Worcester, Mass. – Visiting Babson College got two standout pitching performances and the Beavers swept Clark University in a New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball doubleheader by scores of 14-1 and 10-5 on Saturday evening at Granger Field.
The Beavers, who have now won four in a row and six of their last seven, improve to 14-10 overall and 9-5 in league play. Clark, meanwhile, has lost its last seven games to fall to 6-19.
Babson banged out 19 hits in the opener, backing up a stellar pitching performance from Matt Grenier (Rochester, N.H.), who tossed a complete game four-hitter with no walks and five strikeouts.
Billy Miller (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) went 2-for-4 with four RBI, while Sean Cleary (Milton, Mass.) drove in three runs of his own.
The Beavers pushed across six runs in the second off of Cougar starter Brian Sullivan (Auburn, Mass.), highlighted by a two-run double from Trevor Boyce (Canton, Mass.) and a two-run single from Travis Jonasson (Needham, Mass.).
Babson was right back at it in the fourth, scoring four runs – two of which came on a two-run double by Miller.
Cleary had the big hit in the three-run fifth – a two-run double to center that made the score 13-0.
Grenier, meanwhile, was cruising along and truly made just one mistake, which Jeremy Gerber (Amherst, Mass.) sent over the left centerfield wall for the Cougars lone score of the game.
Game two saw the Beavers take a 2-0 lead in the top of the first despite getting just one hit. Clark starter Michael Lamothe (Bellingham, Mass.) walked three and hit a batter, but managed to escape the frame with little damage.
The Cougars then took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the inning on a Nicholas Kellogg (Florence, Mass.) RBI single, a Michael Lamothe RBI popout and a Sullivan sacrifice fly.
Clark's edge was short lived however, as Babson scored a pair of runs in the third on a Jonasson double and a wild pitch then tacked on another in the fourth on a Dillon Gonzalez (Beverly, Mass.) sacrifice fly.
The hosts rallied to even the score in the bottom of the frame when Matt Asdornvuttikrai (Winchester, Mass.) tripled home Sullivan and then came around to score on a Dennis Glynn (Jamaica Plain, Mass.) sacrifice fly.
Babson took the lead for good in the sixth when Conor Kortmann (Manalapan, N.J.) tripled to begin the inning and scored on Cleary's single to right. After an unearned run the inning made it, 7-5, the Beavers put the game away in the seventh with a two-run triple by Miller and Kortman RBI groundout.
Brian Swanton (Foxboro, Mass.) went the first seven innings for the Beavers, scattering nine hits and giving up five runs to earn the victory. Rick Gilbody (Hanover, Mass.) was excellent in relief, tossing two innings of hitless relief, including inducing up a game-ending double play.
Michael Lamothe went six innings for Clark, giving up just four hits, but walked five and struck out five. David Balme (Brooklyn, N.Y.) closed out the contest, pitching the final three frames for the Cougars.
Both Michael Lamothe and Shawn Lamothe (Bellingham, Mass.) had two hits in the second game, while Jonasson led the Beaver attack in game two with three hits.
Babson will host Eastern Connecticut on Monday, while the Cougars will look to get back into the win column on Tuesday with a game against WPI.