CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa—Junior Jake Oliger (Newton, Conn.) capped a five-run ninth-inning rally with a two-out, two-strike, two-run single as No. 7/9 Babson College defeated Heidelberg College, 6-5, in a College World Series elimination game inside Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
With the win, Babson improves to 39-9 on the year and will take on either Birmingham Southern or Johns Hopkins in an elimination game on Sunday afternoon. Heidelberg ends the year at 35-15.
Oliger, who went 3-for-5, and senior Edward Lehr (Byram Township, N.J.) each drove in a pair of runs for the Beavers. Senior Eric Jaun (Loveland, Ohio) also had two hits, and sophomore Ryan Vatcher (Ramsey, N.J.) improved to 2-0 with the win after recording the final out in the top of the ninth.
Junior Marc Ochoa (North Royalton, Ohio) went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored, classmate Tyler Smith (Toledo, Ohio) and senior Matt Psychas (Ypsilanti, Mich.) each had two hits, and sophomore Eric Devore (Grove City, Ohio) drove in two runs for the Student Princes. Senior Joey Wenning (Cincinnati, Ohio) came in to close the ninth but left with the loss to fall to 0-2 after giving up five runs, three hits and three walks.
Down 5-1 entering the bottom of the ninth, Babson came through with a comeback for the ages to stay alive in the College World Series. Jaun led off with a triple and scored on Lehr's single to make it 5-2, and Lehr raced home on a sacrifice fly by senior Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.) to get within two.
Senior Connor Gill (Sterling, Mass.) followed with a single, junior Sean Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) worked a walk after falling down to his final strike, and Oliger dropped a single into left to bring in Gill and first-year Thomas Lapham (Charlestown, Mass.) that helped the Green and White keep its season alive.
Heidelberg took a 1-0 lead in the fifth and extended its lead to 3-0 in the sixth thanks to a two-run double by Devore. Lehr drove in Oliger with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-1 in the last of the seventh, but the Student Princes extended their cushion to 5-1 in the top of the ninth behind an RBI double from Ochoa, who later scored on an error.
Senior Michael Genaro (Greenwich, Conn.) struck out four and allowed three runs over 6.2 innings for the Beavers. Junior Trevor Adkins (Xenia, Ohio) settled for a no-decision despite fanning eight and giving up just one run over 7.0 innings.
Babson will play its second straight elimination game on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. ET.
• Babson is 1-1 all time against Heidelberg.
• Saturday's victory was the fifth of the postseason, counting the conference tournament, for the Beavers when facing elimination.
• Saturday's win was the fifth walk-off of the season for Babson, and it matched the program's biggest ninth-inning comeback since April 8, 2018, when it erased a four-run deficit to defeat Wheaton, 8-7.
• The Beavers, who are 10-1 in one-run games, have had their last four contests decided by a single run.