CLERMONT, Mass. -- The Babson College softball team received a pair of outstanding pitching performances on Monday, as the Beavers picked up two more victories on its spring break trip to Florida to improve to 5-3 overall. Babson topped Rhode Island College, 5-1, in its first game of the day and then beat Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham in game two, 6-1.
First-year Tess Rubega was stellar on the mound for the Beavers against RIC, collecting her first collegiate victory after two tough-luck losses to start the year. The rookie righthander went seven strong innings, giving up just one unearned run on three hits, walking three and striking out one. The only run she surrendered came on a two-out passed ball in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Anchorwomen only had three other runners reach scoring position - all of which were stranded.
Babson went up 1-0 in the top of the second, as sophomore Breezy DiPietro singled in classmage Jackie Enos with the game's first run. The Beavers then blew the game open with four more in the third, with junior Lisa Wojnar providing the big hit - a bases-clearing, three-run double that gave Rubega a 5-0 lead she would not relinquish.
Game two featured yet another strong pitching effort from sophomore Megan Brain, who gave up just one run on five hits, walked one and struck out nine in a complete game victory. The win was her third of the spring in as many decisions.
Offensively, the Beavers provided their sophomore hurler with all the run support she would need in the top of the first. Senior captain Jess Winer drove in the first run with a two-out RBI single, and junior Jess Pashos trotted home on a passed ball for Babson's second run. Winer and Enos then scored on back-to-back errors by FDU-Florham as the Green and White built an early 4-0 cushion.
Babson scored again in the top of the fourth, as first-year Katie Guido doubled with two outs and scored on a base hit by classmate Sam Pilkington. The Devils would get one run back with a leadoff homer in the bottom of the inning, but that would be all Brain would allow. Pashos later plated Kiley with a sacrifice fly to center in the sixth to account for her team's final run as the Beavers prevailed, 6-1.