DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The visiting offense backed Babson freshman starting pitcher Alex Luka (Downers Grove, Ill.) over his seven strong innings to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth by a score of 6-2 at the UMD Baseball Field on Monday afternoon.
Score: Babson 6, UMass Dartmouth 2
Records: Babson 17-7, UMass Dartmouth 11-8
How it Happened
The top of the Beaver lineup combined to hit 6-for-14, scoring four runs and logging two RBI. For the Corsairs, junior Jose Vasquez (Roxbury, Mass.) drove in a run and extended his hitting-streak to five games, while senior Zach Courier (Mansfield, Mass.) picked up a team-high two base-knocks for the squad.
After working a 1-2-3 second inning of work, Corsair senior starter Ben Lodge (Blackstone, Mass.) ran into the Beaver barrels in the third as the visitors opened the frame with a single by senior David Lennon (Windermere, Fla.), who immediately scored on the ensuing hitter Edward Lehr's (Byram Township, N.J.) double to left. Babson then doubled its advantage on senior Mark Webber's (Norwell, Mass.) single that he ripped through the right side, putting the team up 2-0.
Vasquez continued his hot hitting at the plate from the past three games, this time with a run-producing single in the sixth to score senior Kenny Michael (Norwood, Mass.). Despite a three-hit inning, the Corsairs pushed across just one run as Luka worked out of the jam to strand two runners aboard.
After the Beavers had plated once more to re-extend their lead back to two, UMass Dartmouth senior Josh O'Neil (Halifax, Mass.) got the score back on his sac fly to center to bring home sophomore Mitch Baker (Braintree, Mass.). The freshman hurler once again limited the damage to just one run as he got the last out he needed to escape further trouble.
The Blue and Gold bullpen continued to struggle; getting touched up for a cumulative four more runs across the final third of the ballgame to provide enough of a cushion for the visitors to notch their tenth straight win.
Inside the Numbers
- Currently riding a five-game hitting streak, Vasquez's career-high number of consecutive contests with a base-knock is 11 from last season, which spanned from Apr. 10-23.
- With an 0-for-4 outing today at the plate, Tellier's team-best streak of reaching base ends at 18 games.
- Babson moves their record to a perfect 13-0 when leading after six innings.
- Corsair hitters have logged at least one extra-base hit in each of the last five games, and 16 of the last 17.
- UMass Dartmouth had not lost three straight since Apr. 29-May 4 of last season (four games).
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 3:30pm on Tuesday, April 10, when the Corsairs travel to Salem State University for a non-conference contest. Fans unable to make the trip to Salem, can watch the game by clicking the link here.