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Softball Settles for Doubleheader Split at Wellesley

Softball Settles for Doubleheader Split at Wellesley

WELLESLEY, Mass.—Junior Ali Reilly (New Canaan, Conn.) tossed a complete-game shutout in game one to help visiting Babson College defeat Wellesley College, 7-0. The Blue rallied to salvage a split of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader with a 3-2 victory in game two.

Babson, which has won three of its last four games, is now 12-8 overall and 4-4 in conference play, while Wellesley moves to 7-4 overall and 2-2 in the NEWMAC.

First-year Victoria Casey (Emerson, N.J.) finished with a double and two RBI, and was one of five different players to record a pair of hits in the Beavers' 7-0 win. Senior Leslie Moore (Atkinson, N.H.) went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI, while sophomores Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas), Annie Quine (Santa Monica, Calif.) and Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) all added two hits apiece.

Casey singled home Moore with two outs in the bottom of the second, and the Green and White broke the game open with four more runs in the fourth. The Beavers' first six hitters reached base in the frame, which included RBI doubles by Moore and Casey, and a run-scoring single from first-year Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) to extend the lead to 5-0.

Reilly (5-4) was superb for Babson as she scattered six hits and fanned two to record her second shutout of the season. The Blue, which had a runner thrown out at home in the first, stranded six runners over the first four innings and 10 for the game.

The Beavers recorded 13 hits for the second consecutive game, but stranded nine runners and twice left the bases loaded as Wellesley held on for a 3-2 win in the nightcap. Quine went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI, while Moore and fellow senior Meaghan Merullo (Winchester, Mass.) both finished with three hits apiece in the loss.

The Blue used solo home runs from seniors Ashtyn Coleman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Anna Pisac (Snohomish, Wash.) to build a 2-0 lead in the top of the fifth. Babson, which had a pair of runners gunned down at home, loaded the bases with one out in both the fourth and sixth innings but came up empty.  

Pisac drove in junior Amanda Manning (Chico, Calif.) with a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh before the Green and White mounted one last rally in its final at-bat. Mares drew a leadoff walk and Quine made it a one-run game two batters later with a home run to left. Moore followed with a single, but Wellesley went to its bullpen for junior Julia Warner (Kenmore, Wash.), who recorded the final two outs in relief of sophomore Sydney Hooper (Newcastle, Wash.) to preserve the win.

First-year Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), who dropped to 7-4 on the year,  gave up three runs on seven hits while striking out four and walking four in a complete-game effort for the Beavers.

Both teams return to action with doubleheaders beginning at 12 p.m. on Saturday as Babson visits Coast Guard, while Wellesley hosts Smith.

•    The Beavers are now 21-13 all-time against Wellesley.
•    After averaging more than 12 combined runs over their last six meetings, the teams combined for just 12 runs in two games on Friday.
•    Reilly's victory in game one was the 32nd of her career, tying her for sixth place in program history.
•    After going seven games without a stolen base, Babson swiped six bags in Friday's twin bill.