BABSON PARK, Mass. - Tyler Bell allowed just four hits over eight innings to help lead host and 7th-ranked Babson College to a 5-0 win over the Keene State College baseball team Thursday afternoon at Govoni Field.
- Keene State: 9-19
- No. 7 Babson: 26-5
How It Happened
Bell and reliever William Gallagher limited the Owls to just six baserunners, and the Beavers scored single runs in the first and second before putting up two in the fifth to back the pair of arms in a non-conference win. Keene State got two hits, including a triple, from Sam Czel out of the top spot in the lineup. Connor Walsh and Tyler Gammie each went 1-for-3 with a walk. Sean Harrington was 2-for-3 with an RBI, a walk, and two runs for Babson, while Connor Gill had a pair of hits and Zach Sette two runs batted in and two walks.
The Owls put a two-out baserunner on after Walsh walked in the first, but a pair of groundouts and a lineout prevented any scoring, and the Beavers cracked the run column right away in their half of the inning. Brian McHale took a free pass and Connor Gill singled as the home team put the first two on, and McHale eventually scored on Harrington's one-out single to right. The lead doubled to 2-0 one inning later when Jake Oliger, who led off the frame with a triple to left center, scored on Sette's ground ball double down the third base line. Keene State put two on in the fourth with one out, as singles from Walsh and Gammie sandwiched around a fielder's choice from Connor Longley had Owls on first and second, but a line drive double play to short quickly ended that threat. KSC had just a pair of hits over the final five innings, and Babson pulled away with a two-spot on just one hit in the fifth, a leadoff single from Gill. He eventually scored on an error, balk, and grounder back to the pitcher from Eric Jaun. Sette's bases loaded walk with two down made it a 5-0 lead for the home team through five. The Owls never could get their offense on track, as they went down in order after Czel's leadoff single in the sixth and could not make any dent in the deficit in either the seventh or eighth. Gammie took ball four to kick off the top of the seventh, but was erased on a double-play ball, and Czel's triple to left with two down in the eighth did not result in any runs.
Bell improved to 2-0 after allowing no runs and four hits over the eight innings of work, walking two and striking out six. KSC starter Alex Koletar (0-1) allowed two runs over four innings, striking out two in the loss. Will Dolaher, Brian Vieira, and Jake Morris also saw action out of the bullpen.
Around the Horn
- Czel's triple was his 11th extra-base hit of the season. He is now hitting .281 with a .391 on-base percentage.
- Koletar's four inning outing was the longest stint of his freshman season so far. He has appeared in six games, this his second start.
- It was the first time KSC had been shut out this season.
- Keene State is scheduled to return home for the first time in 11 days when they host UMass Dartmouth in an important Little East doubleheader Saturday, April 27 beginning at 12:00 pm. The Owls are two games behind the Corsairs for the sixth and final playoff spot in the conference.
- Weather permitting, Babson, who had an eight-game winning streak snapped yesterday before winning today, is slated to entertain Suffolk University tomorrow, April 26, at 3:00 pm.