Bears Drop Another NEWMAC Heartbreaker
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Dillon Gonzalez drove in freshman Jacob Weiss with a single to right field in the bottom of the 11th inning, lifting Babson College to a 3-2 victory over Coast Guard Academy in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball action on Tuesday afternoon at Govoni Field.
With its sixth win in the last seven games, Babson is now 7-6 overall and 5-1 in conference play, while Coast Guard drops to 6-12 overall and 2-4 in the NEWMAC.
All four of the Bears NEWMAC losses have been by one run, three of them have been in extra innings including two 11 innings losses to Babson. The Bears also beat Coast Guard 3-2 in New London on March 25th.
After coming up empty with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th, Weiss reached on an infield single to the left side to start the 11th. Freshman Owen Shea moved him over to second with a sacrifice bunt and Gonzalez, who also had the game-winning RBI against the Bears last Tuesday in New London, Conn., smoked a 1-1 pitch into right field to deliver the game-winning run.
Junior Connor Allen got the win for the Beavers, allowing three hits while striking out two over four innings of shutout relief. Freshman Justin Rebholz took the loss for the Bears.
Coast Guard got on the board first with an unearned run in the top of the third inning. Freshman Kyle Jackson reached on an error, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Dan Sabourin and later scored on sophomore Mark Behne's two-out single for a 1-0 edge.
The Green and White pulled even in the bottom of the fourth as junior Sean MacPhee reached on a fielder's choice and stole second before coming home on a two-out double down the left field line by Joe Barry. The Beavers had a golden opportunity to extend their lead in the fifth, but junior Joe Zanca was gunned down at the plate, and Bears' starter, freshman Eric Vrissis, later induced a bases-loaded ground out to get out of the frame.
Coast Guard regained the lead in the top of the sixth as sophomore Cory Sonnega drove in senior Lukas Laplante with a two-out single through the right side. Babson left a pair on in the seventh, but was able to tie the game with a run in the bottom of the ninth as the Bears were two outs away from the win.
Weiss came on as a pinch runner after Zanca reached with a one-out single down the line, stole second, and scored on Shea's RBI single to left to force extra innings.
Junior Barrett O'Neill started for the Beavers, allowing two unearned runs on just three hits while striking out eight over seven innings.
Coast Guard as it has much of the season, got yet another outstanding pitching performance. Vrissis, despite earning a no-decision, was superb for the Bears, giving up two runs on five hits to go along with three strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings of work.
Both teams will be back in action on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. as Babson welcomes Plymouth State to Govoni Field and Coast Guard hosts Massachusetts Maritime Academy.