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Baseball Stays Hot with 14-4 Win over Wentworth

Baseball Stays Hot with 14-4 Win over Wentworth

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Jake Weiss (Irvine, Calif.) went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and Babson College smacked a season-high six doubles on its way to defeating the Wentworth Institute of Technology, 14-4, in non-conference baseball action on Thursday afternoon at Govoni Field.

With its sixth consecutive win, Babson is now 19-13 overall, while Wentworth slips to 14-13 on the year.

Senior Jack Halpin (Glastonbury, Conn.), juniors Ryan Arena (Yorktown, Heights, N.Y.) and David Lennon (Windermere, Fla.) and sophomore Connor Gill (Sterling, Mass.) all doubled and drove in two runs for the Beavers. First-year Sean Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) had a pair of doubles in his only two at-bats, while classmate Matthew Valente (Wyckoff, N.J.) went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored in the win. Sophomore Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.) also walked twice and scored three times for Babson, which is 11th in Thursday's first NCAA regional rankings.

Seniors Jordan Burst (Jackson, N.J.) and Jimmy Temte (Northborough, Mass.) both had two hits for the Leopards.

Wentworth took a 2-1 lead on sophomore Jake Smith's (Orange, Conn.) RBI single in the top of the fourth before the Green and White exploded for five runs in the bottom of the frame. Lennon plated a pair of runs with a double to left center and then scored on a base hit by Weiss to make it 4-2. Halpin drove in Weiss with a single through the right side and McHale came around on a passed ball to extend the margin to 6-2.

The onslaught continued in the fifth as Gill ripped a two-run double to the wall in left center and Halpin followed with an RBI double down the right field line to make it 9-2. McHale scored on an RBI groundout one batter later and Halpin raced home on a wild pitch to push the Beavers' lead to 11-3.

The Leopards got a run back as sophomore Dan Cole (Kingston, Mass.) drove in junior Tim Elrick (Buzzards Bay, Mass.) with one out in the sixth, but Babson tacked on three more insurance in the late innings for the final margin.

First-year William Gallagher (Kingston, Mass.) picked up his first career win for the Beavers, who used eight different pitchers in the game. Only first-year Michael Nocchi (Manasquan, N.J.), who struck out one and walked one in two innings, threw more than a frame.

Junior Robby Sheldon (Dover, N.H.) dropped to 0-4 on the year for Wentworth after giving up six runs on six hits in 4.0 innings.

Both teams return to action on Saturday at 12 p.m. as Babson hosts Wheaton to begin a three-game conference tournament semifinal series, while the Leopards take on Nichols in a twin bill in Brockton.

•    The Beavers are 20-4 all-time against Wentworth.
•    Senior Ken Rotunno (East Islip, N.Y.) recorded his eighth straight scoreless appearance out of the bullpen while lowering his ERA to 1.23 on the year.
•    Arena and Harrington have both reached base in 22 consecutive games.
•    Babson has outscored its opponents 48-19 during its season-best six-game winning streak.