DANVERS, Mass.—Senior Michael Genaro (Greenwich, Conn.) tossed seven shutout innings and four different players drove in two runs as No. 10/10 Babson College cruised to an 11-1 victory over Emerson College to open a three-game New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball series on Friday afternoon at Pete Frates Diamond.
Babson, which has won eight consecutive games, improves to 25-4 overall and 13-2 in league play, while Emerson slips to 7-25 overall and 2-13 in the NEWMAC. With the postponement of Saturday's doubleheader, the three-game series will now wrap up with a pair of games in Babson Park on April 27.
Senior Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.) had two hits, including a double, and two RBI, while classmate Eric Jaun (Loveland, Ohio) tripled, drove in two runs and scored three times for the Beavers. Junior Alex DiMartino (Mahwah, N.J.) also had two hits and classmate Matt Valente (Wyckoff, N.J.) and first-year Sean Burychka (Mount Laurel, N.J.) each knocked in a pair of runs in the win.
Genaro (5-1) struck out four and scattered eight hits over 7.0 innings to win his fifth consecutive decision for Babson. He took advantage of double plays to end the second and sixth innings, and worked out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam in the fourth to lower his ERA to 1.00 on the year.
First-year Louie Davoilo (Worcester, Mass.) homered with one out in the eighth for the Lions only run of the game. Junior Sam Knox (Sturbridge, Mass.) started and fell to 1-6 on the year with the loss after giving up five runs on six hits in 5.0 innings.
The Green and White took a 1-0 lead on junior Sean Harrington's (Walpole, Mass.) sacrifice fly in the third, and got a two-out, two-run single from McHale in the fourth to make it 3-0. Jaun tripled to left to bring home Harrington with one out in the fifth, and then scored one batter later when Valente reached on an error extending the margin to 5-0.
Junior Zack Sette (Franklin, Mass.) plated Jaun with a sacrifice fly in the seventh, and Babson scored four times in the eighth without the benefit of a hit. Jaun was plunked with the bases loaded to bring home senior Edward Lehr (Byram Township, N.J.), junior Aidan Scott (South Glastonbury, Conn.) scored on Valente's sacrifice fly to center, and two more runs came home when the left fielder misplayed Burychka's fly ball to make it 10-0.
Scott drove in sophomore Jack Ward (Danvers, Mass.), who doubled to start the inning, with the Beavers' final run in the top of the ninth.
Babson returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts UMass Dartmouth at 3:30 p.m., while Emerson is off until next Saturday's doubleheader against the Beavers.
• The Beavers are 17-0 all-time against Emerson.
• Since suffering a 9-4 loss at then-third-ranked Trinity in San Antonio, Texas, on March 3, Babson has won 11 straight road games.
• Valente has now reached base in 20 consecutive games.
• During its eight-game winning streak the Beavers have score 11 runs on sacrifice flies.