Softball Spring Break Preview

Softball Spring Break Preview

Softball at the Spring Games
Friday, March 17 vs. Gordon (10:30 a.m.) | vs. Westfield State (1 p.m.)
Saturday, March 18 vs. Amherst (9 a.m.) | Wesleyan (2 p.m.)
Sunday, March 19 vs. Allegheny (2 p.m.) | Clarkson (4:30 p.m.)
NTC Complex—Clermont, Fla.

THE SETUP
Babson opens the season with 12 games over seven days beginning on Friday in Clermont, Fla. The Beavers play three straight doubleheaders prior to an off day on Monday.

SERIES HISTORY INFORMATION
vs. Gordon: The Beavers won their only previous matchup against the Fighting Scots, 10-4, in 2015.
vs. Westfield State: The Beavers their only meeting against the Owls in 2009.
vs. Amherst: Babson is 4-2 all-time against Amherst, but suffered a 7-1 loss last season in Florida.
vs. Wesleyan: The Beavers are 1-4 all-time against the Cardinals although the teams have not met since 2012.
vs. Allegheny: First meeting
vs. Clarkson: First meeting. The Beavers and Golden Knights will also play on March 23.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
GORDON
The Fighting Scots (2-4) have split their last four games after defeating Westfield State, 14-12, and losing to Stevenson, 5-3, on Wednesday. Sophomore Megan Jenkerson is batting .444 with two home runs and four RBI, while senior Carleigh Petersen is hitting .353 with four doubles over the first six games. First-year Caitlin Catalanotto is 2-0 with a 1.40 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 15.0 innings in the circle this spring.

WESTFIELD STATE
The Owls (2-4) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 13-1 win over Ripon (Wis.) on Wednesday. Sophomore Bri Tortora is hitting .524 with four doubles, senior Julia Sullivan is batting .450 and leads the team with seven runs scored and six RBI, and junior Angelica Banning checks in with a .357 average and five runs batted in in four starts. Sophomore Sarah Eugenio is 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA in 15.0 innings of work on the year.

AMHERST
Amherst (6-2) rallied from a seven-run deficit to defeat Bowdoin, 9-8, and dropped a 9-1 five-inning decision to Washington University on Wednesday. First-year Andrea Sanders is batting .480 with seven runs scored, sophomore Kyra Naftel is hitting .448 with six runs batted in and senior Alena Marovitz has homered twice and driven in six runs over the first eight games. Junior Gina Pagan and sophomore Lorena Ukanwa have combined to go 5-2 with a 2.28 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 46.2 innings.

WESLEYAN
The Cardinals (1-3) played a pair of extra-inning games on Thursday, edging Becker 8-7 in nine innings before falling to UMass Boston, 7-5, in eight innings. First-year Jenna Putala is batting .467 with three doubles, two home runs and five RBI, while senior Izzy Linzer is hitting .353 with two triples, three RBI and four runs scored. Junior Julie McDonald has made three appearances in the circle going 1-1 with a 0.41 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 17.0 innings.

ALLEGHENY
The Gators (0-0) will open the year with games against Carthage and Calvin on Saturday afternoon after losing six of its final eight games to finish the 2016 season with an overall mark of 9-21. Senior Alexis Ryan hit .353 with seven doubles and 12 RBI, while classmate Taylor Massart batted .329 with eight doubles and 11 RBI last spring as both players earned honorable mention All-NCAC honors. Fellow seniors Allison Cabo (3-9) and Miranda Arison (5-10) lead a pitching staff that finished with a 6.75 ERA a year ago.

CLARKSON
The Golden Knights (2-2) split a pair of games with both Salisbury and Washington College on March 4-5 in Maryland, and begin their Florida swing by taking on Trinity (Conn.) and Sewanee on Friday. Michele Winn batted .362 with four home runs and nine RBI, while Summer Lancette and Krystin Messier both doubled twice in the team's first two games. Jamie Bridge, an All-Liberty League selection last spring, is 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 13.1 innings over her first three appearances.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (0-0) returns 13 players from a team that went 28-15 and finished fourth in the NEWMAC last season. Sophomore Annie Quine batted .410 with 15 doubles and a team-high 34 RBI as a rookie, while junior Samantha Smith hit .381 to go along with 15 doubles, 24 RBI and 39 runs scored last spring. Sophomore Josephine Mares finished second on the squad with 31 runs scored and senior Leslie Moore batted .343 with eight extra-base hits and 20 RBI for the Beavers. Sophomore pitcher Ali Reilly went 18-10 with a 2.14 ERA and six shutouts in 173.2 innings last year on her way to earning first-team all-conference honors.

BREAKING OUT THE BATS
The Green and White recorded eight or more hits in 11 of its last 13 games, a stretch that included at least three extra-base hits in six of those 11 contests.

SUNSHINE STATE SUCCESS
Moore batted .394 with two doubles and five RBI, Smith hit .375 with three doubles and Quine produced five extra-base hits and led Babson with 11 RBI in 12 games in Florida last spring.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers went 24-2 last season when scoring four or more runs.

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