NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team fell to visiting Babson, 7-3, in a non-conference game at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Monday.
Babson took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a solo homer by senior third baseman Chris Kucher (Westwood, MA/Xaverian Brothers HS). Sophomore first baseman Alex Newton (Saco, ME/Thornton Academy/Franklin Pierce) tied the score for the Corsairs in the bottom of the second with his fifth home run of the season and fourth in the last six games.
Kucher singled home a run in the top of the fifth to give the Beavers a 2-1 lead, but UMass Dartmouth took the lead in the bottom half of the inning on a two-run single by sophomore third baseman George Aggostini (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS/Marist). Babson tied it in the sixth on a run-scoring grounder by freshman designated hitter George Crowley (Watertown, MA/The Rivers School) and went ahead in the seventh on junior catcher Brendan Collins' (Abington, MA/Boston College HS) two out, two-run single, then added a run in the eighth on a wild pitch and one in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by senior first baseman Conor Kortmann (Manalapan, NJ/The Peddie School).
Freshman right-hander Hunter Silva (Bourne, MA/Bourne HS) pitched the first 7 2/3 innings and earned the win for Babson, improving to 3-3, while sophomore Connor Allen (Madison, NJ/Madison HS) finished for his second save of the season. Freshman left-hander Paul Mahoney (North Andover, MA/Whittier Tech), who relieved starter John Quigg (Sr. Weymouth, MA/Archbishop Williams HS) in the sixth inning, took the loss for UMD and fell to 0-3.
"I thought we did a decent job," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Prince. "John Quigg had a quality start for us, and Paul Mahoney came in and did a decent job for us, as did (freshman) Brian Clark (Newfields, NH/Exeter HS). There were a couple of situations in the game where we didn't make the pitch that we needed to, and offensively, aside from George's two out hit and Alex's home run, we didn't have a lot of productive at bats. We had a lot of fly ball outs. When you play against a good team and don't do the little things, you're not going to win the game."
The Corsairs dropped to 11-17 with the defeat, while the Beavers improved to 19-14 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Rhode Island College in a Little East Conference game Tuesday. Babson will host Southern Maine Wednesday.
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