BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Jack Ward (Danvers, Mass.) had two hits, including his first career home run, and scored twice to help No. 14/14 Babson College defeat visiting UMass Boston, 6-3, in non-conference baseball action on Thursday afternoon at Govoni Field.
With its second consecutive victory, Babson improves to 19-4 on the year, while UMass Boston had its its three-game winning streak snapped to fall to 13-9 overall.
Junior Matthew Valente (Wyckoff, N.J.) went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, and six different players drove in a run for the Beavers. First-year Andrew Garbarini (Lake Worth, Fla.) earned the win to improve to 3-0 allowing three runs, two of them earned, while scattering seven hits over 5.2 innings. Sophomores Ben Aleixo (North Smithfield, R.I.), Ryan Vatcher (Ramsey, N.J.) and Tyler Bell (Abington, Mass.), who earned his second save, combined to toss 3.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Junior Anthony Cecere (Wakefield, Mass.) was 3-for-5 with a double, senior Nick Herzog (Riverhead, N.Y.) homered as part of a two-hit day, and classmate Eddie Riley (Quincy, Mass.) finished with a pair of singles for the Beacons. Junior Matt Demma (Worcester, Mass.) started and earned a no-decision after giving up one run on three hits over 4.0 innings, while classmate Chris Munro (Marshfield, Mass.) fell to 0-1 after giving up three runs on three walks and a single in 0.1 innings.
Ward tied the game with his first career home run, a solo blast to left center, in the third, and the Green and White took advantage of a pair of singles and three walks to take a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth. Senior Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.) drew a bases loaded walk to make it 2-1, classmate Edward Lehr (Byram Township, N.J.) followed with a sacrifice fly, and junior Sean Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) smacked a base hit to left center to drive in Ward for a three-run cushion.
Herzog cut the UMass Boston deficit to 4-3 with a two-out, two-run blast to center to chase Garbarini in the top of the sixth, but Valente led off the bottom of the frame with a single and later scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Aidan Scott (South Glastonbury, Conn.) to make it 5-3 in the bottom of the frame. The Beavers tacked on another insurance run in the seventh as Harrington walked and scored on senior Eric Jaun's (Loveland, Ohio) sacrifice fly to regain a three-run advantage.
Vatcher worked around a walk with a pair of strikeouts in the eighth and Bell got a foul pop up and a pair of fly outs in the ninth to secure the win.
Babson returns to action on Friday at 3:30 p.m. when it opens a three-game series against MIT at Govoni Field, while UMass Boston takes on Eastern Connecticut in a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 12 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 24-13 all-time against UMass Boston and snapped a six-game losing streak against the Beacons with Thursday's victory.
• Valente has now reached base in 14 consecutive games.
• Babson is 28-3 going back to April 22, 2017.