BABSON PARK, Mass. – The Babson College softball won a pair of New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) games, 5-3 and 6-1, over foe Wheaton College on Wednesday afternoon at Alumni Field. Babson junior captain Nicole Latini (East Bridgewater, Mass.) led all player with four hits including a walk-off two run homer to end game one. With the wins, Babson improves to 13-13 on the season and 5-5 in NEWMAC action while Wheaton dips to 13-2 on the season and 4-6 in the NEWMAC.
Babson got on the board first in game one when a pair of singles by sophomore Jackie Enos (Taunton, Mass.) and junior Jess Pashos (Winchester, Mass.) followed by a walk from sophomore Catie Funk (Scarborough, Maine) loaded the bases. Enos would score the first Babson run when junior Lisa Wojnar (Bellaire, Texas) hit a sacrifice fly to bring her in.
Wheaton answered in the top of the second when a double-steal worked in the Lyons favor allowing senior Kristen Hunt (Milford, Conn.) to score after she doubled to start the inning and advanced the third on a Babson error.
The team remained tied for the next two and half innings until Wheaton took the lead in the top of the fifth, 2-1, when senior Rachel Merrick (Methuen, Mass.) doubled to left field and was eventually brought home with a sacrifice fly from senior Nicole DeRosa (Greenwich, Conn.).
Pashos got the hitting going to start the fifth inning when she homered to centerfield. Funk followed with a double and Latini got her first hit of the day singling to left field. A groundout from senior captain Jess Winer (Longmeadow, Mass.) would drive in Funk to give the Beavers the 3-2 lead.
Both teams went scoreless in the sixth inning but Wheaton tied it up in the top of the seventh when senior Katy Salka (Ayer, Mass.) singled and then advanced to third when sophomore Megan Roy (North Dighton, Mass.) doubled. A single from Hunt would bring in the tying run.
The Beavers avoided extra innings when Funk singled to get on base and was brought in by a walk-off homerun by Latini giving Babson the 5-3 win.
Sophomore Megan Brain (Pompton Plains, N.J.) earned the win for Babson pitching all seven innings giving up twelve hits, three runs while striking out three. Latini’s three hits led the Beavers while Enos, Pashos and Funk all finished with two hits apiece.
Salka and Hunt had three hits each for Wheaton and first-year Allison Baker (Orange, Conn.) got the loss pitching six full innings allowing 11 hits, five runs with two strikeouts.
Looking for revenge in game two, Wheaton scored the first run of the game in the top of the first when Merrick reached on a single and then advanced to second on a Marissa Hobocan (Shelton, Conn.) hit. Hobocan’s hit was followed by two fielder’s choices to bring Merrick home giving Wheaton the 1-0 lead.
Babson kept the momentum going however when four consecutive walks quickly tied the game, 1-1, forcing Wheaton pitcher, Lesley Warn (Portland, Maine) from the game. A wild pitch then advanced all the runners and brought in the Beavers’ second run. Junior Kayla Davis (Gardner, Mass.) reached base on a fielder’s choice allowing Latini to score when the Wheaton defense went for the out with Winer who was on her way to third base giving Babson the 3-1 lead.
A homerun from Funk to start the third inning gave Babson another run followed by singles from Latini and Winer. Latini stole third base and advanced home on a wild pitch. The final run of the game came when Davis singled to center field allowing Winer’s pinch runner, Katie Guido (Middleton, Mass.) to score, putting the Beavers up, 6-1.
Neither team would score the rest of the game as the Beavers went on the earn the win.
Babson first-year Tess Rubega (Norwich, Conn.) went the distance for the Beavers allowing only five hits and one run with one walk and one strikeout. Davis led Babson in game two with two hits and two RBI.
Merrick led the way for Wheaton with two hits while Warn earned the loss for Wheaton. Baker came in to pitch 3.2 innings allowing five hits and three runs and Merrick finished out the game pitching two innings allowing one hit.
Babson returns to action on Saturday when they host Smith in a NEWMAC doubleheader beginning at 12pm while Wheaton travels to MIT for a NEWMAC doubleheader also on Saturday beginning at 3pm.