem.
•    Babson, which recorded a five-inning no-hitter against Keene State in 2015, last held an opponent to just one hit on March 24, 2012 – a 2-0 win over MIT.
•    The Beavers drew a season-high 11 walks on Wednesday.

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