CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Junior Aidan Scott (South Glastonbury, Conn.) and first-year Thomas Lapham (Charlestown, Mass.) both had three hits and combined to drive in three runs as No. 14/14 Babson College defeated MIT, 7-2, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball action on Saturday afternoon at Fran O'Brien Field.
With its fourth straight win, Babson improves to 21-4 overall and 10-2 in league play, while MIT slips to 13-11-1 overall and 5-5 in the NEWMAC.
Junior Matthew Valente (Wyckoff, N.J.) was 2-for-4 with three runs scored, senior Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.) homered and junior Jake Oliger (Newtown, Conn.) doubled and scored as part of the Beavers' 10-hit attack. Classmate Michael Nocchi (Manasquan, N.J.) allowed just one run over 5.1 innings to improve to 3-1 on the year with the victory.
Sophomore Andrew Krause (St. Louis, Mo.) and classmate Ethan Rolland (Burke, Va.) each had two hits for the Engineers. Fellow sophomore Casey Bussone (Danvers, Mass.) suffered the loss on the hill to fall to 2-2 after giving up five runs, four of them earned, on eight hits in 7.0 innings of work.
McHale led off the game with a solo homer to left, and the Green and White extended its lead to 3-1 in the second thanks to a single to right by Scott and an RBI ground out by Lapham. Nocchi worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the third and Babson added to its lead in the top of the fourth as Valente singled with one out and came around to score on Lapham's two-out double down the left field line to make it 4-1.
Valente singled and scored again in the sixth and the Beavers tacked on two more insurance runs with two outs in the ninth as a passed ball on strike three to Valente allowed both Oliger and senior Edward Lehr (Byram Township, N.J.) to race home for a five-run cushion. Junior William Gallagher (Kingston, Mass.), who relieved Nocchi with one out in the sixth, allowed just junior Thomas Allison's (Kingwood, Texas) solo homer before sophomore Henry Leake (Burbank, Calif.) and senior Max Tannenbaum (Coral Springs, Fla.) closed the door over the final two frames.
Babson and MIT will wrap up their three-game series on Sunday at 12 p.m. in Cambridge.
• The Beavers are now 53-37-1 all-time against the Engineers and have won nine of the last 11 meetings between the squads going back to 2017.
• Prior to Allison's home run, Gallagher had not allowed a run since starting the final game at Trinity (Texas) back on March 3.
• Scott recorded the second three-hit game of his career, while Lapham now owns two three-hit outings this season.
• Valente extended his streak of reaching base safely to 16 games on Saturday.