BABSON PARK, Mass. – April 12, 2008 -- The Babson College baseball team scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to claim a dramatic 4-3 victory over visiting Springfield College in game one of a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader at Govoni Field on Saturday afternoon. The Beavers then completed the sweep with a 6-1 win in game two.
With the victories, Babson, ranked seventh in New England by the NCAA, improved to 19-8 overall and 8-1 in the conference, while Springfield fell to 10-16 overall and 3-5 in the NEWMAC.
Sophomore Peter O’Toole (Salem, Mass.) had a monster day at the plate for Babson, going a combined 4-for-6 with two runs scored and seven RBIs, including a game-tying two-run single in the seventh inning of the opener and a three-run homer that broke the game open in the fourth inning of the nightcap.
Springfield grabbed an early 1-0 lead in game one, as junior Luke Gabordi (Ledyard, Conn.) led off the second inning with his first home run of the season over the wall in right center. Babson then knotted the contest in the bottom half of the frame, as O’Toole singled in senior Robbie Leer (Edina, Minn.) for his first RBI of the day.
The Pride plated two more runs against Babson first-year starter Andrew Aizenstadt (Norwell, Mass.) in the fifth, as sophomore Joe Kropa (Cranford, N.J.) singled in junior Drew Michael (Longmeadow, Mass.) and later scored on a single by senior Rex Cone (Bristol, Conn.). The visitors would carry that lead into the bottom of the seventh, when Babson rallied with three runs to grab the victory.
Sophomore Jake Bartlett (Weymouth, Mass.) led off the seventh with an infield single, and classmate Brian Scanlon (Lawrenceville, N.J.) followed with a double to left center. O’Toole then followed with a huge two-run single up the middle, scoring Bartlett and first-year pinch-runner Austin Dadio (Branford, Conn.) to tie the contest at 3-3. O’Toole would move to second on a bunt single by sophomore Chris Wood (Medford, Mass.), and, after Springfield starter Jimmy Lisowski (Warwick, Mass.) induced a fly ball for the second out of the inning, senior co-captain Matt Delaney (Newton, Mass.) ripped the game-winning double into the left centerfield gap, clinching the 4-3 victory for Babson.
Aizenstadt did not receive a decision after allowing three runs on six hits and striking out three in five innings of work. Junior Matt Barton (Washingtonville, N.J.) came on to pitch two scoreless innings out of the pen, giving up three hits and fanning two as he improved to 3-1 with his second relief win in as many days.
Lisowski (2-2) went the distance and took the loss for Springfield, giving up four runs on eight hits and striking out four in 6 1/3 innings. Gabordi paced the Pride offense in the opener, going 3-for-3 with a run and an RBI.
Scanlon plated Babson’s first run with an RBI groundout in the second inning of the nightcap, but Springfield answered with an RBI double by Cone in the top of the third to even the score at 1-1. O’Toole then put the Beavers in front to stay when he blasted his first home run of the spring over the wall in left, scoring Scanlon and Bartlett and giving the hosts a 4-1 cushion. Scanlon would tack on another run when he doubled in Leer in the sixth and O’Toole capped off his outstanding afternoon with another RBI single in the eighth as Babson claimed the 6-1 victory.
Junior Jeff Wojnar (Bellaire, Texas) was stellar on the hill in game two for Babson, giving up 10 hits but only one run while striking out four in seven strong innings as he improved to 2-2 on the year. Senior John Hudspeth (Mount Laurel, N.J.) continued his excellent work out of the bullpen for the Beavers, tossing two scoreless innings of relief.
Springfield junior Jacob Feist (Allentown, Pa.) surrendered five runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings for the Pride, as the loss dropped his season mark to 2-2. Sophomore Ryan White (Colchester, Conn.) pitched 2 1/3 solid innings of relief, giving up one run on four hits and fanning one.