Babson Park, Mass. - April 16, 2019 - The Springfield College baseball team let a two-run lead slip away as nationally-ranked Babson defeated the Pride, 10-9, in 10 innings of New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Tuesday afternoon at Govani Field.
Springfield College falls to 16-13 on the year with a 7-7 record againt league opponents, while Babson, which was ranked No. 10 in this week's American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Division III National Rankings, and No. 10 in the d3baseball.com national poll, improves to 23-4 overall and 12-2 in NEWMAC play.
Both Jack Simonetty (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) and Brandon Drabinski (Lisbon, Conn.) had a pair of hits in the game, as Noah Bleakley (Granby, Mass.), who got the nod, pitched 4.2 innings, giving up six hits, before Fletcher Comment (Westbrook, Conn.) came on for one frame. John Daley (Huntington, Mass.) was impressive in relief, as he threw 2.2 innings, allowing four hits while striking out a pair. Simonetty had a career day for the Pride as the sophomore infielder hit his first-career home run and had a career-best five RBI despite the loss.
Springfield College opened a 6-0 lead in the first two innings as in the first, Eduardo Martinez (Southwick, Mass.) started things with a single up the middle, before Jack Cooney (Pittsfield, Mass.) drew a walk to put two runners on. Next up, Simonetty cracked his first-career home run over the fence in right center field to give the Pride a 3-0 lead.
In the next frame, Martinez reached first on an error at short, which allowed Drabinski to score, before Brandon Russo (Lisbon, Conn.) and Ryan Smith (Millis, Mass.) both came home on a fielder's choice off the bat of Cooney, as the sophomore beat out a double play ball to keep the rally alive, and Russo hustled to cross home, giving the Pride a 6-0 advantage.
Babson answered with a pair in the bottom of the third inning to cut its deficit to four, before eventually taking a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the sixth, but in the top of the seventh, Simonetty went back to work as he drove in Martinez and Russo once again to push his RBI total to five, and give the visitors an 8-7 advantage.
Cooney would help the maroon and white push its lead to a pair in the top of the ninth with an RBI infield single that scored Russo, his third run scored of the game, but Babson would rally for two in the bottom of the ninth and one more in the bottom of the 10th to walk off with the victory.
Up next, Springfield College will return to Archie Allen Field on Wednesday, April 17 and will host Rhode Island College in non-conference play at 3:30 p.m.
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