Baseball Stifled by Babson 3-1

BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Senior captain Andrew Aizenstadt won his third straight decision to start the season as he pitched Babson College to a 3-1 victory over visiting MIT in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball game at Govoni Field on Friday afternoon. With their seventh consecutive win, the Beavers (12-2, 5-0 NEWMAC) moved into sole possession of first place in the conference, while the Engineers (9-3, 3-1 NEWMAC) fell to second with their first league loss of the spring.

Aizenstadt (3-0) was magnificent once again for Babson, going eight-plus innings and allowing just one run on five hits, walking two and striking out six. With his third win of the season, the veteran righthander moved into a three-way tie for second place on the program's all-time list with 16 victories in his career.

Sophomore Max Ockner was also stellar in defeat for MIT, giving up just two earned runs on nine hits, walking two and fanning four in 7 1/3 innings of work. The loss evened his record at 1-1 on the year.

Beavers' first-year Derek Richards came on with a man on in the ninth and got the final three outs for his first collegiate save.

The Engineers scored their lone run in the top of the ninth, beginning when senior Dan Hyatt led off the inning with a single to right. Richards then replaced Aizenstadt and retired two of the first three batters he faced before senior Ryne Barry lined a two-out single to left-center to score Hyatt with MIT's first run. That brought the go-ahead run to the plate, but Richards induced a game-ending fielder's choice grounder to short to finish off the 3-1 Babson victory.

Babson took a 1-0 lead with an unearned run off Ockner in the bottom of the first, as junior Billy Miller reached on a one-out error, stole second, and scored on an RBI-double to left-center by classmate Travis Jonasson. The Beavers then added another run in the fifth, when sophomore Pat Matvichuk singled up the middle with one out, took second on a wild pitch, and later scored on a two-out single to left by Miller.

Babson capped its scoring in the bottom of the eighth, as Miller and Jonasson hit back-to-back singles to start the inning. Two batters later, sophomore Conor Kortmann greeted rookie reliever Brandon Lowe with a single to load the bases, and junior Sean Cleary followed with a sacrifice fly to right to score Miller with the Beavers' third run of the contest.

Jonasson led all players with three hits for the Beavers, while Miller and senior captain Dave Ahern finished with two hits apiece. Barry was the lone player with multiple hits for MIT, as he went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

 
 

Babson College 3, MIT 1 (Mar 25, 2011 at Babson Park, MA)
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MIT........................ 000 000 001  -  1  6  1      (9-3, 3-1 NEWMAC)
Babson College...... 100 010 01X  -  3 10  1      (12-2, 5-0 NEWMAC)
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Pitchers: MIT - Max Ockner; Brandon Lowe(8). Babson College - Andrew Aizenstadt; Derek Richards(9).
Win-Andrew Aizenstadt(3-0)  Save-Derek Richards(1)  Loss-Max Ockner(1-1)  T-1:55  A-40
Aizenstadt faced 1 batter in the 9th.