- Score: Babson 14, MIT 8
- Records: MIT (21-14-1); Babson (25-13)
- Location: Needham, Mass. (Govoni Field)
- The Lead: In game two of the NEWMAC Championship Series on Sunday afternoon, Babson used a seven-run eighth inning to break open a one-run game, en route to a 14-8 victory over MIT as the Beavers won the best-of-3 series by a 2-0 margin. For MIT, the Engineers end the season at 21-14-1 overall after appearing in the NEWMAC Championship for the fourth time in the last five seasons.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In the first, junior Austin Filiere (Chandler, Ariz.) singled down the left field line with one out and moved to second on a throwing error by the Babson left fielder. He came home one batter later as freshman Matt Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.) singled through the right side for the early 1-0 MIT lead.
- Babson pulled even in the bottom of the second as Eric Jaun came home on a two-out RBI double down the left field line by Owen Shea for the 1-1 score. The Beavers took their first lead of the game an inning later as Jake Weiss led off with a double down the left field line and later scored on a groundout to second for the 2-1 edge.
- The Engineers threatened in both the fourth and fifth innings, but were held off the scoreboard by Babson starter Michael Genaro. The Beavers picked up a pair of runs on three straight hits in the bottom of the fifth though to extend to a 4-1 advantage before MIT turned a double play to get out of the inning. Brian McHale's double to left center brought home Weiss from first, followed by a Jack Halpin single up the middle that scored McHale.
- MIT got a run back in the sixth as Johnston singled to right center, moved to second on a balk and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly to right by junior Max Lancaster (Attleboro, Mass.) to make it 4-2.
- Freshman Jared Tramantano (Corona, Calif.) came on for the bottom of the sixth in relief of sophomore Patrick Callahan (Vicksburg, Mich.), who scattered seven hits with four runs allowed over five innings. The Beavers pushed the lead back to a three-run margin as Shea singled up the middle with two outs to score Sean Harrington for the 5-2 lead.
- MIT came right back in the top of the seventh with two runs to cut the Beaver lead down to just 5-4. After junior David Heller (Fair Lawn, N.J.) led off with a single to center, Filiere forced Genaro out of the game for Babson as he crushed his 13th home run of the season to right center. Ken Rotunno came on in relief for the second straight day and got Babson out of the inning with the one-run lead intact.
- The back and forth game continued in the bottom of the seventh as Harrington's two-RBI double to right center made it a three-run game again at 7-4. Sophomore Jack Murphy (Pleasanton, Calif.) came on in relief with two outs and after a wild pitch gave Babson two runners in scoring position, Harrington picked up his third hit of the day.
- Rotunno quickly picked up the first two outs of the eighth before an RBI double by Heller scored freshman Thomas Allison (Kingwood, Texas) to make it 7-5. That was the first run allowed by Rotunno since March 30th, spanning 10 appearances. Heller later scored on an RBI single by sophomore Jared Schwait (Boca Raton, Fla.) to again cut the lead to one.
- Babson blew the game open in the bottom of eighth with a seven-run inning, posting five hits in the frame for the 14-6 lead. Closer Matt Cuneo came on for the ninth inning and was promptly greeted by a two-run homer to right center from Johnston that made it a 14-8 game. Cuneo got out of the jam though with a strikeout to end the game.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- MIT outhit Babson 17-15, including five players with multiple hits. Filiere, Johnston and Heller each had three hits apiece, while senior John Drago (Peoria, Ariz.) and Schwait had two each. For the Beavers, Harrington was 3-for-4, while five others had two hits apiece. Weiss scored a game-high four runs, while McHale and Halpin each drove in three runs.
- Callahan took the loss for MIT to drop to 5-2, while Genaro scattered 11 hits over 6.2 innings to get the win and improve to 6-1.
- With his first inning single, Filiere has now reached base safely in 64 straight games, which is a NEWMAC record and is the third-longest streak in NCAA Division III history.