BABSON PARK, Mass. -- With the majority of its roster returning this spring, the Babson College softball team should prove to be a strong contender for the program's third NEWMAC Championship and NCAA Tournament berth this season.
Led by 12th-year head coach Dave Canan, Babson will feature a powerful lineup that scored 226 runs a year ago. Anchoring the offense will be the sophomore tandem of second baseman Jackie Enos (Taunton, Mass.) and shortstop Catie Funk (Scarborough, Maine), who both received All-NEWMAC First Team and All-New England honors in their freshman campaigns. An NFCA All-New England First Team and NEISCA and ECAC All-Region Second Team honoree, Enos hit .440 with 51 hits and 32 runs scored out of the lead-off spot last spring. Her .496 on-base percentage was tied for the team lead. A NFCA Third Team All-New England honoree, Funk was close behind with a .433 average, as she posted team-highs of 52 hits, 41 runs, 16 doubles, 35 RBIs, and a .692 slugging percentage while matching Enos with a .496 OBP.
Other key returners this spring include senior Jess Winer (Longmeadow, Mass.) and juniors Kayla Davis (Garnder, Mass.), Nicole Latini (East Bridgewater, Mass.) and Jess Pashos (Winchester, Mass.). Winer sported career-highs of a .340 average, 36 hits, and 12 runs a year ago, while Davis batted .282 with 31 RBIs and a single-season Babson record seven home runs. Latini hit .368 with 42 hits, 23 runs, and 33 RBIs, and Pashos batted .336 with 36 hits, 31 runs, and 29 RBIs.
With the loss of all-time strikeout leader Danielle Liska '10, the Babson pitching staff will feature a host of new faces this spring. Leading the group will be returning sophomore Megan Brain (Pompton Plains, N.J.), who went 11-4 with a 3.32 ERA in her rookie season.
The Beavers will open their 2011 campaign with a 14-game stretch in Florida, beginning with contests against Elizabethtown and The College of New Jersey on Friday, March 11.