NEWMAC Tournament Champions and NCAA Regional Finalists, Baseball Sets School Record with 13th Straight Win in National Tournament Opener
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Jake Weiss (Irvine, Calif.) and sophomores Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.) and Eric Jaun (Loveland, Ohio) combined for 10 of the team's 18 hits as the Babson College baseball squad opened NCAA Tournament play by defeating nationally-rnaked Salve Regina, 14-3, to record its school-record 13th straight win on May 18 in Harwich.
McHale had four hits, including a triple, and drove in four runs, while Weiss and Jaun both finished 3-for-5 with three RBI apiece for the Beavers. Fellow sophomore Connor Gill (Sterling, Mass.) smacked a pair of doubles and scored three runs in support of junior Teddy Carey (Upton, Mass.), who fanned four over seven innings to become the program's single-season strikeout leader.
Leading 7-3 after five innings, the Green and White put the game away with a six-run sixth. Jaun plated junior Ryan Arena (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) with an RBI single, and late scored on a bases loaded walk to make it 9-3. Weiss smacked a two-run single and McHale tripled to deep center to drive in two more runs for an 13-3 advantage.
The Beavers, who were just 13-13 overall following a 3-1 loss to Southern Maine on April 20, won their final five league games over the span of three days to earn a share of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season title and the second seed in the conference tournament. Babson swept both Wheaton and MIT to capture its first league tournament championship since 2009, and was tied with the 2010 squad for the most consecutive wins in program history entering the NCAA Tournament.
Despite losing to UMass Boston in their second game of the regional, the Beavers won three straight elimination games to set a school record with 29 victories. The Green and White advanced further than any team in program history before ultimately falling to the Beacons, 11-8, in the Harwich Regional final.