April 20, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Babson College (15-14, 5-5) pulled within one game of second-place MIT (14-8, 6-4) in the NEWMAC league standings with a convincing 12-1 victory at Briggs Field. Babson pounded out 21 hits on Thursday, including three homeruns, while the Beavers' bullpen finished a fantastic start by sophomore Sam Whelan to secure the key conference win.
The Engineers endured one of their worst performances in recent memory as the 11-run spread equaled the worst finish in head coach Andy Barlow's tenure with the Cardinal and Gray. MIT, which leads the NEWMAC in team batting, produced a season-low five hits, while the Engineers also committed a season-high six errors.
Although MIT struggled, Babson played equally brilliant. Setting the tone for the Beavers was sophomore Sam Whelan (2-0), who was thoroughly impressive in his first start of the season. Whelan kept the Tech bats silent all day, throwing 6.1 innings of scoreless baseball en route to the win. Whelan struckout four and scattered three hits in the effort.
On the offensive end, Babson showcased a tremendous attack, scoring three earned runs off three different pitchers, while lighting the board in four straight innings to close the game. Six different players had extra-base hits including Ryan Campbell and Robbie Leer, who accounted for three runs with back-to-back homers in the eighth. Ted Dziuba opened the scoring for Babson with a two-out solo homerun in the top of the first.
Seven Babson batters enjoyed multiple-hit efforts, led by rookie Jeff Wojnar, who finished 4-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Dziuba and sophomore Matt Delaney each added three hits, while every starter in the Beaver lineup recorded a knock.
Wayne Duggan and Kyle Zeller had two hits each to pace the MIT offense, although no other starter managed a hit. Duggan (3-3) was also on the receiving end of the loss, surrendering three earned runs and 10 hits on five innings pitched.