Springfield, Mass.- April 10, 2019 - Despite holding nationally-ranked Babson to just two hits, the Springfield College baseball team dropped a 3-0 decision to the Beavers in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play at Archie Allen Field on Wednesday afternoon.
With the loss the Pride slips to 13-11 on the year and 5-5 in conference play, while the Beavers, which were ranked No. 14 in both the d3baseball.com and American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) National Rankings, improve to 18-4 overall with an 8-2 mark against league foes. Wednesday's game marked the first time since April 30, 2016 that Babson has been held to two or fewer hits in a contest, with the last coming in a 6-0 loss to MIT in the NEWMAC semifinals.
Graduate student Mark Joao (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) and sophomore Eduardo Martinez (Southwick, Mass.) highlighted the day for the Pride as Joao was able to reach base in three of his four at bats, including a pair of singles, and Martinez was able to chip in a pair of base hits. Jason Bean (Middleboro, Mass.) also went 2-for-4 on the day, including having the lone double for the Pride.
Sophomore Dakota Aldrich (Ellington, Conn.) took the ball on the mound for the Pride and had some trouble finding the strike zone, as he was only able to last 1.1 innings, before senior Kenny Walton (New Providence, Pa.) came on in relief in a clutch situation with one out and the bases loaded in the second inning. Walton only needed a few pitches to induce a flyball that Bean made a sliding play on and popped up to throw the ball in and double off the runner leading off of first base to end the inning.
Walton worked 3.2 innings of one-run ball in relief, before Cole Donovan (Holderness, N.H.) came into the game in the sixth inning. Fletcher Comment (Westbrook, Conn.) finished off the game for the Pride in the eighth inning and would go 2.0 strong frames, not allowing a hit and striking out two in the final innings.
For Babson, Jordy Allard (Woodstock, Vt.) got the nod and pitched 6.0 innings, holding the maroon and white to just six hits while striking out five. Max Tannenbaum (Coral Springs, Fla.) took the ball in the ninth and held the Pride to just one hit en route to his fifth save of the year.
Sophomore Jack Cooney (Pittsfield, Mass.) and Joao got the Pride into the hit column in the first frame, both poking singles to the outfield. After the first, Springfield was held silent on the offensive side of the ball until Martinez reached on an infield single but would only advance to second before the inning ended. The Pride showed signs of life when Joao led off the bottom of the sixth with a line drive up the middle for a single, but again the threat would disappear as a trio of hard hit balls turned into outs and sent the Pride back onto the field.
Bean was able to get in on the action as he laced a double to right center to start off the seventh, before Martinez notched his second infield single of the day, moving Bean to third and giving Springfield a chance to break through on the scoreboard. Strong late-game pitching from the Beavers held Springfield in check with three-straight outs to spoil the scoring chance for the Pride. Bean would reach on a single again in the bottom of the ninth but a pair of soft grounders would put the game in the books.
Springfield College will play again at Archie Allen on Thursday, April 11, as the Pride will play host to Keene State in non-conference action at 3:30 p.m.
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