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Softball Drops Both Ends of Doubleheader at Wheaton

Softball Drops Both Ends of Doubleheader at Wheaton

NORTON, Mass.—Babson College was held to just four hits in game one gave up a pair of runs with two outs in the top of the seventh inning in game two on its way to being swept by Wheaton College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball doubleheader on Sunday afternoon. The Beavers were blanked 5-0 in the opener and suffered a 6-4 loss to the Lyons in the nightcap.

Babson, which has dropped three straight games, is now 9-7 overall and 1-3 in conference play, while Wheaton improves to 7-9 overall and 3-1 in the NEWMAC.

First-year Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) went 2-for-3 at the plate, and seniors Leslie Moore (Atkinson, N.H.) and Meaghan Merullo (Winchester, Mass.) each had a single for the Green and White, which was limited to just six baserunners in the loss. Junior Ali Reilly (New Canann, Conn.) allowed five runs on five hits while striking out four to drop to 3-4 on the year.

Wheaton took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a two-out home run by senior Jessica Cochrane (Walpole, Mass.). Classmate Danielle Cimino (Cumberland, Maine) escaped a bases-loaded jam with a double play in the bottom of the second, and the Lyons scored four times with two outs in the top of the third to build a five-run advantage.

Senior Caroline Fairbanks (Milford, Mass.) plated a run with an infield single and sophomore Emily Schlapak (Dover, N.H.) followed with a three-run blast to left center. The support was more than enough for Cimino, who recorded her first shutout of the season to move to 3-3.

Paul and first-year Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) both went 2-for-2 with an RBI, and classmate Victoria Casey (Emerson, N.J.) doubled and drove in a pair of runs for the Beavers. Fellow first-year Brook Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) allowed five earned runs on six hits while fanning six over 7.0 innings to fall to 6-3 on the season.

Wheaton took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but Babson answered with back-to-back two-out RBI singles from Paul and Roche to go in front 2-1 in the last of the first. The Lyons regained the lead in the third though, as Fairbanks came through with a two-out single to center and Schlapak hammered a two-run blast to left for a 4-2 advantage.

Casey cut the Beavers' deficit to one with an RBI double to left in the bottom of the fourth, and then drove in first-year Annie Mitchell (Rehoboth, Mass.) to tie the game on a fielder's choice in the sixth. Wheaton went ahead for good in the seventh after loading the bases with nobody out. Stock was able to get Fairbanks to ground into a double play, but senior Rebecca Seifert (Franklin, Mass.) and Cochrane both raced home on a wild pitch to make it 6-4.

Lyons' junior Allison Cox (Torrance, Calif.) gave up a leadoff double to sophomore Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) in the bottom of the inning, but recorded a pair of pop ups and a ground out to end the game.

Babson returns to action on Monday when it visits MIT for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m., while Wheaton travels to Rhode Island College for a doubleheader on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

•    The Beavers are now 20-46 all-time against Wheaton.
•    With its loss in game two, Babson is now 8-2 on the year when scoring at least three runs.
•    The Beavers' three-game losing streak is its first in the same season since dropping four consecutive doubleheaders to Wheaton and Tufts on March 31 and April 1, 2015.