April 8, 2011

Pitcher's Duel Goes To Babson, 2-1

Worcester, Mass. – Trevor Bryce (Canton, Mass.) singled home Travis Jonasson (Needham, Mass.) in the top of tenth inning to push visiting Babson College to a 2-1 win over Clark University in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball action on Friday afternoon.

The Beavers improved to 18-7 on the season with a 10-5 record in league games, while the Cougars, in the midst of a eight games in seven day stretch, slip to 13-12 overall and 3-9 in conference contests.

Starting pitchers Benjamin Seel (Oakland, Maine) and Dave Ahern (Bedford, Mass.) locked into a pitcher's duel that saw both pitch into the tenth inning.

Seel opened the game by striking out the side in the first and giving up just one hit in the first seven innings, while Ahern gave up just three hits in his first six innings of work.

Clark broke the scoreless tie in the sixth when Jeremy Gerber (Amherst, Mass.) singled to right and then moved to third on a failed pickoff attempt that resulted in an error by Ahern. He then scored on an infield single by Matthew Bohl (Amherst, Mass.).

Babson finally broke through in the top of the eighth, when Corey Highfield (East Hampstead, N.H.) led off the inning with a solid single to center and then went to second on a sacrifice by Boyce. Pat Matvichuk (Middleton, Mass.) then singled to right bringing home pinch runner Joe Nixon (Foxboro, Mass.) with the game's equalizing run.

Clark put a runner on second in the bottom of the frame with two outs, but Ahern got Peter Lewis (Gardiner, Maine) to fly out to center to end the threat.

Seel bounced back in the ninth, retiring the Beavers in order before starting the top of the tenth with a walk to Jonasson. Robert Lopez (Copake, N.Y.) relieved Seel and then walked Chris Kuchar (Westwood, Mass.) to put runners on first and second with no outs. Boyce then recorded his game-winning hit to give Babson a 2-1 lead.

Ahern went the distance for the Beavers, scattering eight hits and striking out five while allowing one unearned run.

Seel, meanwhile, took the loss after going nine-plus innings and yielding just three hits and two earned runs while striking out a career-best seven.

Bohl went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a stolen base for Clark and Gerber was 2-for-4.

These same two teams will meet on Saturday for a doubleheader beginning at 12:00 p.m. at Babson.