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Baseball Falls to No. 19/17 UMass Boston, 4-0, at Harwich Regional

Baseball Falls to No. 19/17 UMass Boston, 4-0, at Harwich Regional

HARWICH, Mass.—Sophomore Michael Genaro (Greenwich, Mass.) tossed a complete game, but fifth-seeded Babson College was limited to three hits and suffered a 4-0 loss to top-seeded UMass Boston in the Harwich Regional at Whitehouse Field on Thursday night.

Babson (26-14), which saw it's school-record 13-game winning streak come to an end, will face an elimination game on Saturday. No. 19 17 Collegiate Baseball UMass Boston (35-10) has now won 17 of its last 18 games and advances to the winner's bracket final on Saturday.

Genaro (6-2) allowed three earned runs on eight hits and struck out one in his fourth complete-game effort of the year. Seniors Jack Halpin (Glastonbury, Conn.), classmate Jake Weiss (Irvine, Calif.) and sophomore Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.) all singled for the Beavers, while first-year Sean Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) walked twice.

Junior Sal Frosceno (Derby, Conn.) and sophomore Charlie Huegi (Sandy Hook, Conn.) both had a hit, scored once and drove in a run for the Beacons, who had eight different players record a hit in the win. Senior Matt Tulley (Lowell, Mass.) struck out 13 and walked four over 8.1 innings to earn the win and improve to 8-2 this season.

Following a scoreless first inning, UMass Boston scratched out a pair of runs in the second. Sophomore Nick Herzog (Riverhead, N.Y.) was hit by a pitch and senior Luke Nagle (Pembroke, Mass.) doubled to right center to put runners on second and third with no outs. Senior Anthony Searles (Shelton, Conn.) delivered Herzog with a sacrifice fly and Nagle raced home on a squeeze bunt by Fosceno for a 2-0 lead.

The Beacons extended their advantage in the fifth as Huegi drove in Frosceno with an RBI single before scoring coming home on a two-out fielding error to make it 4-0. Babson had its best scoring chance in the fifth when junior David Lennon (Windermere, Fla.) was hit by a pitch and Weiss followed with a two-out base hit to put two on with two outs before Tulley ended the threat with a strikeout.

Babson will take on third-seeded St. John Fisher in an elimination game at 9:30 a.m., while UMass Boston faces either second-seeded Arcadia or sixth-seeded Suffolk at 4:30 p.m.

•    The Beavers are 23-11 all-time against UMass Boston but have dropped a pair of games against the Beacons this season.
•    Halpin now has 195 career hits and is just four shy of the program's all-time record.
•    Juniors Mark Webber (Norwell, Mass.) and Ryan Arena (Yorktown Heights, N.Y) saw their 13 and 12-game hitting streaks come to an end in the loss.
•    Babson was shutout for the first time since a 7-0 loss to Plymouth State on March 30.