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Softball Splits Doubleheader with Tufts

Softball Splits Doubleheader with Tufts

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Babson College and visiting Tufts University split a non-conference softball doubleheader for the second consecutive season on Tuesday afternoon at Alumni Field. The Beavers used a six-run third inning to take game one 9-4, while the Jumbos rallied for an 8-0 five-inning victory in game two.

Babson, which has won six of its last eight games, is now 15-9 overall, while Tufts runs its record to 14-6 on the year.

Senior Meaghan Merullo (Winchester, Mass.) and first-years Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) and Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) all had two hits, and junior Ali Reilly (New Canaan, Conn.) recorded a season-high eight strikeouts in Babson's game-one win. Six players drove in a run, while sophomore Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) and first-year Victoria Casey (Emerson, N.J.) both scored twice for the Green and White.

Junior Samantha Siciliano (Chatsworth, Calif.) and first-year Jamie Stevens (Libertyville, Ill.) both had two hits for Tufts, which got a pair of RBI from junior Sara Willner-Giwerc (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.). First-year Allison Tilton (Jupiter, Fla.) gave up six runs, just one of them earned, in 2.2 innings to drop to 3-5 on the year.

Willner-Giwerc produced a two-run single and senior Maggie Hoffman (Avon, Mass.) came through with a sacrifice fly to give the Jumbos a 3-0 lead in the top of the second. The Beavers responded by sending 12 batters to the plate and scoring six times in the bottom of the third.

Sophomore Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) had an RBI single to center, Tango drew a bases loaded walk and Merullo followed with a two-out, two-run single to right center to give the hosts a 4-3 edge. Paul and first-year Annie Mitchell (Rehoboth, Mass.) then smacked back-to-back RBI singles to extend the margin to 6-3.

Roche added an RBI base hit in the fifth and the Green and White tacked on two more runs in the sixth in support of Reilly, who won her fourth consecutive decision to move to 7-4 on the year. She retired 10 straight batters in the middle innings and allowed just four hits after the second inning.

First-year Kayla Schinik (Watchung, N.J.) went 2-for-2 at plate, while Casey, Mitchell and senior Shannon Kortmann (Manalapan, N.J.) all singled for Babson. First-year Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) struck out four, but allowed six earned runs over 5.0 innings to drop to 8-5 on the year.

Senior Cassie Ruscz (Wolcott, Conn.) and junior Raven Fournier (Springfield, Mass.) both homered and combined to drive in five runs for Tufts. Stevens and senior Shelby Lipson (East Brunswick, N.J.) also contributed two hits apiece in the victory.

Siciliano doubled, Fournier walked and Ruscz crushed a three-run homer over the wall in left to give the Jumbos the lead in the top of the first. Junior Sarah Finnigan (Weymouth, Mass.) and senior Summer Horowitz (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) added RBI singles to make it 5-0, and Fournier drilled a two-run homer with one out in the second to extend the lead to 7-0.

The margin was more than enough for Gillian O'Connor (Montgomery, N.J.), who tossed four shutout innings to improve to 5-0 on the year for Tufts.

Babson returns to action on Wednesday with a single game at UMass Boston beginning at 4 p.m., while Tufts opens a three-game series at Trinity on Friday at 4 p.m.

•    The Beavers are now 12-24 all-time against Tufts, although three of the wins have come since 2013.
•    Tuesday's game-two loss snapped Babson's seven-game home winning streak going back to last season.
•    Reilly's game-one win was the 34th of her career, which ties for with Kathleen Conway '14 for fifth in program history.
•    The Beavers are 14-2 this season when scoring three or more runs.