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Doubleheader Preview: Softball at Wheaton

Doubleheader Preview: Softball at Wheaton

Softball at Wheaton
Sunday, April 2—12/2 p.m.
Clark Field—Norton, Mass.


Babson and Wheaton will meet for the 30th straight year in a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon. The Lyons hold a 44-20 edge in the all-time series, but the Beavers have gone 10-6 against Wheaton since 2010.

Junior Samantha Smith went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBI to help Babson defeat Wheaton, 4-2, in game two of a doubleheader on April 10, 2016, in Norton. Classmate Ali Reilly scattered seven hits to earn the complete-game win for the Beavers. Senior Caroline Fairbanks went 2-for-3 with a double for the Lyons.

Fairbanks and Marissa Timoteo both homered as part of a five-run first inning as the Lyons cruised to a 9-1 five-inning win in the opening game of last year's doubleheader. Fairbanks homered twice and drove in four runs, and Emma Hart went 3-for-3 with a triple and three runs scored for Wheaton. Smith homered in the third inning for the Beavers.

Wheaton (5-9, 1-1 NEWMAC) has been idle since splitting a doubleheader with WPI on March 25. Senior Jessica Cochrane drove in all three runs in a 3-1 game-one victory for the Lyons, who were held to just five hits a 7-2 game-two loss. Cochrane is 11-for-29 (.379) at the plate with four RBI, senior Rebecca Seifert is batting .349 with three extra-base hits, nine runs scored and seven RBI, and sophomore Emily Schlapak has cranked four home runs and leads the team with 14 runs batted in. Senior Danielle Cimino is 2-3 with a 3.90 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 32.1 innings for a staff that has three hurlers with at least seven appearances this spring.

Babson (9-5, 1-1 NEWMAC) rallied for a 5-4 game-one win before dropping game two, 7-4, at Smith on Wednesday. Senior Leslie Moore finished the day with five hits and three RBI, while first-year Kayla Schinik added three hits and three runs scored from the leadoff spot for the Beavers. Moore is batting .386 with four extra-base hits and a team-high 12 RBI, Schinik is hitting .333 with eight runs scored and first-year Jacqueline Paul is 10-for-30 (.333) at the plate with one double and four runs batted in. First-year Brooke Stock has won four straight decisions and is 6-2 with a 2.43 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 49.0 innings, while Reilly is 3-3 with a 3.35 ERA in eight appearances.

Sophomore Josephine Mares has hit safely in four straight games and is 6-for-10 at the plate with two doubles during this stretch, while Schinik has reached base safely in all 14 games on the year. She also has at least one hit in four straight contests.

The Beavers went 18-9 in the month of April last season averaging 5.2 runs and finishing with a .965 fielding percentage during those 27 games.

The Green and White is 18-9 in road games since the start of the 2015 campaign, which includes a 10-8 mark against league foes.

The Beavers have scored 39 of their 65 runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings this season.