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Softball Goes Extra Innings to Edge Worcester State, Falls to Hope

Softball Goes Extra Innings to Edge Worcester State, Falls to Hope

CLERMONT, Fla.—The Babson College softball team split a pair of games on Tuesday at Hancock Park as it defeated Worcester State University, 4-2, in eight innings to open the day before falling to Hope College, 8-0, in game two.

Senior Leslie Moore (Atkinson, N.H.) drove in a run with a first-inning double and scored the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning to help the Beavers edge the Lancers, 4-2, for their third consecutive win on Tuesday morning.

Junior Samantha Smith (Hillsborough, N.J.) went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, while sophomores Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) and Alex Corrigan (Middletown, N.J.) both drove in a run for the Green and White. Junior Ali Reilly (New Canaan, Conn.) allowed just one earned run on six hits while striking out five to move to 3-1 on the season.

Babson (5-3) took a 1-0 when sophomore Annie Quine (Santa Monica, Calif.) scored on Moore's double with two outs in the first. The Beavers went back in front 2-1 in the fifth when first-year Victoria Casey (Emerson, N.J.) scored on Smith's one-out single through the left side, only to see Worcester State (1-4) tie the game on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh.

Moore gave the Green and White the lead for good when she scored on a fielder's choice in the eighth, and Corrigan drove in sophomore Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) with an insurance run on a sacrifice fly. Reilly gave up a lead-off single in the bottom of the eighth to put runners on the corners, but retired the final three batters she faced to secure the win.

The Green and White made five errors and was limited to just four hits in an 8-0 loss to the Flying Dutch. Tango, sophomore Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) and first-years Annie Mitchell (Rehoboth, Mass.) and Kayla Schinik (Watchung, N.J.) all singled for the Beavers, while classmate Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) dropped to 2-2 on the year after giving up three earned runs on nine hits over six innings.

Hayley Reitsma homered with two outs in the first and Hope (6-2) extended its lead to 3-0 on Jones' two-out, two-run single in the top of the third. Babson was unable to take advantage of Mitchell's lead-off single in the bottom of the frame, and was held to just one hit over of the final four innings.

Sydney Jones struck out seven in a complete-game effort to move to 4-0 on the year for the Flying Dutch.

The Beavers return to action on Wednesday when they take on Southern Maine at 9 a.m. and Hamilton at 11:30 a.m.