HARTFORD, Conn.—Senior Michael Genaro (Greenwich, Conn.) allowed just one run over eight innings and junior Jake Oliger (Newtown, Conn.) drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth as No. 7/9 Babson College defeated Trinity College, 4-1, at the Hartford Regional on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, Babson (35-7) matched its single-season record for victories, while Trinity slipped to 28-7 on the year.
Oliger, senior Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.), who drove in two runs, and classmate Nicholas Browne (Mount Laurel, N.J.) all finished with two hits apiece for the Beavers. Genaro scattered five hits, struck out seven, and improved to 7-3 with the win, while junior William Gallagher (Kingston, Mass.) worked a perfect ninth to record his first save.
Senior Ben Reinisch (Troy, N.Y.) finished with two hits for the Bantams. First-year Cameron Crowley (Downers Grove, Ill.), who entered the day at 8-0, suffered his first loss of the year after giving up two runs on six hits and four walks in 7.2 innings.
Tied at 1-1 after seven, the Green and White loaded the bases with three straight singles and went in front for good on Oliger's RBI knock that drove in McHale with the eventual game-winning run. Junior Matthew Valente (Wyckoff, N.J.) scored on first-year Thomas Lapham's (Charlestown, Mass.) sacrifice fly in the ninth and McHale followed with a two-out RBI single for the final margin.
After leaving runners in scoring position in each of the first three frames, Trinity went in front 1-0 in the fourth when senior Johnny Stamatis (Ridgefield, Conn.) led off with a double and later scored on sophomore Vincent Capone's (Ambler, Pa.) sacrifice fly. Babson pulled even an inning later as Valente drew a leadoff walk before coming home on McHale's sacrifce fly.
The Beavers will take on either Trinity or Salve Regina in Sunday's regional final at 2:30 p.m.
• Babson is now 6-11 all-time against Trinity.
• With his eighth-inning single, Oliger passed Jon Cignetti '98 and Kevin Higa '03 as the program's single-season leader with 51 RBI.
• Genaro, the program's all-time leader with 25 wins, set new single-season career highs in innings pitched (80.1) and strikeouts (64) in Saturday's win.
• The Beavers are 20-3 away from home this season.