Babson Drives Past MIT To Reach NEWMAC Championship
April 29, 2007
Courtesy Wheaton Sports Information
NORTON, Mass. - The fourth-seeded Babson College baseball team collected 20 hits, and junior hurler Jeff Musante yielded one earned run on five hits during a complete-game effort to lift the Beavers past number three MIT, 22-2, in the semifinal round of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament on Sunday at Wheaton College's Sidell Stadium. The Beavers improve to 23-11 and advance to face top-seeded Wheaton in the final round at 1:30 p.m., when Babson seeks its first tournament title since 2004. The Engineers fall to 13-13.
The Beavers took the lead for good on senior Andrew Collins' two-out RBI single in the second inning and never looked back, plating five more in each the third and fourth innings, four in the seventh and seven in the ninth. Sophomore Jeff Wojnar poked an RBI double in the third before four additional runs came home with two down, all of which were unearned. Collins knocked another RBI base hit, while freshman Peter O'Toole had a two-run single.
Wojnar added another run-scoring hit in the fourth, while Collins sent a two-run single up the middle. Wojnar's third RBI hit of the day came in the seventh before senior Ryan Campbell smacked a three-run homer later in the frame.
MIT junior Kevin Wheeler ripped his third home run in two days to put the Engineers on the board in the bottom half of the seventh.
In the ninth, the Beavers sent 11 men to the plate, as five had hits and seven scored. An O'Toole RBI single started the scoring, while Campbell's two-run single capped the frame.
Collins went 4-for-6 with four RBI out of the eight hole for the Beavers, while junior Steve Tahmoush added four hits and four runs out of the leadoff spot. Campbell finished 2-for-3 with five RBI, four runs and three bases on balls, while O'Toole and Wojnar each had three hits, three RBI and three runs. Musante struck out three and walked five during his nine-inning stint on the mound.
Sophomore Steven Nunez went 2-for-3 for the Engineers, while classmate Thomas Phillips drew a pair of walks. As the first of six pitchers, sophomore Stephen Toth was saddled with the loss after giving up six runs, but only two earned, over the first 2.2 frames of the contest.