BABSON PARK, Mass.—Babson College junior Mark Webber (Norwell, Mass.) smacked a three-run homer, but visiting WPI countered with three home runs and turned four double plays on its way to defeating the Beavers, 11-4, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball action on Monday at Govoni Field.
With the loss, Babson is now 12-12 overall and 6-5 in conference play, while WPI improves to 21-8 and 10-3 with its seventh consecutive victory.
Sophomore Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.) went 3-for-5 with a double and Webber finished with his second straight two-hit game for the Beavers. Sophomore Eric Jaun (Loveland, Ohio) scored a pair of runs and junior Adam Ayala (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) added a ninth-inning triple in the loss.
Graduate student Anthony Capuano (Stoneham, Mass.) and sophomore Ryan Tropeano (Pembroke, Mass.) both homered and finished with three hits apiece for the Engineers. Senior Nick Comei (Haverhill, Mass.) contributed three hits, while junior Matt Howard (Worcester, Mass.), who also homered, and sophomore Steven Gallagher (Coventry, R.I.) each chipped with a pair of knocks.
After a scoreless first inning, WPI struck for five runs in the top of the second. First-year David Larson (Port Tobacco, Md.) got the uprising started with a run-scoring single up the middle to plate Capuano and scored two batters later on a fielder's choice. The Engineers netted three more runs as a Comei RBI single to center was sandwiched between a run-producing error and passed ball.
Babson answered back in the bottom half of the frame when Webber smashed a three-run homer to right to drive in Jaun and first-year Sean Harrington (Walpole, Mass).
WPI went to the long ball themselves in the top of fourth as Tropeano led off with a blast to center and Howard deposited a two-run shot over the wall in left center. The guests increased the advantage to 10-3 in the top of the fifth Gallagher (Coventry, RI) brought home Tropeano with a single to center and Comei scored on an error.
The Beavers got a run back in the bottom of the fifth on a RBI fielder's choice by junior David Lennon (Windermere, Fla.) that scored Jaun. Capuano help the Engineers get the margin back to seven when he led off the eighth with a home run to right center.
First-year Keith Scales (Upper Marlboro, Md.) earned the win on the mound for WPI to improve to 3-1 on the season. The rookie right-hander allowed three earned runs and fanned in six innings of work. Classmate Matt Woods (Wilmington, Mass.) tossed three scoreless innings of relief to notch his first career save. John Floegel (Summit, NJ) took the loss for the Beavers, yielding four earned runs and fanning three in four innings on the mound.
Babson returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Clark at 3:30 p.m., while WPI takes on MIT on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
• The Beavers are 46-24 all-time against WPI, but have now dropped three straight to the Engineers.
• Monday's loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Babson on Patriots' Day.
• Monday's contest was the start of an eight games in seven day stretch that culminates with back-to-back doubleheaders against Emerson and Springfield this coming weekend.
Note: Portions of this release courtesy of WPI.