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Softball Opens NEWMAC Play with Doubleheader Split at Smith

Softball Opens NEWMAC Play with Doubleheader Split at Smith

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Senior Leslie Moore (Atkinson, N.H.) had five hits and drove in three runs to help visiting Babson College split Wednesday's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball doubleheader at Smith College. The Beavers rallied to win game one, 5-4, before falling  to the Pioneers, 7-4, in the nightcap.

Moore and sophomore Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) both went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, and Babson (9-5, 1-1 NEWMAC) erased a 4-0 deficit with five runs in the sixth inning to take the opening game of the afternoon. Sophomore Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) and first-year Kayla Schinik (Watchung, N.J.) both went 2-for-4 with a run scored, while junior Samantha Smith (Hillsborough, N.J.) had one of the Beavers' five doubles and drove in a pair of runs in the win.

Smith (4-8, 1-1 NEWMAC) jumped on top 3-0 in the bottom of the first thanks to a two-run double by sophomore Alyssa Pioggia (East Longmeadow, Mass.), and added to its lead on senior Ally Snyder's (Succasunna, N.J.) two-out homer in the last of the fifth. The Beavers had just four hits over the first five innings before exploding for five runs in the sixth.

Schinik led off with a single and Mares followed with a double to put a pair of runners in scoring position. Moore plated Schinik with a single to left, Smith followed with a two-run double, and Tango came through with an RBI single to tie the game. First-year Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) then smacked a double to centerfield that drove in Tango with the go-ahead run.

First-year Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) retired the side in order in the sixth and then used a pair of groundouts with the potential tying run on second in the last of the seventh to close out the victory. Stock, who has won four straight decisions, allowed just two hits after the first innings, to move to 6-2 on the season.

Senior Natalie Burchat (Shrewsbury, Mass.) suffered the complete-game loss for the Pioneers after giving up five earned runs on 11 hits.

Moore went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs batted in and Schinik scored twice and drove in a pair of runs for the Green and White, which saw Smith scored six times over the final three innings to salvage a split.

Schinik reached on an error to start the game and scored one batter later on Mares' double to right for a 1-0 lead. The Pioneers took advantage of a two-out error to pull even in the third, and then used three straight hits, including a two-run double by senior Brittney Blokker (Seattle, Wash.), to plate four runs in the fourth.

Moore singled home a pair of runs in the top of the fifth, and Schinik drove in Paul in the sixth to cut the Beavers' deficit to 6-4. Smith junior Rowan Turner (Kansas City, Kan.) escaped further damage by inducing a bases-loaded groundout to end the inning.

Junior Ali Reilly (New Canann, Conn.) dropped to 3-3 on the year for Babson after giving up five earned runs on 11 hits. Turner, who did not allow an earned run, earned her second win of the season, while Burchat recorded the final three outs for her first save of the spring.

Both teams return to action on Friday at 3 p.m. as the Beavers visit 20th-ranked MIT, while Smith travels to Clark.

•    Babson is 28-31 all-time against Smith.
•    The Beavers are now 9-1 this season when limiting their opponents to five runs or less.
•    Prior to Wednesday's comeback in game one, Babson had been 0-4 on the year when trailing after five innings.