BABSON PARK, MASS. 3/28/13 – Babson College erupted for 13 runs over the finals four innings en route to a 14-4 come-from-behind non-conference baseball victory over Keene State College at Govoni Field in Babson Park, Mass. on Thursday.
It was the fourth straight setback for the Owls, who fall to 5-11. Babson College improves to 7-4.
Keene State jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Freshman Cody Dube (Windham, Maine) had an RBI infield hit to shortstop. Later in the inning, Dube and senior Greg Bates (Salem, N.H.) pulled off a double steal, with Bates coming home.
Owl starter, senior Eric Perrault (Salem, N.H.) was sailing along until he gave up one run in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The Beavers added four more runs in the fifth to go up 5-2. Senior Pat Matvichuk (Middleton, Mass.), who made a key defensive play, making a spectacular leaping catch on a screaming liner off the bat of sophomore Ian Seawards (Dover, N.H.) and turned it into an inning ending double play in the third, had a three-run double in the inning.
KSC got one run back in the sixth on a RBI single by junior Domingo Cruz (Manchester, N.H.).
After Babson scored two more runs in the bottom of the inning, Keene State scored a single run in the seventh on a run-producing single from Bates, making it 7-4.
Babson blew the game open with a five-run seventh inning, scoring the five runs on three hits and three Owl errors. They added two more runs in eighth inning.
Dube had two of the Owls' nine hits in the game.
Matcvichuk finished with two hits and three RBIs for Babson.
Perrault (0-2) took the loss for KSC, giving up five runs on four hits with four strikeouts and four walks in his five innings on the mound.
Sophomore Connor Allen (Madison, N.J.) picked up the win in relief for the Beavers.
Keene State will play its first Little East Conference doubleheader of the season on Saturday (12 p.m.) when it travels to Providence to face Rhode Island College.