Babson Sweeps Baseball In NEWMAC Finale

Babson Sweeps Baseball In NEWMAC Finale
Springfield, Mass – April 23, 2017 – The Springfield College baseball team was swept by Babson, 15-5 and 7-5, in the Pride's final New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action of the year at Berry-Allen Field on Sunday.
Babson improved to 17-13, 11-5 in conference play, while the Pride dropped to 15-14, 8-9.  
Springfield will play its seventh game in five days on Monday when it hosts MCLA at 3:30.
Game One - Babson 15, Springfield 5

The Beavers produced 20 hits in the contest and took advantage of seven Springfield errors to coast to a 15-5 win over the Pride.

Babson's Adam Ayala (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) reached on an error to leadoff the game and wasted no time scoring after Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.) laced a double to deep right field to put the Beavers on the board.  Owen Shea (Northborough, Mass.) added to the Beavers lead in the second when he lifted a pitch over the right field fence for a solo homer.

Springfield strung together three-straight singles in the bottom of the second from Brandon Drabinski (Lisbon, Conn.), Mike Jamieson (New Fairfield, Conn.), and Logan Barrett (Petersham, Mass.).  The Pride then got the scoring started with a sacrifice fly by Patrick Coan (Pawcutuck, Conn) to right, plating Drabinski, before Brandon Russo (Lisbon, Conn.) slapped a single through the left side of the infield to tie the game up.

The visitors went back on top in the third as Jack Halpin (Glastonbury, Conn) led things off with single and Ryan Arena (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) delivered a run-scoring double into the gap in left.  Arena would later score on the Pride's fourth error of the game and Sean Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) crossed the plate, after previously connecting on a single, thanks to a sacrifice fly by Mark Webber (Norwell, Mass.)

The Pride got a run back in the bottom of the third, making the most of Colin King (Berlin, Conn.) reaching on a Babson error to lead off the inning.  The senior moved into scoring position after a stolen base and single by Mark Joao (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) and later scored on a wild pitch.

Babson tacked on two runs in the fourth on RBI singles from McHale and Arena and blew open the game with four runs in the fifth as it totaled four hits, highlighted by a two-run single by Jake Weiss (Irvine, Calif.).

Springfield managed to plate a par of runs in the fifth, with King cracking a single and then benefiting from two errors by the Beavers on the opening play of the frame.  Coan would then record a run-scoring hit to score Drabinski, who previously drilled a single.

In the sixth, the Beavers lead ballooned to 13-5 on another RBI single from Ayala and a double down the left field line by McHale which plated Ayala.  The visitors added two more runs in the ninth, as Eric Juan (Loveland, Ohio) drew a bases loaded walk to score McHale and Webber ripped a run-scoring single which allowed Halpin to score.

McHale highlighted Babson's efforts at the plate, going 5-for-6 with three RBI and two runs scored.  Joao had the Pride's best day offensively, connecting on three hits.

Shawn Babineau (Ashland, Mass.) was tagged the loss as he gave up five earned runs off 13 hits in 4.2 innings of work.  Connor Gill (Sterling, Mass.) picked up the win for Babson, pitching seven innings of 12-hit ball, striking out five while giving up five runs, three earned.

Game Two -- Babson 7, Springfield 5

Babson got off to a fast start again the second game of the twinbill, scoring the game's first three runs.  The Beavers scored twice in the second, getting a run-scoring double down the left field line by Sean Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) and a sacrifice fly from Mark Webber (Norwell, Mass.).  The visitors added to their lead in the fourth when Ryan Arena (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) tagged a home run to left.

Springfield began its comeback in the bottom of the fourth when JP Peters (Guilford, Conn.) hammered a pitch over the left field fence for a solo homer.  The Pride then strung together a three-run fifth inning as it produced five hits.  Chad Shade (Pittsfield, Mass.) delivered a RBI double to score Peter Marsicano (Allentown, N.J.), who led off the inning with a single, before a Mark Joao (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) RBI double and Brandon Drabinski (Lisbon, Conn.) sacrifice fly put the Pride on top, 4-3.

The lead was short lived though as Babson answered right back with three runs in the sixth, getting sacrifice fly balls from Jake Oliger (Newtown, Conn) and David Lennon (Windermere, Fla.), as well as run-scoring single by Webber. 

A run in the seventh on a double down the left field line from Arena scored Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.) to make it a 7-4 contest, only to have Shade come around to score in the bottom half after he singled, stole a base, and scored on a Babson miscue.

Springfield made one last push, putting together a two-out rally with Colin King (Berlin, Conn.) and Joao on second and third with two outs.  However, on full-count, Drabinski flied out to center to conclude the game.

Arena finished the contest going 4-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI.  Both Shade and Joao went 3-for-5 from the plate for the Pride in the setback.

Springfield starter Joe Gamache (Lebanon, Conn.) took a no-decision after giving up three earned off five hits in five innings of work.  Ken Manero (Hudson, Mass.) was charged the loss as he surrendered four runs, three earned, off six hits in 1.2 innings.

Michael Genaro (Greenwich, Conn.) earned the win, going 7.0 innings on the  mound for the Beavers as he allowed five runs, four earned, off 11 hits and striking out three.  Matt Cuneo (Ashland, Mass.) came in to pitch a scoreless ninth to get the save.