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#3/#4 Southern Maine Falls to #10 Babson 9-8

Senior Devin Warren had three hits, including the 200th of his career, against Babson (file photo by Jason Johns).
Senior Devin Warren had three hits, including the 200th of his career, against Babson (file photo by Jason Johns).

(with contributions from Babson College Sports Information)

Warren Reaches 200-Career Hits Milestone

            BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Despite hitting four home runs, the third-ranked University of Southern Maine Huskies could not hold off the 10th-ranked Babson College Beavers, falling 9-8 in a non-conference game Thursday afternoon at Govoni Field.

            The loss snapped the Huskies' five-game winning streak and dropped their overall record to 21-5.  The Beavers extended their winning streak to seven games and improved to 24-4 overall.

            Southern Maine got a two-run homer from sophomore Sam Troiano (South Portland, Maine) in the first inning, a two-run shot from senior Zach Quintal (Eliot, Maine/Marshwood) in the second, and solo blasts from junior Andrew Hillier (Bangor, Maine) and senior Jake Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) in the sixth, but it would not be enough to hold off Babson.

            Senior Eric Jaun (Loveland, Ohio) led the Beavers 13-hit attack going 3-for-4, including a three-run homer, and four RBI.  Junior Sean Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.

            Babson sophomore Ryan Vatcher (Ramsey, N.J.) earned his first career win with an inning of relief work, and senior Max Tannenbaum (Coral Springs, Fla.) picked up his sixth save of the season pitching a scoreless ninth inning. 

            For USM, Dexter was tagged with his first loss after surrendering a run in 1.2 innings.

            Troiano staked the Huskies to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first with his fourth round tripper of the season.  The lead lasted just five batters into the home half as the Beavers used three hits, including an RBI double from Jaun, a sacrifice fly and a hit batsman to tie the score.

            Again USM used the long ball to take a 4-2 lead in the second as Quintal hit his fourth homer of the season after senior Devin Warren (Smithfield, Maine/Messalonskee) leadoff the inning with a single.  Warren would finish the game with three hits.

            The Huskies increased their advantage to 6-2 in the fifth on Warren's RBI single, and an RBI single from junior Kip Richard (Kennebunk, Maine).  Warren's single was his 200th career hit, making him the 28th player in school history to achieve that milestone.

            Jaun's three-run shot in the home half of the inning cut the deficit to one at 6-5.

            Hillier and Dexter gave the Huskies a three-run lead with their solo shots in the sixth.  The home runs were the third of the season for both players.

            Babson loaded the bases in the bottom half against USM senior southpaw Henry Curran (South Portland, Maine) to bring Dexter to the hill.  Junior Matthew Valente (Wyckoff, N.J.) greeted Dexter for a two-run single, and senior Nicholas Browne (Mount Laurel, N.J.) followed with an RBI single that tied the game.  Valente would score what proved to be the decisive run on junior Alex DiMartino (Mahwah, N.J.) beat out a fielder's choice when the Huskies tried to turn an inning-ending double play.

            Southern Maine is back in action tomorrow (11 a.m.) traveling to Castleton University for a Little East Conference doubleheader.  The twin bill was pushed up a day due to inclement weather forecast for Saturday.  Babson starts a three-game series Friday afternoon (2 p.m.) against Emerson College.