HARWICH, Mass. – Senior Jake Weiss (Irvine, Calif.) and sophomore Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.) combined for seven hits and seven RBI as fifth-seeded Babson notched a 14-3 victory over fourth-seeded Salve Regina in opening round play of the 2017 NCAA Division III New England Baseball Regional Championships Thursday morning at Whitehouse Field.
The Beavers (26-13) advance to take on the winner of Thursday's second game between top-seeded UMass Boston and eighth-seeded Penn State-Berks on Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. The Seahawks (34-11) will square off with the loser of that second game on Friday morning at 9:30 a.m.
Babson snapped a 1-1 third inning tie with a three-run rally to take the lead for good on an RBI single by senior Jack Halpin (Glastonbury, Conn.), a fielder's choice by junior Ryan Arena (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) and a sacrifice fly off the bat of sophomore Eric Jaun (Loveland, Ohio), and the Beavers extended that margin to 4-1 in the fourth on McHale's run scoring single. Salve Regina sliced its deficit to 5-3 in the bottom of the frame on an RBI single by junior Sam Brito (Lincoln, R.I.) and a fielder's choice, but Babson got those runs back in the fifth on an error and a Weiss RBI single before breaking things open with a six-run sixth inning rally highlighted by a two-run single by Weiss and a two-run triple from McHale. The winners closed out their scoring in the top of the eighth on McHale's run-scoring single down the left field line to account for the final margin.
McHale's four hits led an 18-hit attack for Babson, which received three hits each from Weiss and Jaun. Halpin also plated a pair of runs for the Beavers in support of junior Teddy Carey (Upton, Mass.), who scattered five hits and struck out four over seven innings to improve to 6-3 on the season. Junior Alex Perry (North Attleboro, Mass.) collected two hits as part of a seven-hit attack in the setback for Salve Regina, as junior Jimmy Fitzgerald (Canton, Mass.) allowed five hits and four runs over the first three innings on the mound in suffering his first loss in seven decisions on the spring for the Seahawks.
Game recap courtesy of the Mass. Maritime Sports Information Department.
NCAA BASEBALL NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL
Whitehouse Field – Harwich, Mass.
Thursday, May 18
Game 1 - #5 Babson def. #4 Salve Regina, 14-3 | BOX
Game 2 - #1 UMass Boston vs. #8 Penn State-Berks, 1 p.m.
Game 3 - #3 St. John Fisher vs. #6 Suffolk, 4:30 p.m.
Game 4 - #2 Arcadia vs. #7 Worcester State, 8 p.m.
Friday, May 19
Game 5 - #4 Salve Regina vs. Loser of Game 2, 9:30 a.m.
Game 6 - Loser of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4, 1 p.m.
Game 7 - #5 Babson vs. Winner of Game 2, 4:30 p.m.
Game 8 - Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4, 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 20
Game 9 - Winner of Game 6 vs. Loser of Game 7, 9:30 a.m.
Game 10 - Loser of Game 8 vs. Winner of Game 5, 1 p.m.
Game 11 - Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 8, 4:30 p.m.
Game 12 - Winner vs. Winner of Game 9, 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 21
Game 13 - Winner of Game 12 vs. Loser of Game 11, Noon
Game 14 - Winner of Game 11 vs. Winner of Game 13, 4 p.m.
Monday, May 22 (If necessary)
Game 15 - Winner of Game 14 v. Loser of Game 14, 11 a.m.
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The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and three associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference currently administers championships in 16 intercollegiate sports with that number set to increase next year with the addition of football.