CLERMONT, Fla. -- The Babson College softball team bounced back from a 3-1 loss to Plattsburgh State earlier in the day to blow out Franciscan University, 11-0, in five innings in Florida. With the split, the Beavers are now 7-5 on their spring break trip.
Starter Ashley Marshall led Plattsburgh State (8-1) to a 3-1 victory in Babson's first game of the day. The Cardinal hurler allowed just three hits and one unearned run in the contest, walking two and striking out six. Beavers' sophomore Megan Brain was also stellar in defeat, giving up three runs - two earned - on five hits, walking one and fanning eight in six innings of work. The loss was her first of the spring as she fell to 3-1.
An outfield error followed by a double provided Plattsburgh State with a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third, but Babson tied it in the top of the fourth when junior Nicole Latini led off with a double, took third on a groundout, and later scored on a two-out Cardinal error. Plattsburgh then plated two more runs in the bottom half of the fourth, and Marshall would keep the Beavers off the board the rest of the way as the Cardinals held on for the 3-1 win.
The Babson offense erupted in game two, scoring two runs in the first, 11 in the second, and two more in the third to run away with the 11-0, five-inning victory. Latini went 1-for 3 with her 10th career triple - moving her into first place on the program's all-time list - while driving in three runs. First-year Katie Guido also knocked in three - all on a bases-clearing double in the second, while sophomore Jackie Enos went 2-for-3 with three runs scored. First-years Sam Pilkington and Sammy Kiley each added two hits and one RBI for the Beavers, while classmates Tess Rubega (2 IP, 3 K), Christina Miquel (W, 2-1; 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K), and Kelly King (2 IP, 2 K) combined on a one-hit shutout on the mound.