Bell, No. 7/8 Babson Blank Keene State, 5-0
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Tyler Bell (Abington, Mass.) tossed eight shutout innings as No. 7/8 Babson College defeated visiting Keene State College, 5-0, in non-conference baseball action on Thursday afternoon at Govoni Field.
With its ninth win in 10 games, Babson improves to 26-5 overall, while Keene State slips to 9-19 on the year.
Bell struck out six and gave up just four hits in the longest effort of his career to improve to 2-0 on the year. Junior Sean Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored, senior Connor Gill (Sterling, Mass.) singled twice and scored once, and junior Zack Sette (Franklin, Mass.) reached base three times and drove in a pair of runs for the Beavers.
Junior Sam Czel (Newtown, Conn.) went 2-for-4 with a triple to lead the Owls. First-year Alex Koletar (Stratford, Conn.) made his second start of the year and shouldered the loss to fall to 0-1 after giving up two runs on five hits to go along with two strikeouts and two walks in 4.0 innings.
The Green and White got off to a fast start with runs in each of the first two frames. Senior Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.) walked and came around to score on Harrington's RBI single through the right side in the first, and junior Jake Oliger (Newtown, Conn.) raced home on Sette's RBI double in the second after leading off the inning with a triple to make it 2-0.
The Beavers added to their advantage in the fifth as Gill singled to left, moved to second on an error and third on a balk before coming home to score on senior Eric Jaun's (Loveland, Ohio) ground out to the pitcher. Sette then drew Babson's fourth walk of the inning to force home Harrington making it 4-0.
The Green and White tacked on another insurance run in the seventh as Harrington started the frame with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch before scoring on junior Matthew Valente's (Wyckoff, N.J.) two-out triple to right for a 5-0 cushion.
The lead was more than enough for Bell, who didn't allow a hit over the first three innings and did not allow a runner past second base prior to Czel's triple to the base of the wall in left center with two outs in the eighth. Junior William Gallagher (Kingston, Mass.) recorded a pair of strikeouts and retired the side in order in the ninth to close out the victory.
Babson returns to action on Friday when it hosts Suffolk at 3 p.m., while Keene State takes on UMass Dartmouth in a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 12 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 8-7 all-time against Keene State and have won the last five games in the series.
• Thursday's shutout was the fifth of the season for Babson.
• Bell has not allowed a run in 14.0 innings of work over his last two starts and 19.0 innings overall in seven appearances since March 25.
• Valente extended his streak of reaching base safely to 22 games with his fifth-inning walk.