BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Patrick Vartanian's (Canton, Mass.) drove in the go-ahead runs in the top of the ninth inning as UMass Dartmouth regrouped after losing a five-run lead to defeat No. 7/8 Babson College, 7-5, in non-conference baseball action on Wednesday afternoon at Govoni Field.
Babson, which had its eight-game winning streak snapped, dips to 25-5 overall, while UMass Dartmouth improves to 13-17 with its fourth top-25 win of the year.
Seniors Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.) and Edward Lehr (Byram Township, N.J.) both had two hits, while classmate Connor Gill (Sterling, Mass.) walked twice and scored a pair of runs for the Beavers. Fellow senior Eric Jaun (Loveland, Ohio) and juniors Jake Oliger (Newtown, Conn.) and Sean Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) all drove in a run in the loss.
Senior Max Tannenbaum (Coral Springs, Fla.), one of seven pitchers used by Babson, fell to 3-1 with the loss after giving up two runs, one of them earned, in the ninth.
Vartanian had three hits, junior Mike Knell (Dennis, Mass.) hit a two-run homer, and classmate JR DiSarcina (Barnstable, Mass.) drove in a pair of runs for the Corsairs. Fellow junior Nate Tellier (Attleboro, Mass.) also went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in the win. First-year Chase Stafford (Somerset, Mass.) settled for a no-decision after striking out four and allowing just one hit over 5.0 innings. Sophomore Logan Maitland (Tiverton, R.I.) picked up the win to improve to 2-4 with a scoreless inning of relief and senior Ryan Britton (Milford, N.H.) recorded the final out for his first save.
UMass Dartmouth took advantage of a bases-loaded walk to first-year Jon Candiales (Attleboro, Mass.) and got a two-out, two-run single from DiSarcina to build a 3-0 lead in the second. The Corsairs stranded a pair of runners in the fourth before extending their advantage to 5-0 in the fifth on Knell's blast to right center.
The Green and White got its first hit of the game on junior Alex DiMartino's (Mahwah, N.J.) single with two outs in the fifth, and cut its deficit to 5-1 in the sixth when Lehr raced home on a double steal. After going down in order in the seventh, the Beavers scored four times to tie the game in the eighth.
Gill walked, McHale and Lehr singled, and Harrington was hit by a pitch to bring home a run making it 5-2. Oliger and Jaun produced runs with sacrifice flies, and junior Zack Sette (Franklin, Mass.), who came on to run for Harrington, scored on another delayed steal to pull even at 5-5. UMass Dartmouth responded in the top of the ninth though, as Vartanian's single to left was mishandled allowing both Knell and Tellier to score.
Gill and McHale both reached with one out in the last of the ninth, but junior Louie Berdecia (Mahopac, N.Y.) got a ground out and Britton followed with a strikeout to end the threat.
Both teams are back in action on Thursday as the Beavers host Keene State at 3:30 p.m., while UMass Dartmouth travels to Suffolk at 4 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 14-22 all-time against UMass Dartmouth although the loss was its first in the series since 2015.
• Junior Matthew Valente (Wyckoff, N.J.) walked in the eighth inning to reach base for the 21st straight game.
• Lehr recorded his 12th multi-hit game of the season, which is tied for first on the team.
• Gill made his first start since March 30 for Babson after missing the last 14 games due to injury.