BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Teddy Carey allowed just one hit over 7 2/3 innings and junior Jake Weiss went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored to help fourth-seeded Babson College defeat the fifth-seeded Coast Guard Academy, 9-2, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball tournament quarterfinal on Thursday afternoon at Govoni Field.
With its sixth win in the last seven games, Babson is now 22-13-1 overall and advances to this weekend's best-of-three semifinal series at top-seeded MIT. Coast Guard sees its season come to a close at 16-21.
The game marked the final game in for the four seniors, Mark Behne, Ed Lazowski, Cory Sonnega and Kyle Wood. The foursome won 69 games over their four years and were part of the team that won a school record 24 games and advanced to the ECAC tournament championship game in 2013.
Wood set the Coast Guard Academy career record with 83 walks and set the single-season record with 33 walks last season while leading the NEWMAC with 31 walks this season.
Behne (120) and Wood (101) both had over 100 hits in their careers.
Junior Jack Halpin was 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored, while sophomore Adam Ayala and first-year Connor Gill both finished with two hits to go along with an RBI for the Beavers. Senior George Crowley contributed a pair of hits and scored twice, and sophomore David Lennon scored a pair of runs in the win
The Green and White stranded a pair of runners in the first and Coast Guard took the lead thanks to four Babson miscues in the top of the third. Behne and Sonnega reached on back-to-back errors to start the frame, and then took advantage of an error at the plate and a failed pick off to grab a 2-0 lead.
The Beavers cut their deficit in half in the last of the third when Weiss scored on Halpin's sacrifice fly, and then erupted for four runs in the sixth. Halpin led off with a single and sophomore Mark Webber followed with a double to put runners on the corners. Crowley was hit by a pitch to lead the bases before first-year Edward Lehr delivered Halpin with a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 2-2.
Lennon gave the Green and White the lead with his RBI single one batter later, and Weiss came through with the big blow, a two-run triple to left center, to make it 5-2. Babson added four more runs in the bottom of the eighth as Lehr and Crowley scored on an error, while Gill and Ayala each drove in a run to extend the lead to 9-2.
Carey (3-2) was superb on the hill for the Beavers, working around the early errors to hold the Bears to just one hit while striking out eight and walking only one to win for the third time in his last four starts. Junior Graham Stack recorded the final out of the eighth inning and sophomore Matt Cuneo worked around a one-out single by Stephens in the ninth to close out the victory.
Junior Eric Vrissis suffered the loss for Coast Guard after allowing five earned runs on 10 hits over 5.2 innings.