PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.—Junior Michael Nocchi (Manasquan, N.J.) allowed just one run over six innings and five different players drove in a run to help Babson College defeat Eastern Connecticut State University, 7-1, in non-conference baseball action on Saturday afternoon at the North Charlotte Regional Park.
Babson, which had its opening game of the day against Vassar halted by rain in the second inning, improves to 3-2 on the year. Eastern Connecticut had its two-game winning streak snapped and is now 2-4 on the season.
Seniors Eric Jaun (Loveland, Ohio) and Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.) and junior Alex DiMartino (Mahwah, N.J.) all had two hits, while classmate Aidan Scott (South Glastonbury, Conn.) singled and drove in a pair of runs for the Beavers. Nocchi (1-0) struck out six and scattered seven hits for the Green and White.
Senior William Coleman (Northford, Conn.) had two hits and Alexander White (West Hartford, Conn.) singled, walked twice and drove in a run for the Warriors. Junior John Parker (Brunswick, Maine) shouldered the loss to drop to 0-2 after giving up four runs, three of them earned, on eight hits while fanning four in 5.1 innings.
Senior Connor Gill (Sterling, Mass.) scored on a wild pitch in the first and the Green and White went in front for good when McHale reached on an error and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by junior Sean Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) in the bottom of the third. Jaun and junior Matthew Valente (Wyckoff, N.J.) opened the sixth with back-to-back singles and Scott followed a sacrifice bunt by DiMartino with a two-run knock to make it 4-1.
The Beavers loaded the bases without the benefit of a hit in the seventh and then got RBI singles from Jaun and DiMartino, as well as a sacrifice fly from Valente extended the lead to six.
Nocchi retired the first seven Eastern Connecticut batters he faced and did not allow a runner past second base after giving up a run in the third. Junior William Gallagher (Kingston, Mass.), sophomore Henry Leake (Burbank, Calif.) and senior Max Tannenbaum (Coral Springs, Fla.) did not allow a hit while striking out two and walking two over the final three innings.
Babson returns to action on Sunday when it takes on North Central (Ill.) at 11 a.m. and Vassar at 2 p.m. in Port Charlotte.
• The Beavers are now 5-8 all-time against Eastern Connecticut.
• In two starts this season, Nocchi has allowed just one earned run while striking out 13 batters in 13.0 innings.
• Junior Jake Oliger (Newtown, Conn.) extended his hitting streak to eight games, while Harrington has now reached base safely in 20 consecutive outings.