Babson rallies in eighth inning to defeat No. 5 Southern Maine
GORHAM, Maine -- Junior Sean MacPhee went 2-for-4 and sparked a five-run eighth inning with a two-run single as visiting Babson rallied to defeat fifth-ranked Southern Maine 6-4 in non-conference baseball action on Wednesday afternoon.
With its sixth consecutive win, Babson is now 18-13 overall, while Southern Maine, which had won 10 of its past 11 games, falls to 24-8 on the year.
First-year Jack Halpin led all players with three hits and junior Chris Warren had two hits and scored a pair of runs for the Beavers.
First-year John Russolillo earned his first collegiate victory, allowing one run in two innings of relief, while senior Kyle Lyon recorded the final six outs to earn his first save of the year. Sophomore Hunter Silva started for the Green and White, allowing two runs on just one hit and two walks in five innings of work.
Babson left the bases loaded in the top of the first and the Huskies quickly took advantage, plating a pair of runs on just one hit in the bottom of the frame. First-year Paul McDonough walked and stole second before coming in with the game's first run on a double to center by sophomore Sam Dexter. Following a walk to senior Forrest Chadwick, Dexter advanced to third on a wild pitch and then raced home went the throw went into left to make it 2-0.
After escaping the bases loaded jam in the first, Southern Maine junior Alex Tobey retired 12 consecutive batters before junior Rob Caggiano singled with two outs in the fifth. The Beavers finally got on the board an inning later as Warren was hit to start the frame and Halpin followed with a single. Tobey induced a groundball double play, but senior Sean Lanahan reached on a two-out fielding error, allowing Warren to score to cut the deficit in half.
Senior Matt Verrier doubled to left to lead off the bottom of the seventh and later scored on a Matt Bender sacrifice fly to give the Huskies a 3-1 lead in the seventh, but the Green and White responded with a five-run eighth to take its first lead of the day. Warren started rally with a lead-off single, and senior Brendan Collins and sophomore Shea Rosadino followed with back-to-back one-out knocks to load the bases.
First-year Owen Shea's RBI single through the left side scored Warren to make it 3-2, and MacPhee plated Collins and Rosadino to give the Beavers a 4-3 edge. Caggiano laid down a sacrifice squeeze to score Shea, and MacPhee came across on a wild pitch for a three-run lead.
Lyon worked around a one-out single in the eighth and then escaped a one-out bases loaded jam in the last of the ninth, getting consecutive ground outs to retire the side and seal the win.
Tobey allowed no earned runs on four hits and 5 2/3 innings for the Huskies, who used six relievers during the final 3 1/3 frames. Andrew Richards took the loss, giving up five earned runs on five hits during 1 1/3 innings of work.