Springfield, Mass. - April 17, 2018 - The Springfield College baseball team dropped a 10-1 decision to Babson in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Tuesday afternoon at Archie Allen Field.
With the loss, the Pride is now 18-10 overall and 7-6 in league play, while the Beavers, which were receiving votes in the latest American Baseball Coaches Association/Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division III Baseball Poll, improve to 21-9 on the year with an 11-3 mark against league opponents.
Offensively, the Pride were only able to notch a total of eight hits throughout the contest, two of which came from Chad Shade (Pittsfield, Mass.), while the sophomore also scored one run. Driving in Shade was Mark Joao (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), who recorded his 30th RBI of the year. Springfield College starter Nick Naples (Kensington, Conn.) took the loss to fall to 2-3 on the year, while John Daley (Huntington, Mass.) was impressive in relief, tossing 3.0 frames, giving up just two hits to the Beavers.
Babson's Michael Genaro (Greenwich, Conn.) was strong for the Beavers as he threw 8.0 innings, allowing just six hits while fanning seven. Drew Petillo (Bridgewater, N.J.) came on for the final inning to seal the win.
Babson jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the top of the first inning, which was capped by a two-run double from Connor Gill (Sterling, Mass.), before the visitors tacked on two more in the top of the second on RBI from Matthew Valente (Wyckoff, N.J.) and Eric Jaun (Loveland, Ohio) to take a 9-0 lead. After Babson pushed its 10th run across in the top of the fourth, the Pride rallied for in the bottom of the sixth as Shade got into scoring position after an infield single. Two batters later, Joao singled to right center, scoring Shade from third to make it 10-1, Beavers.
From there, Genaro and Petillo locked in, as Petillo forced a game-ending double play to clinch the victory for the Beavers.
Up next, the Pride will hit the road and take on Rhode Island College on Wednesday, April 18 at 3:30 p.m. in Providence, R.I.