Auburndale, Fla. - March 15, 2017 - Despite an impressive collegiate debut for freshman pitcher Shawn Babineau (Ashland, Mass.), the Springfield College baseball team fell to Roger Williams, 6-2, at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex on Wednesday afternoon.
With the loss, the Pride evens its record out at 2-2, while the Hawks are now 3-3 on the year.
Babineau pitched 7.0 innings, giving up just four hits and no earned runs while striking out seven batters. Junior Jack Weinberger (Sunapee, N.H.) and freshman Cole Donovan (Holderness, N.H.) came in to pitch the final 2.0 innings. Weinberger held the Hawks to just two hits while striking out three.
Offensively, the Pride was led by senior Colin King (Berlin, Conn.), as he went 2-for-4 at the dish and drove in Springfield College's only two runs. Junior catcher Peter Marsicano (Allentown, N.J.) also went 2-for-3 on the day, picking up a pair of singles in the setback.
Roger Williams' starter, Sam Bennett (Andover, Mass.) was key in the Hawks victory on Wednesday, as the junior left went 7.2 innings, holding the Pride to just five hits while fanning six. Chris Bosco (North Andover, Mass.) picked up a pair of doubles in the win, including an RBI double in the top of the third.
Bosco's double ignited the Hawks' bats, as Roger Williams would push a pair of runs across the plate in the top of the third, as Joey Gulino (Meriden, Conn.) followed with an RBI double of his own to score Bosco later in the inning.
The Hawks would add to its lead in the top of the eighth, when Bryan Terzian (Westport, Conn.) doubled down the left field line, plating Danny Roth (West Hartford, Conn.) and Bosco to make it 4-0 Roger Williams. The Hawks would add a fifth run when Ryan McDermott (Wrentham, Mass.) scored on a wild pitch.
In the bottom half of the frame, JP Peters (Guilford, Conn.) came up with a pinch-hit single to right, before Nick LeDuc (Belchertown, Mass.) came on to pinch run. After Marsicano put one in the hole between second and first for a single, the two advanced on a wild pitch, setting up the two-run single to center for King to cut the Pride's deficit to three.
Roger Williams pushed its lead back to four in the top of the ninth when Justin Stone (Blackstone, Mass.) scored on a wild pitch, and Ryan Havunen (Lincoln, R.I.) picked up the final three outs to seal the Hawks' win.
Up next, Springfield College will return to the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex on Thursday, March 16 when it will take on UMass-Dartmouth at 9 a.m.