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No. 21 Baseball Uses 11-Run Fifth to Pull Away from Plymouth State, 13-3

No. 21 Baseball Uses 11-Run Fifth to Pull Away from Plymouth State, 13-3

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Four different players finished with two hits and 21st-ranked Babson College scored 11 runs in the fifth inning on the way to defeating visiting Plymouth State University, 13-3, in non-conference baseball action on Monday afternoon at Govoni Field.

Babson, which has won eight consecutive games, improves to 9-2 on the year, while Plymouth State slips to 7-7 overall.

Senior Edward Lehr (Byram Township, N.J.) went 2-for-4 with a double and five RBI, while classmate Eric Jaun (Loveland, Ohio) had two hits, including a double, and drove in three runs for the Beavers. Fellow senior Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.) singled and scored twice, sophomore Alex Reynolds (Hopkinton, Mass.) chipped in with a pair of base hits, and junior Jake Oliger (Newtown, Conn.) walked four times and scored three runs in the victory.

First-year Andrew Garbarini (Lake Worth, Fla.) earned his first collegiate win allowing two earned runs on three hits while striking out four in 5.1 innings for Babson.

Senior Geoff Kayo (Londonderry, N.H.) went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI to lead the Panthers. Sophomore JP Somers (Hookset, N.H.) pitched well through four innings but was unable to escape the fifth and fell to 0-1 on the year. He gave up nine runs on six hits and six walks while striking out four in 4.1 innings.

Deadlocked at 1-1 going to the bottom of the fifth, the Green and White sent 16 men to the plate as part of its 11-run uprising. First-year Thomas Lapham (Charlestown, Mass.) singled to right to drive in senior Nicholas Browne (Mount Laurel, N.J.) with the go-ahead run, Lehr followed with a two-run single to center, and Jaun smoked a bases-loaded triple to left center two batters later to make it 7-1.

Jaun and junior Matthew Valente (Wyckoff, N.J.) both scored on wild pitches and Lehr capped the inning with a three-run double to the gap in right center extending the margin to 12-1.

Both teams return to action on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. as Babson hosts WPI, while Plymouth State takes on Keene State.

GAME NOTES
• The Beavers are now 6-5 all-time against Plymouth State.
• Babson's 11 runs in the fifth inning are the program's most since 2007 when it matched the single-inning record with 12 in the sixth against Clark. The Green and White also scored 12 runs in the second inning against Rochester in 2004 and the third inning against Coast Guard back in 2000.
• Jaun extended his hitting streak to 10 games and McHale has hit safely in eight straight contests.
• Babson has now won 25 of its last 26 home games dating back to April 22, 2017.

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