SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The Springfield College softball team came back in game two to defeat Babson, 9-0, in five innings in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference doubleheader. By so doing, SC locked up the second sees in next week's NEWMAC Tournament. In game one, Babson won an exciting see-saw contest, 8-7, in eight innings.
With the second-game win, SC upped its overall record to 22-13 overall, 12-4 in the NEWMAC. Now 21-16 overall and 9-6 in the NEWMAC, Babson can finish no higher than third in the final conference standings. The Beavers will finish up their regular season play when they resume their halted game at Wellesley tomorrow at 5 p.m. with the Blue leading 4-3 in the top of the seventh inning.
In Saturday's second game, freshman pitcher Ashley Marino played the staring role for the Pride. She gave up just one hit overall, a hard-hit ball by Catie Funk that skipped past the third baseman with two outs in the top of the fourth. That would prove to be the only baserunner Marino allowed, as she struck out five to improve to 10-6.
Springfield scored three runs in the first and added two in the fifth on a two-run home run to right by Breann Joyce. The Pride then scored four more runs in the fourth. In that inning, Kelly Blake scorched a double for two RBI's. Amanda Novak hit a sacrifice fly, and Joyce singled home another.
In the first game, Babson led four times, while Springfield led twice, including 7-5 entering the top of the seventh. But Nicole Latini doubled home one run, and Jess Winer singled home the tying run.
In the eighth, after Sammy Kiley began the inning by being sacrificed to third, Breezy DiPietro hit a hard ground ball to second. SC's Kasey Kelly elected to go home with the throw, but Kiley snuck in safely for what turned out to be winning run.
Megan Brain, who threw the final three innings, got the win in the opener. She then took the loss in game two.
NOTE: Taken from a Springfield College press release.