WELLESLEY, Mass. -- The Babson College softball team earned a 12-2 win in game one of a NEWMAC doubleheader at Wellesley College on Tuesday. The Beavers trailed, 4-3, in game two but had the bases loaded with one out when the contest was halted due to darkness. No date has yet been announced for the completion of the contest.
The game one loss sent Wellesley to 18-9 overall, 6-3 in the NEWMAC, while Babson's season ledger is now 20-13, 8-5 in conference.
The Blue outhit the Beavers, 12-6 in game one, but a perfect storm of walks, errors and illegal pitches, combined with timely Babson hitting, vaulted the visitors to victory.
Babson struck for three runs in the top of the first, with the aid of only a single from Jess Pashos. The hosts dished out four walks while committing a costly error to put the visitors up 3-0. The Beavers then stretched the lead to 4-0 in the third, as an RBI single from Ashleigh Phelps scored Jess Winer.
In the top of the fourth, Babson again pushed three runs across. Three straight walks from Wellesley to open the inning set up Nicole Latini’s bases clearing triple that put Babson ahead, 7-0.
Wellesley would get two runs in the bottom of the seventh, as a leadoff triple from Lauren Goldfarb was followed by an RBI single by Sara Del Balzo. A double from Sinta Cebrian then cut the deficit to 7-2.
Babson struck for five unearned runs in the top of the seventh, putting the game out of reach. The Beavers only needed one hit to send five across, as two Wellesley errors came back to haunt the hosts, resulting in the 12-2 loss.
Latini’s three RBI led Babson in game one, while Catie Funk notched a 1-2 performance with three runs and two RBI. Winer, Jackie Enos, and Phelps each drove in runs in the win.
In the circle for the Beavers, Christina Miguel picked up the win, throwing four and two thirds of an inning, scattering nine hits with two earned runs. Megan Brain came on in relief, pitching two and a third, allowing three hits while striking out a pair.
For Wellesley, Lauren Goldfarb and Mara Blesoff each tallied three-hit games, while Del Balzo and Cebrian drove in the lone Blue runs. In the circle, Goldfarb took the loss, allowing seven runs on five hits with eight walks and two strikeouts.
In game two, Babson again struck first with runs in the third and fourth innings. Back-to-back doubles from Funk and Latini made it 1-0 Beavers, while an RBI single from Pashos with the bases loaded one inning later made it 2-0. The damage could have been worse, but Wellesley was able to throw out a runner at the plate on Pashos' single to get out of the inning.
Wellesley countered with a two-out, four-run rally in the bottom of the fifth to take their first lead of the day at 4-2. After strikeouts sandwiched a Kim Cabral single, Goldfarb sent the first pitch of her at-bat over the left field fence to tie the game and spark the Wellesley rally. The Blue then strung together four straight hits, including an RBI double from Cebrian to take the lead. Babson relief pitcher Tess Rubega would then force a groundout to end the inning.
Babson set the scene for a late comeback of its own before the game was halted due to darkness. With one out, the Beavers used four walks and a hit by pitch to get one back, before the game was called with the bases loaded and one out with Phelps at the plate.
Statistics from game two do not become official until the contest is completed.
Wellesley returns to the field tomorrow with another NEWMAC doubleheader, originally rescheduled from April 1st. The Blue will take on MIT at 3:00 p.m. Babson next plays on Friday, in a non-conference doubleheader at Endicott at 3:00 p.m.
NOTE: Taken from a Wellesley College press release.