Reilly, Stock Lead Beavers to Consecutive 7-0 Wins
CLERMONT, Fla.—Junior Ali Reilly (New Canaan, Conn.) and first-year Brock Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) both tossed complete-game shutouts as the Babson College softball team opened the season with back-to-back 7-0 wins over Gordon College and Westfield State University on Friday in at the NTC Complex.
GAME 1 vs. Gordon
Reilly allowed just four hits, all singles, and struck out five over seven innings for the Beavers. Senior Leslie Moore (Atkinson, N.H.) went 2-for-4 with a home run and three runs batted in, while sophomore Annie Quine (Santa Monica, Calif.) had three hits, including a double, and drove in three runs to pace the offense. First-year Kayla Schinik (Watchung, N.J.) also doubled and finished with two hits and two runs scored for the Green and White.
Schinik singled and scored in the top of the first and Babson (2-0) tacked on four runs with two outs in the second to build a commanding 5-0 advantage. Reilly retired 11 straight batters between the second and fifth innings, and the Beavers tacked on an insurance runs on Quine's two-out single in the sixth and Moore's solo homer to lead off the seventh.
First-year Caitlin Catalanotto (Kingston, N.H.), who went 2-for-3 at the dish, gave up two earned runs on 11 hits in a complete-game effort to fall to 3-1 on the year in the circle for the Fighting Scots (3-7).
GAME 2 vs. Westfield State
Stock was superb in her collegiate debut for the Green and White, striking out 10 and carrying a no-hitter into the seventh before allowing a pair of singles to earn her first career win. Sophomore Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI, while Quine doubled and was one of four other players to drive in a run against the Owls (3-5).
Despite recording just two hits in the top of the first, the Green and White took advantage of three errors to plate four runs. Schinik scored the opening run on an error at shortstop, and Tango and first-year Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) followed with RBI singles to make it 3-0. First-year Annie Mitchell (Rehoboth, Mass.) then drove in junior Samantha Smith (Hillsborough, N.J.) with an RBI ground out.
Babson added to its lead with three more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Quine led off with a double and scored on Moore's single up the middle. Two batters later, Tango hit a two-run blast over the centerfield wall for the final margin.
Westfield State, which hadn't advanced a runner past first base over the first six innings, used two singles and a walk to load the bases in the top of the seventh before Stock got senior Emma Dunbar (Weymouth, Mass.) to fly out to left for the final out.
First-year Emily Woodworth (Marlborough, Mass.) suffered the loss for the Owls giving up three earned runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings.
The Beavers return to action on Saturday when they take on Amherst at 9 a.m. and face Wesleyan at 2 p.m. in Clermont, Fla.
• Babson is now 2-0 all-time against both Gordon and Westfield State.
• The Beavers have recorded five straight shutouts in the month of March going back to last season.
• Overall, Babson has won its last seven games in the month of March dating back to a 6-2 victory over Norwich in its final game in Clermont last season.