BOX SCORE (vs. BOWDOIN) | BOX SCORE (vs. ST. SCHOLASTICA)
CLERMONT, Fla. – In just her third collegiate start, Babson College first-year Christina Miquel (Emerson, N.J.) tossed the first no-hitter of her young career in leading the Beavers to a 3-0 win over the College of St. Scholastica in Florida on Wednesday. With the win, Babson (6-4) salvaged a split after falling to Bowdoin by a score of 2-0 earlier in the day.
After lasting only 2 1/3 innings in her previous start against SUNY Geneseo, Miquel rebounded in a big way on Wednesday, dazzling St. Scholastica for seven innings. The rookie righthander walked four and hit a batter but did not surrender a single hit in registering her first collegiate shutout. She struck out a season-high seven batters along the way as she evened her season record at 1-1.
The Beavers got all the runs they would need in the top of the first inning, beginning when junior Jess Pashos (Winchester, Mass.) drew a one-out walk and sophomore Catie Funk (Kennebunk, Maine) followed with a double to left. Junior Nicole Latini (East Bridgewater, Mass.) then drove in her ninth run of the season with a grounder that was booted by the Saints’ shortstop. Senior Jess Winer (Longmeadow, Mass.) knocked in another run with an RBI single up the middle, and sophomore Ashleigh Phelps (West Chester, Pa.) plated Babson’s third and final run of the contest with a single to right.
Miquel got into minor trouble in the third and fifth innings, but would pitch out of both jams unscathed. In the third, a walk, hit-by-pitch, wild pitch, and a stolen base would put runners at second and third with only one out, but the freshman righty escaped with back-to-back strikeouts. Two innings later, two straight walks followed by a fielder’s choice put runners at the corners with two down, but Miquel induced a groundout to short to end the inning.
From there it was smooth sailing for the rookie, who retired the side in order in the sixth and seventh to secure just the eighth no-hitter in Babson softball history and only the fourth to go the full seven innings. It was only the second no-no by a Beaver hurler since 2006, with the other coming last April 15 by Danielle Liska ’10.
In the opener, first-year Tess Rubega (Norwich, Conn.) pitched well but suffered a tough loss in a 2-0 defeat to Bowdoin. The rookie righthander allowed just two runs - both earned - on seven hits while walking one and striking out four. However, Polar Bear hurler Melissa DellaTorre was even better, firing a three-hit shutout with one walk and 11 strikeouts. Funk, Latini, and sophomore Jackie Enos (Taunton, Mass.) recorded the only hits in the loss for Babson.