Baseball Falls to Clark, 8-3

Baseball Falls to Clark, 8-3

WORCESTER, Mass.—Babson College senior Owen Shea (Northborough, Mass.) tied the game with a three-run homer in the sixth inning, but Clark University responded with five runs over the final two innings to defeat the Beavers, 8-3, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball action on Tuesday afternoon at the Granger Baseball Diamond.

With the loss, Babson falls to 10-9 overall and 4-3 in the NEWMAC, while Clark improves to 20-8 overall and 5-5 in conference play.

Sophomore Eric Jaun (Loveland, Ohio) went 4-for-4 with a double and a run scored for the Beavers, who stranded 10 runners on base. Sophomore Michael Genaro (Greenwich, Conn.), who tossed a one-hitter against Coast Guard last week, gave up five runs on 11 hits over 6.2 innings and dropped to 2-1 with the loss.

Junior Kyle Bonicki (Waterbury, Conn.), who went 3-for-5 with a pair of extra-base hits, classmate Teddy Downing (Cambridge, Mass.) and senior Adam Chochrek (Foxboro, Mass.) all drove in a pair of runs for the Cougars. Downing also recorded his fifth save of the season with a pair of shutout inning. Senior Joe Gouveia (Nashua, N.H.) worked a scoreless seventh to earn his first win in relief of junior Conor Walsh (Marstons Mills, Mass.), who gave up three runs on seven hits over six innings.

The Green and White stranded a pair of runners and the first and loaded the bases with one out in the fourth before Walsh escaped the jam with back-to-back strikeouts. First-year Derek Lefebvre (Groton, Mass.) homered to spark a three-run fifth inning for Clark, but Shea followed with a three-run blast in the top of the sixth to tie the game at 3-3.

Genaro retired the side in order in the bottom of the frame, but the Cougars went ahead for good on Bonicki's two-run homer to center with one out in the seventh. The hosts tacked on three more insurance runs with two outs in the bottom of the eighth.

Babson returns to action on Thursday when it hosts UMass Boston on Thursday at 3:30 p.m., while Clark opens a three-game series against Springfield on Friday at 3:30 p.m.

GAME NOTES
•    Despite Tuesday's loss, the Beavers are 56-19 all-time against Clark.
•    Jaun's four-hit game was the first of his career and just the second this season for Babson. He is now 8-for-13 with two doubles, a homer and six RBI in three games against the Cougars.
•    The Beavers played with heavy hearts on Tuesday following the passing of sophomore Daniel Cooney (Verona, N.J.) over the weekend.

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