After guiding the Babson College baseball team to its second NEWMAC Championship and NCAA Tournament berth this spring, sophomore pitcher Andrew Aizenstadt (Norwell, Mass.) and sophomore second baseman Billy Besinger (Milton, Mass.) have both received All-New England honors. Both were named All-Region Second Team by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), while Aisenstdt also garnered Second Team status from the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA).
The first seven batters of the fourth inning collected hits with Ethan Guerette (Wales, ME) clearing the bass with a single in the gap as the seventh-seeded Husson College baseball team remained alive in the 2009 NCAA Division III New England Regional Tournament with a 10-6 win over eighth-seeded Babson College Friday afternoon at the Eastern Baseball Stadium. The loss eliminates Babson (23-29) and sends Husson (33-13) against either second-seeded University of Southern Maine or top-seeded Eastern Connecticut Saturday at 11 a.m. The USM-Eastern winner faces Husson and the loser becomes the fourth team to be eliminated in the original field of eight.
Fourth-seeded WPI scored seven runs in the top of the fifth inning to break the game open in an eventual 15-5 victory over eighth-seeded Babson College in a winners bracket matchup in the NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament New England Regional at Eastern Connecticut State on Thursday evening. With the loss, the Beavers (23-19) will now play seventh-seeded Husson University in an elimination game on Friday at 1:15 p.m. WPI will take on the winner of Fridays morning contest between #2 Southern Maine and #3 Trinity at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Friday night. Sophomore Billy Besinger (Milton, Mass.) went 2-for-5 with a run scored in defeat for Babson, marking his team-leading 22nd multi-hit game of the season. It also gave him 68 total hits for the year, tying the programs single-season record also held by Babson great Kevin Higa 03.
Sophomore pitcher Andrew Aizenstadt (Norwell, Mass.) struck out 10 in a complete-game victory and first-year catcher Sean Cleary (Milton, Mass.) had a grand slam and five RBIs to lead the eighth-seeded Babson College baseball team to a 10-6 upset win over top-seeded host Eastern Connecticut State University in game two of the NCAA Division III Tournament Double-Elimination New England Regional on Wednesday afternoon. It was the first-ever NCAA Tournament victory for the Beavers (23-18), who are making the second national tourney appearance in program history. Babson will now play fellow New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe WPI, seeded fourth in the eight-team bracket, in game seven of the tournament on Thursday at approximately 4:30 p.m.
The NCAA announced its official 2009 Division III Baseball Tournament field on Monday, and Babson College has been seeded eighth in the New England Regional at Eastern Connecticut State University. The Beavers will open the eight-team double-elimination bracket by facing the host Warriors on Wednesday at 1:15 p.m. This is the Beavers' second NCAA Tournament appearance, with the first coming in 2004. Babson earned a spot in this year's field by winning its second New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship two weeks ago.
The Babson College Athletics Department held its 28th Annual Senior Awards Banquet on Friday night, where a total of seven individuals were honored. Mens Soccer senior Tim Winn (Sutton, Mass.) was named Male Athlete of the Class, while womens lacrosse senior Jackie Godfrey (Franklin, Mass.) was selected as the Female Athlete of the Class. Ice Hockey senior Alex DiPietro (Winthrop, Mass.) was named the Scholar-Athlete of the Class, and baseball senior Jeff Wojnar (Bellaire, Texas) took home the Michael J. Conlon Award.
In addition to the senior awards, Professor Tony Wain was the recipient of the prestigious Paul C. Staake Award for outstanding contributions to Babson Athletics, while a pair of first-year athletes were also honored. Field hockey and softball first-year Jess Pashos (Winchester, Mass.) received the Lori Vengrow Award, and mens tennis freshman Danny Schneider (Littleton, Mass.) claimed the Colin "Chip" Brown Award.
The University of Southern Maine hit four home runs at the plate and received 6 1/3 outstanding innings of relief from its bullpen en route to a 15-9 victory over host Babson College in a non-conference baseball matchup at Babsons Govoni Field on Thursday afternoon. With the win, the Huskies, ranked first in the nation in the most recent National College Baseball Writers Association weekly poll, improved to 32-5 overall, while the Beavers dropped to 21-17 with the loss. Babson was led in defeat by senior co-captain Bryan Evans (Bellaire, Texas), who went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, one run scored, and four RBIs, and junior Peter OToole (Salem, Mass.), who went 2-for-5 with a double, one run, and two driven in.
After leading their team to its second NEWMAC Championship and NCAA Tournament berth, six members of the Babson College baseball team received postseason honors this week. Sophomore pitcher Andrew Aizenstadt (Norwell, Mass.) was named NEWMAC All-Conference First Team, senior co-captain Bryan Evans (Bellaire, Texas) and sophomore Billy Besinger (Milton, Mass.) were named All-NEWMAC Second Team, and sophomores Jeremy Bhatia (Silver Spring, Md.), Corey Highfield (East Hampstead, N.H.), and Jonathan Marcus (Brookline, Mass.) were named to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team.
Rhode Island College scored six runs in the eighth inning to defeat Babson, 15-11, in collegiate baseball action at Anchorman Field on Wednesday afternoon. It was a nightmare for both squads' pitching staffs as the two clubs combined for 26 runs on 39 hits, which included six home runs, seven doubles and a triple. Junior Peter O'Toole homered for the third straight game for Babson, junior Jared Bartlett went 5-for-5, and junior Chris Wood belted the first home run of his collegiate career.
After helping the Beavers sweep the New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball championship tournament, Babson junior Peter OToole (Salem, Mass.) has been named NEWMAC player of the week and sophomore Andrew Aizenstadt (Norwell, Mass.) has been named NEWMAC pitcher of the week.O'Toole helped lead the Beavers to their second NEWMAC Championship and NCAA Tournament berth with a huge offensive week, batting .400 with two doubles, two homers, four runs, and five RBIs in the team's four tournament games. Aizenstadt made two appearances during Babsons' 2009 NEWMAC Tournament Championship run, going 1-0 with a save, a 0.00 ERA, one walk and eight strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings.
Babson senior starter Matt Barton (Washingtonville, NY) was effective over seven and a third innings of work, and junior centerfielder Peter O'Toole (Salem, MA) homered for the second day in a row, leading Babson to a 6-3 win over MIT and the 2009 NEWMAC Baseball Championship on Sunday at WPI. The title is Babson's second NEWMAC championship and first since the 2004 season. Babson was a perfect 4-0 in the tournament, registering two wins over MIT and two more over nationally-ranked and defending NEWMAC champion Wheaton. The Beavers, by virtue of the conference tournament championship, have earned the NEWMAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Baseball Championships which will be played in mid-May.
Junior Peter OTooles (Salem, MA) two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted fourth-seeded Babson to a dramatic 8-7 victory over second-seeded Wheaton to conclude day three of the 2009 NEWMAC Baseball Tournament hosted by WPI. The Beavers (20-15) now advance to Sundays championship round to face MIT, while 13th-ranked Wheaton (28-9) is eliminated from the tournament. Babson takes home the title with a single victory while MIT must win twice on Sunday to earn the championship. Michael OBrien (Shrewsbury, MA) went the first eight innings for Babson, scattering 12 hits en route to improving to 4-1 on the season, while senior Chris Legrow (North Andover, Mass.) pitched the ninth for his third save.
The fourth-seeded Babson College baseball team jumped out to an 11-run lead before holding off number-two Wheaton College, 13-9 on Friday during the second day of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament in Sidell Stadium. With the win, Babson (19-15) advances to the winner's bracket and will play either Wheaton or host WPI in Worcester on Saturday at 4 p.m. Babson was paced by the bat of sophomore Billy Besinger (Milton, MA/Catholic Memorial), who turned in a 3-for-3 showing while scoring three runs and walking twice, and the arm of senior co-captain Jeff Wojnar (Bellaire, TX/Episcopal), who held the potent Wheaton offense to just three runs in seven-plus innings while scattering eight hits.
Senior Chris Legrow escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth as fourth-seeded Babson hung on to defeat third-seeded MIT, 5-4, on the opening day of the 2009 NEWMAC Baseball Championship Tournament. With the victory, Babson travels to Wheaton College for the second day of the double-elimination tournament, while MIT travels to top-seed WPI. Both games are scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. Babson (18-15) sophomore standout Andrew Aizenstadt delivered a gem on the hill to pace Thursdays win. The second-year starter scattered nine hits over seven innings, but surrendered no earned runs while fanning seven MIT (19-10) batters.
After his historic performance on the mound against Wentworth, Babson College junior lefthander Michael OBrien (Shrewsbury, Mass.) has been named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Co-Pitcher of the Week along with WPI ace Conor Fahey. In two appearances this week, O'Brien went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, giving up no runs, no walks, just six hits, and striking out 20 in 10 1/3 innings of work. On Monday, he tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief in a 5-4 loss to #3 Wheaton, allowing two hits and fanning two. Just three days later, O'Brien returned to the mound and turned in perhaps the most dominant pitching performance in Babson history, firing a four-hit shutout while striking out a school-record 18 batters in a 3-0 win over Wentworth. The Leopards had entered the game with a record of 20-8-1 on the season.
Babson College hosted its first annual Athletics Alumni Spring Celebration this weekend, bringing nearly 300 former players, coaches, and family members to campus. Highlighting the spectacular weekend was the 12th Babson Athletics Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony on Friday night, where longtime baseball coach and administrator Frank Millerick, baseball great David DiGangi '94, soccer stars Jim Fischer '83 and Dan Pucci '98, and hockey standout Jim Creamer '90 were enshrined among the departments elite.
Junior Peter OToole (Salem, Mass.) singled in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to help the Babson College baseball team to salvage a split with an 8-7 walk-off victory over visiting Brandeis in game two of a non-conference doubleheader at Babsons Govoni Field. The Beavers, who fell in game one, 5-4, are now 17-15 overall, while the Judges move to 13-19 on the year. Sophomore Corey Highfield (East Hampstead, N.H.) went 5-for-6 in the two games to pace the Babson offense, while senior Chris Legrow (North Andover, Mass.) earned his first win of the year in relief in game two, going four innings and allowing two runs on five hits, walking none and striking out one.
The Babson College baseball team recorded its biggest win of the season on Friday, as the Beavers knocked off nationally-ranked archrival Wheaton College, 6-3, in a NEWMAC matchup at Govoni Field. With the victory, Babson improved to 16-14 overall and 6-6 in the conference. Wheaton, which entered the game ranked first in New England and third in the country, fell to 25-5 overall and 9-1 in the NEWMAC. Senior Matt Barton was outstanding on the mound for the Beavers, going 7 2/3 innings and allowing just two runs on six hits, walking one and striking out four. The win improved his season record to 3-1. Offensively, Babson received another huge effort from sophomore Billy Besinger, who went 4-for-5 with a run and two RBIs. It was the second baseman's team-leading 15th multi-hit game of the season, and his third four-hit performance.
Junior lefthander Michael OBrien (Shrewsbury, Mass.) turned in one of the finest pitching performances in Babson College history on Thursday, striking out a school record 18 batters in a 3-0 shutout of the visiting Wentworth Institute of Technology at Babsons Govoni Field. The 18 Ks surpassed the previous mark of 14 originally set by Major League Baseball draftee Jason Kosow 04 in 2003 and matched earlier this year by sophomore teammate Andrew Aizenstadt (Norwell, Mass.). OBrien (3-1) was masterful throughout the ballgame, allowing just four hits all singles while walking none. Sophomore Billy Besinger (Milton, Mass.) paced the Beavers offense with his team-leading 14th multi-hit game of the season, as he went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. First-year Travis Jonasson (Needham, Mass.) also added pair of safeties this 10th multi-hit effort of the year finishing 2-for-2 with a run scored.
Visiting UMass-Boston erupted for nine runs in the first three innings en route to an 11-2 victory over host Babson College in a non-conference baseball game at Govoni Field on Wednesday afternoon. With the win, the Beacons improved to 10-15 overall, while the Beavers slipped to 14-14. Sophomore Billy Besinger (Milton, Mass.) led the Babson offense out of the leadoff spot, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. First-year Mike Martinez (Miami, Fla.) added his first collegiate hit and RBI for the Beavers, while first-year Billy Miller (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) and junior Jake Bartlett (Weymouth, Mass.) each scored a run in defeat.
The Babson College baseball team used six runs on four hits to overcome a 5-2 deficit in the seventh inning and post an 8-6 victory over Clark University in New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action at Granger Field on Tuesday afternoon. With the win, the Beavers improved to 14-13 overall and 5-6 in league play. Babson starter Andrew Aizenstad (Norwell, Mass.) allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out nine to earn the win. Senior captain Bryan Evans (Bellaire, Texas) led the offense with three hits, two RBI and two runs scored.
The Wheaton College baseball team overcame an early three-run deficit to defeat Babson College, 5-4, in a NEWMAC matchup on Monday at Sidell Stadium. Sophomore Billy Besinger (Milton, MA/Catholic Memorial) went 3-for-5 to lead Babson, junior Peter O'Toole (Salem, MA/Saint John's Prep) was 2-for-4 with two runs, and classmate Jake Bartlett (Weymouth, MA/Boston College) added a pair of knocks. Senior Jeff Wojnar (Bellaire, TX/Episcopal) went 6.2 frames in the loss, yielding five earned runs on seven hits.
The Babson College baseball team suffered a 10-3 loss at Curry College on Friday, snapping the Beavers brief two-game win streak. Senior James Geosits (Wyomissing, Pa.) belted a pair of three-run homers in the win for the Colonels (21-3), while first-year Travis Jonasson (Needham, Mass.) hit his team-high sixth home run of the season for Babson (13-12). Along with his sixth round-tripper of the year, Jonasson also drove in another run with the single in the sixth. The rookie first baseman has now recorded at least one RBI in seven straight games and 10 of the Beavers last 12 contests.
Sophomore Corey Highfield (East Hampstead, N.H.) blasted his first collegiate home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Babson College Beavers walked off with a 4-3 victory over visiting Springfield College in a New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball contest at Govoni Field on Thursday afternoon. Highfields first career homer made a winner out of Beavers sophomore ace Andrew Aizenstadt (Norwell, Mass.), who tied Babsons all-time record for strikeouts in a game with a career-high 14 in a magnificent complete-game effort. The hard-throwing righthander allowed three runs two earned on 10 hits and one walk in nine brilliant innings of work. The win improved his season record to 4-1, while the 14 strikeouts matched the program mark set by 2004 alumnus and Major League Baseball draftee Jason Kosow back on March 19, 2003.
Babson College senior co-captain Bryan Evans (Bellaire, Texas) capped off a monster day with a go-ahead three-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Beaver Nine past visiting Endicott College, 10-8, in a thrilling non-conference baseball game at Govoni Field on Wednesday afternoon. Evans was huge at the plate for the Beavers, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, three runs scored, and six RBIs on the afternoon. Sophomore Billy Besinger (Milton, Mass.) added two hits and two runs scored out of the leadoff spot, while first-year Sean Cleary (Milton, Mass.) walked three times and scored four runs in the two hole. Rookie Trevor MacNeil (Hanover, Mass.) earned the first collegiate victory (1-2) with one inning of relief, and junior Jake Bartlett (Weymouth, Mass.) got the final three outs to secure the save in the first pitching performance of his Babson career.
First-year James Wilson and senior captain David Gagnon combined to pitch five innings of scoreless relief as the visiting Clark University Cougars held on for an 8-6 victory over host Babson College in a New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader at Govoni Field on Tuesday afternoon. With the win, Clark improved to 10-15 overall and 2-4 in the conference, while the Beavers dropped to 11-11 overall and 3-5 in the NEWMAC. First-year Travis Jonasson and senior captains Bryan Evans and Jeff Wojnar each recorded two hits to pace the Beavers. Wojnar also led the team with two RBIs, while sophomores Corey Highfield and Billy Besinger each scored twice. Senior Chris Legrow pitched well out of the bullpen for Babson, giving up just one run on five hits, walking one and striking out four in four innings of relief.
The Babson College baseball team nearly overcame a five-run deficit with a late rally against visiting Williams College on Sunday, but the Beavers comeback bid fell just short as the Ephs held on for 9-8 win at Babsons Govoni Field. First-year Travis Jonasson (Needham, Mass.) once again powered the Babson offense, going 3-for-5 with a pair of home runs his team-leading fourth and fifth of the season to go with two runs scored and four RBIs. Junior Jake Bartlett (Weymouth, Mass.) also had a good day, going 2-for-3 with one run and one driven in, while sophomore Billy Besinger (Milton, Mass.) went 1-for-2 with a double, a run, and two RBIs.
Babson College sophomore Andrew Aizenstadt (Norwell, Mass.) and MIT first-year Torre Swanson (Redding, Calif.) traded complete game gems for their respective teams as the Beavers and Engineers split a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader at Babson's Govoni Field on Saturday afternoon. With the split, the Beavers move to 11-9 overall and 3-4 in the conference, while MIT is now 11-7 overall and 2-3 in the NEWMAC. Game one featured an outstanding pitchers' duel between Aizenstadt and MIT first-year Chris Vaughan (Fort Worth, Texas). Aizenstadt went seven innings and allowed just one run on eight hits, walked one and struck out seven. The victory improved his season record to 3-1. Vaughan (1-3) suffered the loss despite allowing just two runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits, walking none and fanning four.
The Babson College baseball team committed seven errors that led to five unearned runs as the Beavers suffered a tough 13-8 loss to host Springfield College in a NEWMAC matchup on Thurdsay afternoon. Sophomore Billy Besinger paced the Beavers in defeat, going 4-for-6 with a run and two RBIs, while first-year Billy Miller went 2-for-4 with one run and three driven in.
WPI received two brilliant pitching performances from first-year Sean Minor (Los Angeles, Calif.) and senior captain Conor Fahey (Cumberland, R.I.) as the visiting Engineers swept a New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball doubleheader at Babson College, 2-0 and 7-1. With the victories, WPI improved to 13-6 overall and 3-1 in the conference, while Babson fell to 10-7 overall and 2-2 in the NEWMAC. Game one featured an outstanding pitchers duel between Minor and Babson sophomore Andrew Aizenstadt (Norwell, Mass.), who both went the distance on the mound. Minor improved to 2-1 with his first collegiate shutout, allowing no runs on five hits, walking three and striking out two in seven innings. Aizenstadt nearly matched his counterpart, giving up just two runs on seven hits, walking one and fanning six as he fell to 2-1.