Babson Park, Mass. –- March 30, 2011 -- Despite a three-hit performance by Brian Harris, the Springfield College baseball team fell this afternoon to Babson College, 10-1, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game at Govoni Field.
With the win, Babson improves to 14-4 overall and 7-2 in the NEWMAC while Springfield dips to 6-10 and 0-6 in NEWMAC play.
Finishing the day 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored, and two RBIs, Babson senior captain Dave Ahern has now hit safely in all 19 of the Beavers’ games this spring, tying the single-season program mark. Overall, Ahern has hit in 22 consecutive games dating back to last season, which is Babson baseball’s longest streak ever.
The Beavers scored their first four runs with two outs in the second inning beginning when first-year Chris Warren (Medfield, Mass.) singled through the right side. A single to the shortstop by first-year catcher Brendan Collins (Abington, Mass.) and a walk to sophomore Pat Matvichuk (Middleton, Mass.) loaded the bases for the Beavers before a single from Ahern coupled with an error scored the first two Babson runs. A double-steal then put Ahern on second and allowed Matvichuk to score to make it 3-0, and senior outfielder Corey Highfield (East Hampstead, N.H.) brought Ahern home with a single through the right side to give Babson the early 4-0 lead.
A pair of Springfield singles from senior John Schmaltz (Cromwell, Conn.) and first-year Sean Smith (Broken Arrow, Okla.) got the Pride going in the fourth inning. A single up the middle from senior Brian Harris (East Hartford, Conn.) then drove in Schmaltz for Springfield’s first and only run of the day.
The Beavers answered with another solid inning scoring an additional four runs in the fourth to take an 8-1 lead. Collins took first base on a fielding error and then advanced to second with a sacrifice bunt from Matvichuk. Ahern then hit his team-leading 10th double of the season to bring in Collins. A double from junior Travis Jonasson (Needham, Mass.) followed by a triple from sophomore Chris Kucher (Westwood, Mass.) put the Beavers up 7-1, and a wild pitch allowed Kucher to cross the plate for Babson’s eighth run of the day.
In the bottom of the seventh, first-year Sean Lanahan (Avon, Conn.) came into the game as a pinch-hitter and walked. A double to right field from junior Billy Miller (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) followed by the first career double from Warren gave the Beavers an additional two runs bringing their lead to nine, 10-1.
Babson was led by Ahern and Warren who each finished with two hits and two RBI’s. Highfield followed with two hits and one RBI. Junior Trevor MacNeill (Hanover, Mass.) earned the win (3-0) pitching six innings and allowing only five hits and one earned run while striking out five.
Harris led Springfield with three hits and one RBI. Senior Steve Forbes (Northport, N.Y.) pitched six innings in defeat (2-2).
Springfield will visit Clark on Friday for a 3pm game, weather permitting.