Delaney Breaks Babson Hits Record, But Baseball Drops Two To Tufts

Senior co-captain ties, then passes Kevin Higa '03 for Beavers' all-time hits lead.

Matt Delaney '08 became Babson's all-time hits leader on Sunday.

Matt Delaney '08 became Babson's all-time hits leader on Sunday.

May 4, 2008

BABSON PARK, Mass. - Tufts University recorded a sweep of host Babson College in a non-conference doubleheader at Govoni Field on Sunday, winning by scores of 8-5 and 2-1. Despite the losses, Babson senior Matt Delaney (Newton, Mass.) still made history for the Beavers as he went 4-for-8 to become the program's all-time hits leader.

Tufts (18-13) scored five runs in the fourth inning to take a 5-1 lead in game one, highlighted by a two-run single by first-year Chase Rose (Scottsdale, Ariz.). The Beavers responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning, including two on a double to right by senior Steve Tahmoush (Arlington, Mass.), but Tufts plated another in the fifth and two more in the sixth for an 8-4 advantage. Delaney would knock in the Beavers' final run with his second hit of the game in the sixth, but Jumbos' senior Jason Protano (Milford, Mass.) pitched a scoreless seventh to save it for classmate Adam Telian (Stoughton, Mass.), who improved to 5-4 with the victory. Rose and first-year Ian Goldberg (Lake Forest, Ill.) each drove in three in the opener for Tufts, while Delaney recorded three RBIs for Babson.

Game two featured a pitchers' duel between Tufts first-year Pat O'Donnell (Worcester, Mass.) and Babson junior Jeff Wojnar (Bellaire, Texas). The Jumbos scored the game's first run on an RBI single by junior Kevin Casey (Milford, Mass.) in the third and then added an unearned run on an RBI single by sophomore Alex Grzymala (East Setauket, N.Y.) in the fourth. Babson plated an unearned run of its own off O'Donnell in the seventh, as first-year Billy Besinger (Milton, Mass.) recorded a run-scoring single to make it 2-1, but Protano came on to get the final two outs for his second save of the day.

With a single in the first inning of game two, Delaney tied program great Kevin Higa '03 for Babson's all-time lead with 198 career hits. The Beavers' senior co-captain then recorded hit number 199 with a single through the right side in the sixth, moving past Higa to become the program's new all-time leader.

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