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Softball Powers Past Coast Guard for Doubleheader Sweep

Softball Powers Past Coast Guard for Doubleheader Sweep

NEW LONDON, Conn.—The Babson College softball team pounded out 22 hits on its way to sweeping a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader at the Coast Guard Academy on Saturday afternoon. The Beavers took the opener 6-1 and then topped the Bears, 8-4, in game two.

Babson, which has won five of its last six games, is now 14-8 overall and 6-4 in conference play, while Coast Guard slips to 13-11 overall and 1-9 in the NEWMAC.

Five different players finished with two hits apiece for the Green and White in support of junior Ali Reilly (New Canaan, Conn.), who allowed one run on just five hits and struck out five to record her eighth complete game of the season. First-year Annie Mitchell (Rehoboth, Mass.) and sophomore Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) both drove in a pair of runs, while classmate Annie Quine (Santa Monica, Calif.), who had a double, and junior Samantha Smith (Hillsborough, N.J.) both added an RBI in the win.

The Beavers took advantage of a walk and an error to take a 2-0 lead in the top of the second thanks to back-to-back RBI singles by Mitchell and Mares. Coast Guard got a run back in the bottom of the frame, but Babson responded by scoring three times in the fourth.

Smith reached on an error and came around to score on Mitchell's base hit to center. Mares plated Mitchell with a double down the left field line and then capped the inning by racing home on Quine's RBI single to make it 5-1. The Beavers tacked on an insurance run in the seventh and Reilly (6-4) punched out junior Emma Hvozdovich (Palm Harbor, Fla.) with the bases loaded in the bottom of the frame to seal the victory.

First-year Julia Ferris (Falls Church, Va.) took the loss for the Bears to drop to 6-7 after giving up five runs on eight hits in 5.0 innings.

First-year Victoria Casey (Emerson, N.J.) went 3-for-3 with two RBI, while Quine and sophomore Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) both added a pair of hits for the Beavers. Senior Leslie Moore (Atkinson, N.H.) homered and Smith scored twice in the win.

After trading runs over the first two frames, the Green and White busted the game open by scoring five times with two outs as part of a six-run third inning. Moore led off with a homer to center, Mitchell drove in Tango with an RBI single, and Casey followed with a two-run knock to center to make it 5-1. First-year Kayla Schinik (Watchung, N.J.) doubled down the left field line to score Casey and Quine capped the rally with an opposite-field single for a six-run lead.

Coast Guard scored three times in the sixth, including a pair of unearned runs on a two-out throwing error, but first-year Babson hurler Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) was in control for much of the day. She scattered seven hits and struck out three to move to 8-4 on the year with her ninth complete game.  

First-year Courtney McKenna (Sparta, N.J.) went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while junior Casey Cruzpino (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) drove in a pair of runs for the Bears. First-year Kylie Vaverek (Plantation, Fla.) dropped to 3-2 on the year after getting tagged for six runs on eight hits over 2.2 innings.

Both teams return to action on Tuesday with doubleheaders beginning at 3 p.m. as Babson hosts Tufts, while Coast Guard takes on Trinity.

•    The Beavers, who swept Coast Guard for the first time since 2013, are now 20-35 all-time against the Bears.
•    Prior to Saturday, Babson had not traveled to Coast Guard since 2012.
•    The Beavers have finished with at least 10 hits in five straight contests going back to game two of Monday's doubleheader at MIT.