BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Henry Curran (South Portland, Maine) allowed just one run and worked into the eighth inning as visiting Southern Maine defeated Babson College, 3-1, in non-conference baseball action Thursday afternoon at Govoni Field.
With the loss, Babson falls to 13-13 overall, while Southern Maine improves to 20-7 on the year with its 13th consecutive victory.
Sophomore Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.) extended his hitting streak to six with a first-inning single and senior Jack Halpin (Glastonbury, Conn.) went 1-for-3 with an RBI for the Beavers. Sophomore Edward Lehr (Byram Township, N.J.) took the loss on the hill to fall to 0-2 this spring despite allowing just one earned run on five hits over 6.0 innings.
Sophomore Zach Quintal (Eliot, Maine) went 2-for-5 with an RBI and classmate Kip Richard (Kennebunk, Maine) added a pair of hits for the Huskies. Curran (2-1) struck out six and allowed just four hits and a walk over 7.0 innings before sophomore Jake Dexter (Oakland, Maine) recorded the final six outs for his sixth save of the year.
Southern Maine broke a scoreless deadlock when junior Sam Stauble (Harrison, Maine) reached with a leadoff single through the and came home with the game's first run on a Babson error with two outs. The Huskies again scored with two outs in the sixth as first-year Dylan Hapworth (Winslow, Maine) was hit by a 1-1 pitch and moved to third on a single by Richard before coming home on Dexter's bunt single down the third-base line.
The Beavers cut their deficit to 2-1 in the bottom of the frame as senior Jake Weiss (Irvine, Calif.) walked with one out and later stole second before coming around on Halpin's two-out single to center. Southern Maine regained a two-run lead in the top of the seventh though, as sophomore Andrew Hillier (Bangor, Maine) walked to start the inning and later scored on Quintal's single to right center.
Curran retired seven consecutive batters on two occasions over the first six innings, while Dexter faced just five batters as the Huskies turned a pair of doubles plays over the final two frames.
Babson returns to action on Friday when it opens a three-game series against Emerson in Brockton at 3:30 p.m., while Southern Maine travels to Plymouth State for a doubleheader on Saturday at 12 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 6-10-1 all-time against the Southern Maine, with the road team having won each of the last five meetings.
• Babson turned three double plays on Thursday and have now turned 12, in addition to a triple play, over its last six outings.
• The Beavers' four hits on Thursday were the fewest since recording three in a 3-2 loss at defending national champions Trinity (Texas) back on March 3.
• For the first time this season, neither Babson nor its opponent recorded an extra-base hit.