BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Jack Halpin (Glastonbury, Conn.) drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh inning of game two as Babson College earned a split with Wheaton College in Saturday's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball doubleheader at Govoni Field. The Beavers won game two 6-4 after dropping the opener to the Lyons, 7-3.
Babson, which took two out of three in the weekend series, is now 10-8 overall and 4-2 in conference play, while Wheaton moves to 12-8 overall and 4-3 in the NEWMAC.
Halpin, senior Jake Weiss (Irvine, Calif.) and junior Adam Ayala (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) all finished with two hits for the Green and White. Sophomore Eric Jaun (Loveland, Ohio) and first-years Sean Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) and Jake Oliger (Newtown, Conn.) each drove in a run.
Sophomore Jared Sharkey (West Bridgewater, Mass.) went 2-for-5 with two RBI and classmate Tyler Walsh (Cumberland, R.I.) doubled and drove in one for Wheaton, which got a pair of hits from four different players. Junior Dan Southerland (Dartmouth, Mass.) struck out four and allowed just one run over 6.2 innings to earn his second win of the year on the mound.
After trading runs in the early innings, the Lyons went ahead for good on Walsh's RBI single in the top of the fourth. First-year Nick Raposo (Johnston, R.I.) executed a perfect squeeze bunt to score Walsh in the fifth, and Sharkey followed with an RBI single to extend the Lyons' lead to 4-1.
Walsh led off the sixth with a double and later scored, while Raposo drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 6-1 in the sixth. Down six runs, the Beavers left the bases loaded in the seventh before scoring twice on an RBI ground out by Jaun and a run-scoring double by Oliger.
Junior Teddy Carey (Upton, Mass.) dropped to 3-2 on the year for Babson after giving up five runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings.
Halpin went 2-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored, while junior Ryan Arena (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh for the Beavers. Sophomore Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.Y.) also had three hits and scored once in support of junior John Floegel (Summit, N.J.), who gave up three runs, all unearned, on five hits over 7.0 innings to move to 2-0 on the year.
Raposo was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI for the Lyons.
Arena plated Halpin with an RBI single in the first, Weiss came through with a two-out knock to drive in senior Owen Shea (Northborough, Mass.) in the second, and Halpin raced home on Jaun's sacrifice fly in the third to give the Green and White a 3-0 lead. Wheaton, which left the bases loaded in the second, took advantage of an error in the sixth to tie the game at 3-3 following back-to-back RBI singles by Walsh and sophomore Ty Calabro (Cumberland, R.I.).
Babson responded an inning later though, as McHale led off with a single and later scored on Halpin's base hit to make it 4-3. Arena then cranked his fourth home run of the season over the wall in right center to extend the lead to 6-3.
Sophomore Max Tannenbaum (Coral Springs, Fla.) retired the side in order in the eighth and junior Matt Cuneo (Ashland, Mass.) allowed just one run despite two walks and an error in the ninth to record his second save of the year.
Junior Jimmy Gowen (Brielle, N.J.) dropped to 1-1 on the year for the Lyons after giving up three runs on four hits in 2.1 innings of relief.
Both teams are back in action on Sunday as Babson visits Springfield for a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m., while Wheaton travels to Amherst for a 3:30 p.m. start.
• The Beavers are 20-42 all-time against Wheaton.
• Harrington extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a two-out, RBI single in the second game of game one.
• Halpin and Weiss both had two hits in all three games of the series.
• Arena went 6-for-15 at the plate with two doubles, two homers and four RBI.