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Softball Blanks Wellesley, Clark To Stay Alive In NEWMAC Tournament

Softball Blanks Wellesley, Clark To Stay Alive In NEWMAC Tournament


NEW LONDON, Conn. -- The fourth-seeded Babson College softball team won a pair of elimination games to stay alive in the 2011 NEWMAC Tournament hosted by Coast Guard on Friday. The Beavers began the day with a five-inning 10-0 victory over third-seeded Wellesley before topping sixth-seeded Clark by a score of 7-0.

First-year Christina Miquel was sensational on the mound for the Beavers, pitching all 12 innings for her second and third shutouts of the season. She allowed only five hits and one walk while striking out four in the victory over Wellesley, and then gave up just six hits and two walks while fanning five in the win over Clark. The two victories improved her season record to 8-2.

In their opening game of the day, the Beavers scored twice in the top of the first to take an early 2-0 lead. Sophomore Jackie Enos led off with a walk and junior Jess Pashos followed with a bunt single, and later in the frame both runners came home on back-to-back wild pitches. Babson then scored again in the second when junior Lisa Wojnar led off with a walk and later scored from second on a base-hit to right by Enos.

In the third, sophomore slugger Catie Funk kicked off what would prove to be an historic day for her when she led off with a double and scored on an RBI single by junior Nicole Latini. An outfield error on the play, followed by a wild pitch and an illegal pitch then enabled Latini to cross the plate as Babson increased its lead to 5-0.

After two walks and two errors led to two more runs in the top of the fourth, the Beavers capped off their 10-0 win with three more in the fifth. Junior Kayla Davis doubled in sophomore Ashleigh Phelps for the first run, and later in the inning a single to center by Pashos knocked in first-years Katie Guido and Sam Pilkington to finish off the 10-0 rout.

The Babson offense continued to roll against Clark, as the Beavers smashed three home runs en route to a 7-0 win. After senior Jess Winer drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the first run of the game in the bottom of the first, Funk blasted a two-run homer to left to highlight a four-run second. It was her eighth round-tripper of the season, breaking the previous single-season program record of seven set by teammate Davis last spring. Enos added an RBI triple in the second, while Pashos plated another run when she reached on an error as Babson built a 5-0 lead after two.

The Beavers added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, as Pilkington and Winer each hit their second home run of the season to complete the scoring.

With second-seeded Springfield upsetting top-seeded and nationally-ranked Coast Guard on Friday, Babson will now face the host Bears in another elimination game on Saturday at noon. The winner of that game will move on to the championship round against Springfield, with the Pride needing just one win to claim the conference title.