BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Edward Lehr (Byram Township, N.J.) went 4-for-4 with a home run and four RBI to help No. 7/8 Babson College defeat visiting Western New England University, 16-4, in non-conference baseball action on Monday afternoon at Govoni Field.
With its 12th win in the last 13 games, Babson improves to 29-5 overall, while Western New England dips to 22-12 overall.
Senior Nicholas Browne (Mount Laurel, N.J.) went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI, junior Jake Oliger (Newtown, Conn.) doubled as part of a three-hit day and drove in two runs, and classmate Matthew Valente (Wyckoff, N.J.) went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks two RBI and three runs scored for the Beavers. Junior Alex DiMartino (Mahwah, N.J.) also doubled and drove in two runs, while senior Connor Gill (Sterling, Mass.) singled and scored twice in the win.
Sophomore Jordy Allard (Woodstock, Vt.) struck out seven and gave up just one earned run while scattering five hits over 5.0 innings to improve to 6-0 on the year for Babson. Junior William Gallagher (Kingston, Mass.) and sophomore Henry Leake (Burbank, Calif.) struck out the side in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively, for the Beavers.
Junior Zac Nussbaum (Bridgewater, Mass.) went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, classmate Kevin Johnson (Waterford, Conn.) was 2-for-3 with a double, and sophomore Joe Webber (Marshfield, Mass.) chipped in with a solo blast for the Bears. Sophomore starter Kevin Besko (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) was tagged for nine runs, five of them earned, on nine hits in 1.2 innings, and fell to 1-2 on the year with the loss.
The Green and White jumped on top early with a four-run bottom of the first. Oliger drove in Gill with a single to left, junior Sean Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) scored on Lehr's infield knock, and Browne plated two more runs with a sharp single through the left side. The Beavers then added to their cushion scoring five times in the second all with two outs. Oliger stroked an RBI double to right, Lehr and Valente followed with consecutive RBI base hits, and Browne greeted junior reliever Ryan Searles (Norwalk, Conn.) with a double down the right field line to bring home another run on the way to building a 9-0 advantage.
DiMartino drove in Lehr and Valente with a two-out double in the bottom of the fourth to make it 11-0, and Babson responded to Western New England's two-run rally in the fourth with two more runs of its own in the sixth. Valente drove in Lehr from first with his double to the gap in left center and then scored on Browne's ground ball up the middle one batter later to extend the margin to 13-2.
Webber homered to begin the top of the seventh, but Lehr answered with a two-run blast in the bottom half of the frame to make it 15-3. Sophomore Jack Ward (Danvers, Mass.) scored the Beavers' final run of the contest on an RBI groundout in the in the bottom of the eighth.
Babson wraps up its regular season at home on Tuesday when it takes on Suffolk at 3:30 p.m., while Western New England will open CCC Tournament play on Friday at home.
• The Beavers are now 13-12 all-time against Western New England and have won three straight in the series.
• Babson's 29 wins ties last year's squad for the most in program history during the regular season.
• The Green and White has gone 35-4 at Govoni Field since April 22, 2017.
• The Beavers have recorded 10 or more hits in eight of their last 11 outings going back to April 12.