BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- The Babson College softball team came within one out of an impressive doubleheader sweep of host Bridgewater State University on Wednesday, but the Bears staged a seventh-inning rally to take game two and salvage a split of a non-conference doubleheader. Babson won game one, 9-1, but Bridgewater State claimed game two, 10-9.
First-year Christina Miquel was brilliant in game one for the Beavers, pitching all seven innings and allowing only one run on six hits, walking four and striking out two. The win improved her record to 4-1 on the year.
Offensively, Babson was led by junior Lisa Wojnar, who went 3-for-3 with her second homer of the season, three runs scored, and two driven in. Sophomore Catie Funk went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs, and one RBI, and sophomore Ashleigh Phelps finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Sophomore Brianna Strecker was the only player with multiple hits in the opener for Bridgewater State, finishing 2-for-3. Senior Tracey Sanko went the first six innings and took the loss for the Bears, dropping her record to 1-5 on the year.
The Beavers jumped in front early with three first-inning runs, thanks in part to a pair of Bridgewater State errors. Babson then tacked on four more runs in the top of the fifth, with junior Nicole Latini singling in two and Wojnar following with a two-run homer.
The Bears would get one run back when junior Jordan McDermott singled in senior Heather McPherson in the bottom of the fifth, but the Beavers added single runs in the sixth and seventh to run away with the 9-1 victory.
Babson continued to pour on the offense in game two, scoring four times in the top of the first. Junior Jess Pashos opened the scoring with a two-run homer, another run came home on an error, and Phelps doubled in Wojnar to give the visitors an early 4-0 cushion.
The Bears rebounded in the bottom of the inning, scoring three times to get back to within one. Sophomore Jennifer Shaw drove in one run with a double to center, senior Penny King squeezed in another, and junior Michaela Ferreira capped off the inning's scoring with an RBI single to left.
Funk pushed Babson's lead to 6-3 with a two-run double in the top of the second, but the Beavers responded with a sac fly by Strecker and an RBI double by Ferreira in the third. Babson then appeared to take control of the contest behind Funk, who hit another two-run double in the fourth and then blasted a solo homer in the sixth to complete a 4-for-4, five-RBI performance for the Beavers. That gave the visitors a seemingly comfortable 9-4 lead that would last until the bottom of the seventh.
The Bears staged a dramatic comeback in their final at-bat, beginning when first-year pinch-runner Chelsie Babcock scored following a one-out infield hit by McPherson. Babson first-year starter Tess Rubega then struck out the next batter for the second out of the inning, but a single by King and a walk to Stecker loaded the bases.
Ferreira made it a one-run game with a two-run single, and moments later Strecker crossed the plate on a wild pitch to tie the game at 9-9. McDermott then completed the Bears' comeback victory when she drove in Ferreira with an infield single to third as Bridgewater State walked off with the 10-9 victory.
Sophomore Meghan Dunn earned the win for Bridgwater State, pitching all seven innings to improve to 5-2 on the spring. Rubega suffered the loss for the Beavers, dropping her record to 1-7.
Ferreira and McPherson each had three hits in the nightcap for Bridgewater State, with Ferreira also adding four RBIs. Phelps and junior Kayla Davis each had two hits for Babson, while sophomore Jackie Enos scored three times.