Babson Beats Bears 3-2 in 11 Innings
NEW LONDON, Conn .— Freshman Kevin Murphy's two-out RBI single in the top of the 11th lifted Babson to a 3-2 win over Coast Guard in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game on a bitter cold afternoon.
Babson won its fourth straight to improve to 5-5 overall and 3-0 in conference play while Coast Guard dropped its third straight one run game, second in extra innings, to drop to 4-9 overall and 0-3 in the NEWMAC.
The Beavers scored an unearned run in the second and another in the third for a 2-0 lead.
In the second, junior Chris Warren's RBI fielder's choice scored sophomore George Crowley, who led off with a walk while in the third, junior Sean McPhee walked, moved to second on a single by junior Joe Zanca, stole third and scored on an error.
Babson starter junior Barrett O'Neill allowed just one runner past first base (in the first inning) and a pair of singles through the first seven innings before the Bears tied the game 2-2 in the eighth.
In the home half of the eighth, sophomore Cory Sonnega led off with an infield single before with one out, classmate Ed Lazowski ripped a double to push Sonnega to third. Junior Blake Thompson's two-out, two-run single tied the game and chased O'Neill.
Senior Derek Richards (2-0), who pitched the final 3 1/3 innings to get the win, came on and allowed a single to sophomore Mark Behne before hitting senior Lukas Laplante to load the bases. He got a ground out to end the inning.
Richards allowed three hits, walked one and struck out three to get the win in relief.
The Beavers won the game in the 11th as with two outs, junior Dillon Gonzalez singled, stole second and scored on the Murphy hit.
Freshman Colton Cannon pitched himself in and out of trouble all afternoon. He went eight innings and allowed just two hits, a pair of unearned runs while walking five, fanning six and hit four batters.
Junior Dylan Wright pitched scoreless ninth while Thompson (1-1) allowed three hits and a run over the final two innings in taking the loss.
Behne had three of Coast Guard nine hits while Sonnega added a pair of hits in the loss.
Coast Guard is back in action on Wednesday when the play a doubleheader vs. Albertus Magnus at Quigley Stadium in West Haven at 4 p.m.
POST GAME INTERVIEW WITH HEAD COACH C.C. GRANT