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Baseball Downs Wheaton, 11-2, in Series Opener

Baseball Downs Wheaton, 11-2, in Series Opener

NORTON, Mass.—Sophomore Connor Gill (Sterling, Mass.) tossed a complete game and senior Jack Halpin (Glastonbury, Conn.) drove in five runs as visiting Babson College defeated Wheaton College, 11-2, in the opener of a three-game New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball series on Friday afternoon at Sidell Stadium.

With its second consecutive win, Babson is now 9-7 overall and 3-1 in conference play, while Wheaton slips to 11-7 overall and 3-2 in the NEWMAC.

Halpin and junior Ryan Arena (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) both doubled and homered to pace the Beavers' 13-hit attack. Senior Jake Weiss (Irvine, Calif.) went 2-for-5 with three runs scored and sophomore Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.) had two hits and reached base four times in support of Gill (2-0), who allowed just two runs on six hits to go along with four strikeouts in his first career complete game.

Sophomore Jared Sharkey (West Bridgewater, Mass.) doubled and drove in a run for the Lyons. Junior Brady Furdon (Natick, Mass.) suffered the loss to drop to 3-1 on the year after allowing five runs on seven hits in 7.2 innings.

The Green and White jumped on top 2-0 in the top of the first on Arena's two-run homer to left center. The teams traded runs in the third before the Beavers extended their lead in the fifth. Weiss reached on an error, sophomore Adam Ayala (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) was hit by a pitch and Halpin drove them both in with a double down the right field line two batters later to make it 5-1.

Wheaton trimmed its deficit to 5-2 on Sharkey's RBI double in the last of the sixth, but Babson put the game away with a six-run ninth inning. Weiss singled and scored on a wild pitch and Halpin came through with the big blow, a three-run blast over the wall in right field, to help build an 11-2 advantage.

The teams will wrap up their three-game series on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. at Govoni Field in Babson Park.

GAME NOTES
•    Friday's win snapped a five-game losing streak for Babson against the Lyons.
•    First-year Sean Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) extended his hitting streak to nine games with a two-out RBI double in the top of the ninth.
•    Sophomore Nicholas Browne (Mount Laurel, N.J.) went 2-for-3 with a double, one of the season-high seven extra-base hits the Beavers recorded on Friday.
•    Babson's starting pitchers have allowed just three runs on 10 hits while striking out 17 batters in 25.0 innings over three games this week.

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