CLERMONT, Fla. -- For the second straight day, the Babson College softball team split a pair of contests on its spring break trip to Florida. On Saturday, the Beavers fell just short in a 5-4 loss to 23rd-ranked Moravian before routing Western New England College, 19-9. With the split, Babson is now 2-2 on the season.
Both teams hurt themselves defensively in the first game of the day, as Moravian and Babson committed four errors apiece that led to a total of seven unearned runs. The Greyhounds, who started the season ranked seventh in the country by the NFCA but have since fallen to 23rd, jumped out to a 2-0 lead with the only two earned runs of the contest in the top of the first, but the Beavers answered with a two-run homer by junior Nicole Latini in the bottom half of the inning. Moravian then plated another run in the second and later score two in the sixth to go up 5-2.
The Beavers staged a thrilling comeback bid in the bottom of the seventh, beginning when sophomore Jackie Enos drove in pinch-runner Breezy DiPietro for the third Babson run. Latini later drove in another run with a two-out triple that made it 5-4, but Greyhound starter Jenna Carmon got junior pinch-hitter Kayla Davis on a groundout to first to end the rally and secure the one-run victory.
First-year Christina Miquel suffered the loss in her first collegiate start for Babson, despite allowing just two earned runs on six hits, walking two and striking out two in seven innings. Latini paced the team at the plate with two hits and three RBIs, while junior Lisa Wojnar also added two hits.
The Beavers offense erupted in their second game of the day, as Babson scored six runs in the second and then 13 more in the third to build a commanding 19-1 lead. WNEC would plate two in the third and six in the fifth, but it would not be nearly enough to prevent the 19-9 Babson win.
Sophomore Catie Funk had a huge game at the plate against the Golden Bears, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, three runs, and five RBIs, while DiPietro went 3-for-4 with two runs and one driven in. Enos chipped in with two hits, inlcuding a double, and three runs scored, Latini went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, two runs, and two RBIs, and first-year Sammy Kiley finished 2-for-4 with two runs and two driven in. Babson's home run leader a year ago, Davis added her first round-tripper of the season - a lead-off shot in the second - to account for one of her two RBIs on the day. First-year Kelly King was credited with her first collegiate victory for the Beavers after pitching 2 1/3 innings in relief of starter Megan Brain.