BABSON PARK, Mass. — Sophomore Adam Ayala came off the bench to go 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two stolen bases, while freshman Michael Genaro tossed three hitless innings of relief as Babson College rallied for a 4-2 victory over the Coast Guard Academy in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball action on Wednesday afternoon at Govoni Field.
With its fifth straight win, Babson is now 10-3-1 overall and 3-0 in conference play, while Coast Guard slips to 7-11 overall and 1-2 in the NEWMAC.
Freshman Eric Jaun went 2-for-4 with a run scored, while classmate Brian McHale had two hits and an RBI for the Beavers. Sophomore Jake Weiss reached base three times and also drove in a run in the win.
Coast Guard jumped on top 1-0 in the top of the first as Serna drove in senior Mark Behne with a one-out double off the wall in right center. The Bears threatened again in both the second and third innings before doubling their advantage in the fifth as freshman Luke Thompson led off with a walk and later scored on a one-out single to right center by Wood.
The Green and White cut its to 2-1 in the bottom of the frame as Weiss drove in Ayala with his double down the right field line. Despite having runners on second and third with nobody out, the Beavers were unable to do any further damage as Coast Guard junior Eric Vrissis got back-to-back popups followed by a strikeout to escape the jam.
Babson took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth. Sophomore Mark Webber singled and got to third on a wild pitch and a fly out before coming home to tie the game on an infield error. Ayala kept the inning going with a two-out double to center, moved to third with a stolen base and then put the Beavers ahead 3-2 on McHale's RBI single through the left side.
Jaun tacked on an insurance run in the seventh when junior Jack Halpin got caught in a run down between first and second, and the Babson bullpen secured the victory with four shutout innings. Genaro struck out four and retired all nine batters he faced before handing the ball to Cuneo, who worked around a walk and a single to start the ninth with a pair of strikeouts to earn his fourth save of the year.
Junior Ken Rotunno earned a no decision after going five innings and allowing one earned run on three hits for the Beavers.
Vrissis pitched well as he gave up three runs, just one earned, on seven hits over six innings to fall to 0-2 on the year. Sophomore Cody Bain allowed an unearned run and struck out four over the final two innings for the Bears.
Coast Guard is back in action tomorrow when they host Albertus Magnus at 3:30 in a non-conference game.