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Baseball Powers Past Clarkson, 10-2, for Third Straight Win

Baseball Powers Past Clarkson, 10-2, for Third Straight Win

AUBURNDALE, Fla.—First-year Michael Nocchi (Manasquan, N.J.) allowed just two runs over seven innings in his first collegiate start and seven different players drove in a run as Babson College defeated Clarkson University, 10-2, in non-conference baseball action on Monday afternoon at Lake Myrtle Park.

With its third straight win, Babson is now 5-4 overall, while Clark slips to 2-3 on the year.

Sophomore Eric Jaun (Loveland, Ohio) went 3-for-4 with two doubles, three runs scored and a stolen base in support of Nocchi, who struck out four and allowed just four hits for the Beavers. Senior Owen Shea (Northborough, Mass.), junior Adam Ayala (Franklin Lakes, N.J.), sophomore Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.) and first-year Jake Oliger (Newtown, Conn.) all had two hits and drove in a run. Oliger also scored three times in the win.

The Green and White jumped on top with three runs in the top of the second as junior Mark Webber (Norwell, Mass.) singled and scored, while first-year Aidan Scott (South Glastonbury, Conn.) drove in Jaun with a one-out base hit. Jaun doubled and scored in the fourth on McHale's single, and Oliger came home on a dropped third strike to extend the Beavers' lead to 5-0.

The Golden Knights used three hits and a walk to get a pair of runs back in the bottom of the fourth, but Babson responded with a three-run sixth inning. Jaun led off with a double and scored one batter later on Oliger's double down the left field line to make it 6-2. Shea plated Oliger with a single and Ayala drove in McHale with a sacrifice fly to make it a six-run game.

Sophomore Connor Gill (Sterling, Mass.) added an RBI single in the ninth and later scored on first-year Matthew Valente's (Wycoff, N.J.) sacrifice fly for the final margin.

Sophomore Mike Bubniak (Chenango Forks, N.Y.) dropped to 0-1 on the year for Clarkson after giving up seven earned runs on 11 hits over six innings.

Both teams return to action on Tuesday at 10 a.m. as Babson takes on Union at Lake Myrtle Park, while Clarkson faces Wisconsin-Whitewater.