Carey, Floegel Lead Baseball to Sweep of Emerson

Carey, Floegel Lead Baseball to Sweep of Emerson

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Teddy Carey (Upton, Mass.) tossed eight strong innings in game one and classmate John Floegel (Summit, N.J.) recorded his first career complete game in the nightcap as Babson College swept a key New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader against visiting Emerson College on Saturday afternoon. The Beavers won the opener 3-2 and then edged the Lions 4-1 in game two.

With the victories, Babson improves to 15-13 overall and 9-5 in conference play, while Emerson dips to 8-21 overall and 1-15 in the NEWMAC with its 16th and 17th straight losses.

GAME 1
Carey struck out 10 over eight innings and the Green and White built an early 3-0 lead before holding on for a one-run win. Senior Jack Halpin (Glastonbury, Conn.) had two hits and scored once, while first-year Sean Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and a run scored.

Sophomore Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.) reached with a one-out infield single and advanced to third before coming home on a double steal to give the Beavers a 1-0 lead in the first. Babson left a pair of runners on the second, but scratched out two more runs in the third as Halpin and Harrington came around on a two-out throwing error by the Lions.

Carey fanned the first seven batters he faced and didn't give up a hit until the fifth when senior Danny Johnson (Mashpee, Mass.) doubled and later scored on first-year Joe Paladino's (Bedminster, N.J.) single to left to pull Emerson within 3-1. Paladino came through again in the seventh as he drove in junior Neil Perry (Middleboro, Mass.) with another two-out knock to make it a one-run game.

Junior Matt Cuneo (Ashland, Mass.) allowed a single and a walk in the ninth before striking out the final two batters for his fourth save of the year.   

First-year Jack Fox (Los Angeles, Calif.) was the hard-luck loser for the Lions after allowing just one earned run on seven hits in a complete-game effort to fall to 2-5 this spring.

GAME 2
Floegel recorded a career-high seven strikeouts and McHale went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in to help Babson finish off the sweep with a 4-1 win in game two. Harrington added two more hits, including the first home run of his career, while both senior Jake Weiss (Irvine, Calif.) and junior David Lennon (Windermere, Fla.) finished with two hits apiece.

Emerson took a 1-0 lead in the first on Johnson's RBI single and left a pair of runners on base in the second before Floegel (3-1) settled in. He didn't allow a hit and issued just three walks to the Lions over the final seven innings.

McHale tied the game with an RBI single in the third and Webber plated first-year Jake Oliger (Newtown, Conn.) with two-out base hit in the fourth to give the Beavers a 2-1 advantage. Weiss led off the fifth with a single and later came around on McHale's second hit of the day, and Harrington started the sixth with a solo blast to right center to extend the lead to 4-1.

Junior Henry Schwartz (Queens, N.Y.) dropped to 2-4 on the year after giving up four runs on 11 hits in 6.0 innings.

Babson will travel to Springfield for a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. on Sunday before wrapping up its three-game series with Emerson on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Brockton.

DOUBLEHEADER NOTES
•    The Beavers are now 12-0 all-time against Emerson.
•    McHale his hit safely in eight straight games overall and nine consecutive NEWMAC contests.
•    Harrington has reached base in all 18 games he's played this season.
•    Babson is 5-3 in games decided by one or two runs, and 10-0 when allowing two runs or less on the year.

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