1 | Baseball Staves Off Elimination with 5-Run Ninth Inning for First College World Series Win
One night after losing a two-run lead in extra innings, the Babson baseball team erupted for five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to stun Heidelberg, 6-5, in a College World Series elimination game on June 1 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The walk-off victory was the sixth of the season for the Beavers, who earned the program's first College World Series win despite being down to their final strike of the season three times during the rally.
Limited to just one hit over the first six frames, the Green and White trailed 5-1 going to the last of the ninth after giving up a pair of runs in the top of the inning. Senior Eric Jaun (Loveland, Ohio) greeted Student Princes' reliever Joey Wenning with a triple and classmate Edward Lehr (Byram Township, N.J.) followed with an RBI single to cut the deficit to 5-2.
Wenning got his first out of the inning with a fly ball to right, but walked both senior Nicholas Browne (Mount Laurel, N.J.) and first-year Thomas Lapham (Charlestown, Mass.) to load the bases ahead of senior Brian McHale's (Ramsey, N.J.) sacrifice fly that cut the margin to 5-3. Senior Connor Gill (Sterling, Mass.) singled to left on a 2-2 pitch and junior Sean Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) fouled off two straight pitches before laying off three consecutive balls to drive in classmate Alex DiMartino (Mahwah, N.J.) with a bases loaded walk making it 5-4.
Tristan Phillips relieved Wenning with the bases loaded before junior Jake Oliger (Newtown, Conn.), who set a single-season record with 57 RBI, dropped a single into left that completed the comeback as Lapham raced home with the tying run while Gill followed with the winning run.
Babson, which finished the season at 39-10, would see its historic season come to a close with a 7-6 loss to Johns Hopkins on June 2.