Bell Tosses Six Shutout Innings in First Career Start, Lehr Drives in Four as Beavers Extend Winning Streak to Five
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Sophomore Tyler Bell (Abington, Mass.) tossed six shutout innings in his first career start and No. 14/14 Babson College erupted for seven runs in the fourth inning on its way to defeating MIT, 15-0, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball action on Sunday afternoon at Fran O'Brien Field.
Babson, which has won five in a row, improves to 22-4 overall and 11-2 in league play, while MIT slips to 13-12-1 overall and 5-6 in the NEWMAC with its fifth consecutive loss.
Senior Edward Lehr (Byram Township, N.J.) went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI and classmate Eric Jaun (Loveland, Ohio) doubled twice and drove in three runs for the Beavers. Fellow senior Nicholas Browne (Mount Laurel, N.J.) homered as part of a two-hit day, junior Jake Oliger (Newtown, Conn.) and Sean Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) drove in three runs, and classmate Matthew Valente (Wyckoff, N.J.) singled twice, walked twice and scored a pair of runs in the victory.
Bell (1-0) struck out five and allowed just three singles while retiring the final 10 batters he faced in the longest outing of his career. Sophomore Ryan Vatcher (Ramsey, N.J.) and first-year Nate Carpenter (Groveland, Mass.) did not allow a hit over the final three innings for Babson.
Junior Zack Kopstein (Tiburon, Calif.) started and lasted just 3.2 innings after giving up five runs on five hits to fall to 2-1 for the Engineers.
Lehr opened the scoring with a two-run double to left in the third and the Green and White broke the game open with a seven-run fourth. Jaun started the frame with a double and scored on Browne's sacrifice fly, and then delivered the big blow in his second at-bat of the inning with a bases-loaded double to right that drove in all three runs to make it 9-0.
Lehr and Oliger both drew bases-loaded walks, and MIT senior Zeke Long (Albuquerque, N.M.) hit Harrington to drive in another before Jaun greeted sophomore Tommy Hannan (San Marino, Calif.) with his three-run double.
Browne blasted his team-leading fifth homer of the season to leadoff the fifth, and Beavers tacked on four more runs in the seventh thanks to a bases-loaded walk to Lehr, a two-run single by Harrington and an RBI knock from Oliger. Lehr singled with one out in the ninth and scored on Oliger's double to left center with the final run of the game.
Babson returns to action on Monday against Suffolk at 11 a.m., while MIT travels to Coast Guard on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 54-37-1 all-time against MIT and have won 10 of the last 12 games in the series.
• Babson has not allowed more than three runs in any contest during its five-game winning streak, and outscored the Engineers 34-3 in a three-game sweep over the weekend.
• The Green and White has outscored its opponents 27-3 in the fourth inning this season.
• The Beavers are 15-0 this season when scoring six or more runs.