Cuneo Passes Jason Kosow '04 as Program's All-Time Saves Leader in Beavers' Fifth Straight Win
BROCKTON, Mass.—Junior Matt Cuneo (Ashland, Mass.) became the program's career saves leader and the Babson College baseball team captured a share of its first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEMWAC) regular season title since 2011 with a 5-2 victory over Emerson College on Monday night at Campanelli Stadium.
Babson, which has won five straight games, is now 18-13 overall and 12-5 in conference play, while Emerson dropped its 18th straight game to finish the year at 8-22 overall and 1-16 in the NEWMAC.
Senior Jack Halpin (Glastonbury, Conn.) went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI, while sophomore Eric Jaun (Loveland, Ohio) and first-year Sean Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) both had two hits and scored once. Junior Ryan Arena (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) also went 2-for-4 and drove in a run for the Beavers.
Junior Tim Quitadamo (Worcester, Mass.) went 2-for-3 with a double to lead the Lions, who got hits from six different players on the night.
The Green and White jumped on top in the first as Halpin doubled with two outs and scored one batter later on Arena's base hit. After stranding a pair of runners in the third, the Beavers doubled their lead in the fourth as junior Mark Webber (Norwell, Mass.) doubled with one out and came around to score on classmate David Lennon's (Windermere, Fla.) single.
Senior Kyle Becker (Jericho, N.Y.) scored on a wild pitch to cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth, but Babson tacked on three insurance runs in the late innings. Sophomore Connor Gill (Sterling, Mass.) stole third and scored on a throwing error in the seventh to make it 3-1. Webber plated Harrington with a sacrifice fly and Jaun stole third and scored on another error as part of a two-run eighth to push the margin to 5-1.
Quitadamo scored for the Lions in the eighth, but Cuneo fanned two in the ninth to pass Jason Kosow '04 with his school record 11th save. His six saves this spring also are tied for the most in single-season history.
Sophomore Edward Lehr (Byram Township, N.J.) struck out five over 7.0 innings to pick up his first win of the year, while senior Ken Rotunno (East Islip, N.Y.) gave up just one hit in the eighth to extend his scoreless streak to 10.2 innings for the Beavers.
Senior Cal Laird (Willowbrook, Ill.) fell to 1-4 on the year after giving up two runs on eight hits over 5.1 innings for Emerson.
Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Johnson & Wales at 3:30 p.m.
• The Beavers, who are now 13-0 all-time against Emerson, won their final six NEWMAC outings to finish in a three-way tie atop the league standings with WPI and Wheaton.
• In addition to setting the program's all-time saves record, Cuneo also match Kosow's all-time mark with his 44th career relief appearance.
• With a two-hit night, Harrington has now reached base in 21 consecutive games.
• With three hits on Monday, Halpin has 179 knocks for his career, which is good for fifth in program history.