NEW LONDON, Conn.—No. 19 Babson College rallied for a one-run win in the opener and got a superb pitching performance from junior Michael Nocchi (Manasquan, N.J.) in game two on the way to sweeping a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at the Coast Guard Academy.
Babson (14-2, 5-0 NEWMAC), which has won 13 consecutive games, took game one 4-3 and then defeated Coast Guard (9-8, 1-4 NEWMAC), 4-0, in the nightcap.
Game 1: No. 19 Babson 4, Coast Guard 3
Senior Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.) went 3-for-5 with an RBI and classmate Eric Jaun (Loveland, Ohio) doubled and scored twice to lead the Beavers' 10-hit attack. Fellow senior Nicholas Browne (Mount Laurel, N.J.) also drove in the go-ahead run in support of classmate Michael Genaro (Greenwich, Conn.), who earned the win to improve to 2-1 after giving up three runs and scattering 10 hits while striking out two in 6.0 innings.
Sophomore Tom Ankers (Manassas, Va.) was 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI, senior Will Stephens (Raleigh, N.C.) hit a two-run homer, and first-year Cody Fidler (Temple, Pa.) singled three times and walked once for the Bears. Sophomore PJ Gravalec (Marietta, Ga.) was the hard-luck loser falling to 0-2 on the year after giving up four runs on eight hits to go along with five strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work.
Down 2-0 after Stephens' two-run bomb in the first, Jaun doubled and scored and McHale came through with a two-out RBI single to tie the game in the top of the second. Ankers put Coast Guard back in front 3-2 in the bottom of the frame only to see the Green and White take the lead for good with a two-run sixth.
Oliger drew a one-out walk and scored the tying run one batter later when Jaun laced his second double of the day to left. Gravelec got a grounder to second for the second out of the inning, but Browne followed with a double to right that brought in Jaun to give the Beavers a 4-3 lead.
Junior William Gallagher (Kingston, Mass.) struck out two while not allowing a hit in two innings of relief before handing the ball to senior Max Tannenbaum (Coral Springs, Fla.), who retired the side in order in the ninth for his third save.
Game 2: No. 19 Babson 4, Coast Guard 0
Sophomore Jake Oliger (Newtown, Conn.) drove in three runs and Nocchi tossed eight shutout innings, striking out seven and allowing just two hits to move to 2-0 on the season. First-year Thomas Lapham (Charlestown, Mass.) reached base three times and scored twice, and junior Aidan Scott (South Glastonbury, Conn.) tripled and scored in the victory.
Junior Brett Sullivan (Granby, Mass.) slipped to 1-4 on the year despite fanning seven and allowing just one earned run on five hits over 7.0 innings for Coast Guard.
Babson took advantage of a pair of errors to jump on top 1-0 in the first, and then doubled its advantage on Oliger's sacrifice fly in the sixth. The Beavers tacked on two more insurance runs in the eighth after loading the bases thanks to a two-out single by Oliger to make it a four-run game.
The runs were more than enough for Nocchi, who set down the first 10 batters he faced before Ankers singled to center for the Bears with one out in the fourth. The only other hit Nocchi allowed was an infield single to junior Jon Pressley (Austin, Texas) to start the fifth before promptly retiring the final 12 hitters that came to the plate.
Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to WPI at 3:30 p.m., while Coast Guard hosts Castleton in a doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 10 a.m.
• The Beavers are 61-22 all-time against Coast Guard and have won nine straight in the series since 2016.
• With a single in each contest, Oliger extended his hitting streak to 18 games going back to the end of last season.
• Babson's 13-game winning streak is tied with Concordia Chicago for the longest current run without a loss in Division III, and is also one shy of the single-season program record set last year.
• Genaro's win in game one of Saturday's doubleheader was the 20th of his career, leaving him one shy of Sam Kilpatrick's '97 program record of 21.