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Lehr, Baseball Down Suffolk, 9-1, in Elimination Game at Harwich Regional

Lehr, Baseball Down Suffolk, 9-1, in Elimination Game at Harwich Regional

HARWICH, Mass.—Sophomore Edward Lehr (Byram Township, N.J.) tossed a complete-game two-hitter and Babson College scored in each of the first six innings en route to a 9-1 victory over Suffolk University in an NCAA Tournament elimination game at the Harwich Regional on Sunday afternoon.

Babson (29-14), which staved off elimination for the third time in just over 24 hours, has now won 16 of its last 17 outings, while Suffolk sees its year come to a close at 33-14.

Sophomore Connor Gill (Sterling, Mass.) went 4-for-5 with two RBI, and junior Mark Webber (Norwell, Mass.) was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and three runs scored in support of Lehr, who struck out five in the first complete game of his career. Senior Jack Halpin (Glastonbury, Conn.), who tied the program's all-time hits record, classmate Jake Weiss (Irvine, Calif.), sophomore Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.) and first-year Sean Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) all finished with two knocks and drove in a run for the Beavers.

Junior Brady Chant (Warwick, R.I.) went 1-for-2 with  pair of walks and a run scored for the Rams.

Weiss walked and scored in the top of the first and the Green and White went in front for good in the second after Lehr used a strikeout to work out of a bases-loaded jam. Gill ripped a double down the left field line to plate Webber, and then came around to score on McHale's two-out knock to center for a 3-1 advantage.

The Beavers pushed the margin to 4-1 with a two-out rally in the third as senior Owen Shea (Northborough, Mass.) reached on an error and scored on an RBI single by Weiss that chased Suffolk starting pitcher, sophomore Kevin Sinatra (East Boston, Mass.). Halpin led off with a single and scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Eric Jaun (Loveland, Ohio) to make it 5-1 in the fourth, and Arena came through with a two-out RBI single in the fifth for a 6-1 cushion.

Gill plated Webber with a two-out single in the sixth and Webber smoked a two-run homer that just stayed fair to push the Babson advantage to 9-1 in the eighth.

The lead was more than enough for Lehr (3-2), who was superb in his first start since April 24. He retired 14 retired batters through the middle innings and didn't allow a hit after the second in the longest outing of his career.

Sinatra (3-2) gave up four runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out three in 2.2 innings. Junior Mark Fusco (Medford, Mass.) allowed five runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings of relief for the Rams.

Babson will take on UMass Boston at 4 p.m. needing a win to force a winner-take-all regional final on Monday.

REGIONAL NOTES
•    The Beavers are now 27-18 all-time against Suffolk.
•    Halpin's 199 career hits ties him with Matt Delaney '08. He has also hit safely in all five NCAA Tournament games and in 18 of the last 19 contests going back to April 19.
•    McHale extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
•    Gill has three doubles in the regional and has three multi-hit games in four starts at second base.
•    Babson's starting rotation has gone at least 7.0 innings in every NCAA Tournament game, which includes complete-game efforts by both Lehr and sophomore Michael Genaro (Greenwich, Conn.).

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