SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (April 14, 2007) – Sam Whalen and Jeff Wojnar were dominant in pitching their Babson College baseball team to 3-1 and 8-1 victories over Springfield College in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference doubleheader at SC’s Berry-Allen Field this afternoon.
With the wins, Babson raises its record to 15-9 overall, 4-5 in the NEWMAC. Springfield drops to 6-16 overall, 2-6 in the league.
It was an afternoon where it looked like the Springfield pitchers would dominate. In fact, Babson did not register a hit until the fourth inning of game number one, or until the sixth inning of game number two. SC starters Jimmy Lisowski a sophomore left-hander from Warwick, Mass., and Derek Hodder, a senior right-hander from Hamden, Conn., were both sailing along up until those points.
But Whalen, a junior right-hander from Milton, Mass., and Wojnar, a sophomore from Bellaire, Texas, proved to be very formidable opponents, each coming away with a win.
In game number one, Springfield struck first in the bottom of the third inning without benefit of a base hit. With one out, senior left-fielder Josh Charpentier (Fairhaven, Mass.) walked. He went to second on a balk, to third on an error, and scored on a sacrifice fly to right by junior shortstop Tim Romeo (Whitesboro, N.Y.).
As mentioned, Lisowski was pitching well for Springfield, getting out of jams, much of which were not of his own making, in both the fourth and fifth innings with some stellar pitching.
It looked like the same thing might happen in the sixth. But Babson took advantage of some wildness with one very timely two-out single by freshman center-fielder Peter O’Toole (Salem, Mass.) that plated two runs. Moments later, O’Toole and freshman third baseman Jake Bartlett (Weymouth, Mass.) worked a successful double steal, with Bartlett scoring the run.
For Babson, junior right-fielder Steve Tahmoush (Arlington, Mass.) had a pair of hits, including a double.
Whalen went the distance in this seven-inning game, allowing just one unearned run on five hits. He struck out six and walked just two, and is now 4-1 on the season. Meanwhile, Lisowski also went the distance, allowing three unearned runs on six hits. He struck out seven and walked three. Lisowski, who has pitched in some tough luck this year, is now 2-4.
In game number two, the story for the first five innings was how Hodder and Wojnar were matching zeros, with Hodder not allowing a hit. But everything unraveled for SC in the top of the sixth, starting with the first batter. Senior shortstop Billy Schmitt (Fairview, N.J.) hit a hard two-hopper right at the second baseman, who bobbled it for an error. In all, eight straight batters reached, although one out was recorded on a fielder’s choice as a runner was thrown out at the plate. RBI singles were produced by sophomore DH Bryan Evans (Bellaire, Texas) and senior first baseman Ryan Campbell (Manchester, N.H.). After a hit batsman, Bartlett then had the game’s biggest hit, a grand slam to left, giving the Beavers a 6-0 lead.
In the seventh, Babson scored again on a sacrifice fly to left by Campbell. And in the ninth, Evans and junior second baseman Matt Delaney (Newton, Mass.) engineered another successful double steal for the game’s final run.
Springfield scored its lone run in the seventh. With two outs, sophomore second baseman Drew Michael (Longmeadow, Mass.) singled, went to third on a single by junior catcher Justin Nussey (Westminster, Mass.), and scored on a wild pitch.
Wojnar was credited with the win. In seven innings, he gave up six hits and just the one run. He struck out three and walked just one. He is now 3-2. Hodder went the first six innings for SC, taking the loss. He is now 2-3.
For Springfield, junior DH Casey Federico (Agawam, Mass.) was the only player to have two hits. He went 2-for-3, plus a walk. For Babson, players with two hits included Tahmoush (2-for-5), Evans (2-for-5), and Bartlett (2-for-4). Delaney was 0-for-1, but walked four times.
SC plays at UMass Dartmouth tomorrow (Sunday, Apr. 15) at 1 p.m. (weather permitting). Babson is scheduled to host Fitchburg State at 11 a.m.