KEENE, N.H. – Babson College scored in each of the first four innings and went on to defeat the Keene State College baseball team 16-1 on Sunday afternoon at Owl Athletic Complex.
- Keene State: 13-14
- Babson: 25-10
How It Happened
The Owls fell behind early and never recovered in the non-conference loss. Ryan Linehan went 1-for-3 and had his first RBI in an Owl uniform. Tyler Gammie doubled and went 2-for-3, while Sam Czel, John Tarascio, David Sevigny, Connor Longley, and Chase Kidd each recorded one hit. Ryan Arena was 3-for-3 with a double and home run to lead Babson, while Matthew Valente, Nicholas Browne and Jake Oliger all had a pair of hits, with Browne also going yard.
The Beavers put up three in the first inning off KSC starter Steven Zadravec (1-2). Brian McHale worked a walk and stole second before, with one down, Arena scored him with a single to center. After a fly ball for the second out, Valente lined a single that plated Arena for a 2-0 Babson lead. Oliger's single later in the frame produced a third run.
The Owls had a chance of their own in the bottom of the first when Czel led off with a single to right and Connor Walsh drew a two-out walk. Both runners then advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch, but a strikeout left them stranded.
A two-run blast from Arena with two-down in the second made it a 5-0 game and the Beavers continued to tack on from there, as Aidan Scott's single up the middle in the third scored Oliger for a sixth run. Arena's bat stayed hot, as he led off with a double in the fourth to kick off another three-run frame for Babson. He eventually scored on Valente's RBI single and, after a pitching change, Browne cracked a two-run homer for a 9-0 lead.
Keene State's offense managed single hits in four of the first five innings, but they could not string together any sustained rally against Babson starter Michael Genaro (7-1) until the seventh. In that frame, Longley singled to right with one down and Gammie followed with a double to the same area to put runners on second and third. Linehan then drove home Longley with a single that made it 9-1. The Owls still had two on and one down, but a strikeout and flare to second ended the inning.
The Beavers scored seven times in the ninth on three walks, three hit batters, and two hits to set the final margin.
Zadravec went the first 3.1 innings for Keene State before Bobby Baril, Greg Poggioli, Colby McMahon, and Tim O'Halloran all saw time on the mound. Poggioli entered in the sixth and tossed three scoreless frames with four strikeouts.
Around the Horn
- The three-inning appearance for Poggioli matched the longest of his freshman season. He now has ten strikeouts in nine innings of work on the year.
- Gammie is 3-for-7 with a double in his last three appearances. His multiple-hit effort today was the second of his young career, as he went 3-for-4 in a win at Johnson and Wales on March 24.
- Babson was receiving votes in the most recent d3baseball.com Top 25 poll.
- Keene State will be back in action tomorrow, April 23, hosting Plymouth State at 3:30 pm for a conference game. It is the first of two consecutive games against the Panthers, as the Owls will travel to Plymouth on Tuesday for a rematch.
- Babson has a home game on Tuesday, April 24 against Wentworth at 3:30 pm.