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No. 18/17 Baseball Edges No. 3/4 Trinity, 6-5

No. 18/17 Baseball Edges No. 3/4 Trinity, 6-5

SAN ANTONIO, Texas—Senior Nicholas Browne (Mount Laurel, N.J.) drove in junior Jake Oliger (Newtown, Conn.) with the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning as No. 18 17 Collegiate Baseball Babson College defeated No. 3 4 Collegiate Baseball Trinity University, 6-5, in the second game of a three-game series on Saturday night.

Babson, which dropped the opener 6-1 on Friday night, improves to 1-1, while Trinity is now 7-3 on the year.

Senior Connor Gill (Sterling, Mass.) went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI and classmate Edward Lehr (Byram Township, N.J.) went 2-for-5 with a double and drove in a pair of runs for the Beavers. Oliger also drove in a run in support of junior Michael Nocchi (Manasquan, N.J.), who struck out a career high seven and allowed just one earned run over 6.2 innings. Sophomore Jordy Allard (Woodstock, Vt.) earned his first career win and senior Max Tannenbaum (Coral Springs, Fla.) picked up the save for the Green and White.

Senior Jake Martin (Edmond, Okla.) doubled twice and drove in three runs, while junior Rafe Chaumette (Sugar Land, Texas) singled twice for the Tigers. Junior James Nittoli (San Antonio, Texas) started and fanned five while allowing three earned runs over 4.1 innings, and sophomore Cash Crane (Jewett, Texas) suffered his first loss of the year after giving up a walk and a run in a third of an inning.

Lehr plated Gill with an RBI single in the top of the first, but Martin drilled an RBI double to right and later scored on senior John Tucker's (Houston, Texas) sacrifice bunt to give Trinity a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the frame. Babson pulled even on Oliger's RBI single with one out in the fourth, and then went in front when Jaun raced home from third with one of his three stolen bases following a failed pick-off attempt at first.

Gill scored on Lehr's double to the gap in left center to make it 4-2 in the fifth and junior Aidan Scott (South Glastonbury, Conn.) came on an RBI double by Gill to extend the Beavers' lead to 5-2 in the seventh. Nocchi struck out junior Brannen Caraway (Hallettsville, Texas) for the second out of the seventh, but the Tigers scored on an error one batter later and Martin hit a bases-loaded double to the left field corner off Allard to plate two more runs and tie the game at 5-5.

The Green and White went back in front for good in the eighth though, as Oliger walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch before racing home on Browne's one-out single to right. Sophomore Henry Leake (Burbank, Calif.) struck out two in the eighth and Tannenbaum worked around a leadoff single in the ninth to secure the win.

The teams will wrap up their three-game series on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET.

• The Beavers are now 2-3 all-time against Trinity.
• Jaun's three stolen bases are one shy of the single-game program record and the most by a Babson player since senior Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.) swiped three bags in a win over Hope last March.
• Gill extended his hitting streak to 10 games, Lehr has a hit in eight straight contests, and junior Sean Harrington (Walpole, Mass.), who walked twice, has reached base in 17 straight outings.
• The Beavers are 11-4 since the start of last year in games decided by one or two runs.