Beavers Match Program Record with 27th Win of the Year
HARWICH, Mass.—Sophomore Eric Jaun (Loveland, Ohio) set an NCAA Tournament program record with five hits and senior Owen Shea (Northborough, Mass.) drove in three runs as Babson College defeated No. 18 D3baseball.com/No. 22 Collegiate Baseball St. John Fisher College, 12-8, in an elimination game at the Harwich Regional on Saturday morning at Whitehouse Field.
With the win, Babson (27-14) matches the 2002 squad for the most wins in program history and advances to play either No. 22/20 Salve Regina or RV/No. 25 Arcadia University on Saturday at 8 p.m. St. John Fisher, which reached the College World Series last season, closes its season at 31-12.
Jaun was 5-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI, senior Jake Weiss (Irvine, Calif.) went 2-for-3 with two RBI and three stolen bases, and first-year Sean Harrington (Walople, Mass.) added two hits and scored twice for the Beavers. Junior Connor Gill (Sterling, Mass.) improved to 5-0 on the year with a gritty eight-inning effort. He allowed four earned runs on nine hits while striking out one in his first start since April 23.
Junior Scott Eisenmenger (Hilton, N.Y.) and senior Malcolm Kelsey (Piscataway, N.J.) both had two hits and drove in a pair of runs for the Cardinals. Sophomore Jim Dawson (Webster, N.Y.) didn't make it out of the second inning after giving up nine runs, five of them earned, on six hits.
St. John Fisher took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first before the Green and White countered with seven runs in the bottom of the frame. Weiss scored on an RBI single by senior Jack Halpin (Glastonbury, Conn.) and junior Ryan Arena (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) followed with a sacrifice fly to plate sophomore Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.) to make it 2-1.
Jaun drove in Halpin with a base hit to right, Shea got hit by an 0-1 pitch to drive in a run, junior Adam Ayala (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) followed with an RBI ground out and Weiss singled home junior Mark Webber (Norwell, Mass.) for a six-run advantage. The Beavers continued their outburst with a four-run second inning that pushed the lead to 11-1 on a two-run single by Shea.
The Cardinals took advantage of three hits, a walk and a hit batsman to scratch out four runs in the fourth, but Gill allowed just three base runners between the fifth and eighth innings to keep Babson comfortably in front.
• With one hit on Saturday, Halpin is now juts three shy of Matt Delaney's '09 school record of 199.
• Jaun is now 8-for-13 (.615) with four RBI and four runs scored in three games at the Harwich Regional.
• The Beavers are now 22-1 this season when finishing with more hits than their opponents.