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Floegel, Baseball Edge St. Thomas, 3-2

Floegel, Baseball Edge St. Thomas, 3-2

AUBURNDALE, Fla.—Junior John Floegel (Summit, N.J.) struck out six over seven innings and three different players drove in a run as Babson College defeated the University of St. Thomas, 3-2, in non-conference baseball action on Wednesday afternoon at Lake Myrtle Park.

Babson, which has won four of its last five games, heads back home at 6-5 on the year, while St. Thomas slips to 4-7 overall.

Junior Adam Ayala (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) went 3-for-5 with a triple and a run scored, and sophomore Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.) was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored for the Beavers. Senior Owen Shea (Northborough, Mass.) doubled, while sophomore Eric Jaun (Loveland, Ohio) and first-year Sean Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) each drove in a run in the win.

Harrington plated junior Mark Webber with a two-out single in the top of the first, and Babson scored two more runs in the third to build a 3-1 lead. McHale drove in Ayala, who led off the frame with a triple, and then scored the eventual game-winning run on Jaun's two-out single to left.

Floegel (1-0) gave up just three hits and allowed just three baserunners after the second inning. Sophomore Max Tannenbaum (Coral Springs, Fla.) pitched the eighth and junior Matt Cuneo (Ashland, Mass.) tossed a perfect ninth, which included two strikeouts, to record his first save of the spring.

Junior Hunter Hart (Delano, Minn.) went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI for the Tommies. Classmate Caleb Fernholz (Cashton, Wis.) went 6.0 innings and dropped to 0-3 on the year after allowing two earned runs on six hits and four walks.

Babson is scheduled to open conference play with a doubleheader at Springfield on Saturday at 12 p.m., while St. Thomas takes on Wisconsin-Oshkosh on Thursday at 9 a.m.

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