Power Surge Keys Baseball's NEWMAC Tournament Day Two Win at Babson

Nick Bean

WPI 9, Babson 4 - NEWMAC Tournament - Day #2

Box Score

Babson Park, MA --- Third-seeded WPI hit four home runs and senior Thomas Whiting (Farmington Hills, MI) tossed a complete game on the mound as the Engineers defeated second-seeded host Babson College, 9-4, on day two of the 2010 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Double-Elimination Baseball Tournament at Govoni Field on Thursday afternoon. 

The contest was the only one of the three scheduled NEWMAC Tournament games that was completed on Thursday.  Top-seeded Wheaton and fourth-seeded Clark were postponed and fifth-seeded Coast Guard and sixth-seeded MIT were suspended after 10 innings with the score tied at 6-6.  Both WPI and Babson will have to wait for those games to be completed on Friday to see who and at what time they will play on Day #3 of the tournament Saturday at Wheaton.

WPI jumped out to an immediate lead in the top of the first, beginning when junior Bryan Watkins (Belmont, MA) led off with a single to leftleft and senior Paul Galligan (Weymouth, MA) followed with a walk. Senior Mike Swanton (Foxboro, MA) then belted a three-run homer well over the wall in right center, spotting the visitors to an early 3-0 advantage. It was Swanton’s second round-tripper of the season. 

The Engineers added to their lead with another longball in the fourth, as sophomore Nick Bean (Milddeboro, MA) led off the inning with a blast to center to make it 4-0 – his second of the spring. However, the Beavers cut their deficit in half in the bottom of the frame, as junior Billy Besinger (Milton, MA) hit a lead-off double to right and sophomore Travis Jonasson (Needham, MA) launched his third home run of the season over the wall in center, cutting WPI’s lead to 4-2. 

WPI re-established its four-run advantage in the top of the fifth, as Galligan drew a lead-off walk and senior Matt Moreau (Manchester, N.H.) was hit by a pitch two batters later. Following the second out of the inning, Bean lined a double down the leftfield line, scoring both runners to make it 6-2.

The Engineers tacked on another run in the top of the sixth when senior Joe Walsh (Weymouth, MA) hit his second home run of the year to centerfield, chasing Babson first-year Kyle Lyon (Flemington, NJ) and increasing the visitors’ advantage to 7-2. Moreau then added WPI’s fourth round-tripper of the afternoon in the seventh, scoring Swanton with his team-leading fourth of the year to make it 9-2.

Babson staged a final comeback attempt in the bottom of the ninth, as senior captain Brian Scanlon (Lawrenceville, NJ) and senior Jake Bartlett (Weymouth, MA) both singled with two outs. First-year John Botelho (Tempe, AZ) then lined a double to deep center, scoring Bartlett and sophomore pinch-runner Joe Nixon (Foxboro, MA). However, after walking senior captain Peter O’Toole (Salem, MA), Whiting induced a game-ending fly out to left to finish off the 9-4 victory. 

Whiting gave up four runs on nine hits, walking one and striking out three in the complete game victory. The win improved his record to 3-1 on the season. Lyon suffered his first loss of the year for Babson, dropping his record to 4-1. 

Bean paced the WPI offense, going 3-for-5 with two doubles and a homer while driving in three, while Walsh went 2-for-5 with a home run. Botelho led Babson with two doubles and two RBIs in four trips, while Besinger went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored.

Release Courtesy Babson Athletics