BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Jordy Allard (Woodstock, Vt.) recorded seven strikeouts over seven innings and six different players drove in a run as 19th-ranked Babson College defeated visiting WPI, 10-2, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball action on Tuesday afternoon at Govoni Field.
Babson, which has won nine consecutive games, improves to 10-2 overall and 3-0 in league play, while WPI slips to 13-5 overall and 0-1 in the NEWMAC.
Senior Connor Gill (Sterling, Mass.) went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored, while classmate Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.) and junior Jake Oliger (Newtown, Mass.) both singled and drove in two runs apiece for the Beavers. Classmate Matthew Valente (Wyckoff, N.J.) had two hits, including a double, and scored twice in support of Allard, who gave up just one run on four hits to improve to 3-0 on the year.
Junior Tyrone Patterson (Upper Marlboro, Md.) and senior Austin Lindner (Princeton Junction, N.J.) both had two hits for the Engineers. Junior David Larson (Port Tobacco, Md.) struggled with his control and allowed eight runs, seven of them earned, on seven hits and four walks over 4.0 innings to fall to 3-1 on the season with the loss.
The Green and White jumped on top 3-0 in the bottom of the first as junior Sean Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) drew a bases-loaded walk and Oliger delivered Gill with a sacrifice fly to right. Junior Alex DiMartino (Mahwah, N.J.) scored when Larson dropped a pop-up with two outs in the second, and the Beavers busted the game open with a four-run fourth.
Valente and senior Nicholas Browne (Mount Laurel, N.J.) led off the frame with back-to-back singles and later came around to score on an RBI ground out by McHale and an opposite field single by Gill to make it 6-0. Lehr drove in DiMartino with another base hit to right one batter later, and the relay throw got away at third base allowing Gill to race home all the way from first for an 8-0 advantage.
The run support was more than enough for Allard, who closed the third inning with the first of five consecutive strikeouts, and retired nine straight batters before Lindner singled to lead off the sixth. WPI finally got on the board in the seventh as senior Steven Gallagher (Coventry, R.I.) started the frame with a double and scored on a ground out by sophomore Jordan DeDonato (Danvers, Mass.) two batters later.
Both teams are back in action on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. as Babson hosts Framingham State, while WPI takes on Worcester State in Northborough, Mass.
• The Beavers are 49-24 all-time against WPI and have won three straight games in the series.
• All nine of Babson's starters recorded at least one hit on Wednesday as Jaun, McHale, and senior Edward Lehr (Byram Township, N.J.) extended their hitting streaks to 11, nine and seven games, respectively.
• The Green and White, which has won 26 of its last 27 games at Govoni Field, is off to its best start since 2011 when it went 12-2 to begin the season.