Carey Fans 12, Baseball Rallies To Down Coast Guard, 7-5

Carey Fans 12, Baseball Rallies To Down Coast Guard, 7-5

NEW LONDON, Conn.—Sophomore Connor Gill (Sterling, Mass.) went 3-for-5 with a home run and two runs batted in, while junior Teddy Carey (Upton, Mass.) struck out a career-high 12 batters to help visiting Babson College defeat the Coast Guard Academy, 7-5, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball action on Wednesday afternoon at Nitchman Field.

Babson, which has won five of its last six games, is now 7-5 overall and 1-0 in conference play, while Coast Guard slips to  6-11 overall and 0-3 in the NEWMAC.

Carey allowed one earned run on six hits over 6.0 innings to move to 3-1 on the year. Junior Adam Ayala (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) went 2-for-5 with an RBI, senior Jake Weiss (Irvine, Calif.) tripled, drove in a run and scored twice, and sophomore Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.) came around to score a pair of runs for the Beavers.

Junior Zach Serna (Palatine, Ill.) was 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI, while senior Timbo Duncan (Heath, Texas) added three hits and scored a pair of runs for the Bears.

Gill homered with one out in the top of the first and then drove in McHale with an infield single in the fifth to cut Babson's deficit to 3-2. Carey worked out of a jam in the sixth and the Green and White took the lead with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning. McHale, who singled to lead off the frame, came around to score on an error, and Ayala drove in first-year Aidan Scott (South Glastonbury, Conn.) with a base hit to right field for a 4-3 lead.

The Beavers scratched out an unearned run in the eighth and tacked on two key insurance runs in the ninth on an RBI triple by Weiss and a sacrifice fly by sophomore Eric Jaun (Loveland, Ohio) to extend the margin to 7-3. Serna homered to lead off the bottom of the inning, and junior Matt Cuneo (Ashland, Mass.) allowed a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly before getting a game-ending double play to seal the win.

Sophomore Max Tannenbaum (Coral Springs, Fla.), who has not allowed an earned run in five appearances this spring, worked out of a jam in the seventh and did not allow a hit in 1.1 shutout innings for the Green and White.

First-year Brett Sullivan (Granby, Mass.) started and earned a no-decision after giving up one earned run on three hits while striking out four over 6.0 innings. Senior Eric Vrissis (Tampa, Fla.), who allowed two runs in an inning of relief, suffered the loss to drop to 2-3 on the year.

Both teams return to action on Thursday as Babson hosts Plymouth State in its home opener at 3:30 p.m., while Coast Guard takes on Albertus Magnus at 4 p.m.

GAME NOTES
•    The Beavers are now 56-22 all-time against Coast Guard and have won four straight meetings between the teams.
•    Babson improves to 7-1 on the year when giving up five runs or less.
•    The Beavers have at least one extra-base in each of its 12 games this season.
•    Carey is 3-0 with a 0.87 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 20.2 innings in three starts against Coast Guard over the last two seasons.

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