Offense Carries Softball to Sweep of Emerson

Offense Carries Softball to Sweep of Emerson

BOSTON—Babson College scored 23 runs and pounded out 26 hits en route to a sweep of Emerson College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball doubleheader on Friday afternoon at Rotch Field. The Beavers won game one 10-0 in six innings and then held on for a 13-9 victory in game two.

Babson, which has won three straight and six of its last seven games, is now 18-9 overall and 8-4 in conference play, while Emerson slips to 5-22 overall and 1-11 in the NEWMAC.

GAME 1
First-year Annie Mitchell (Rehoboth, Mass.) went 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBI and senior Leslie Moore (Atkinson, N.H.) added two hits, including a double, and drove in two runs to lead Babson's 12-hit attack. Sophomore Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) had a triple and an RBI, first-year Victoria Casey (Emerson, N.J.) was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, and junior Samantha Smith (Hillsborough, N.J.) drove in two runs in the win.

Junior Ali Reilly (New Canaan, Conn.) was dominant in the circle, recording a season-high 10 strikeouts and allowing just two hits to collect her third shutout of the season. She gave up a first-inning double and then retired the next 15 batters she faced before allowing a single with one out in the sixth to move to 8-4 on the year.

The Beavers took the lead on Mares two-out double in the second and extended the margin to 2-0 on an RBI single by sophomore Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) in the third. Tango scored on a base hit by senior Meaghan Merullo (Winchester, Mass.) two batters later, and Moore smacked a two-run double in the fourth to push the Babson lead to 5-0.

The Green and White went down in order in the fifth, but a two-run single by Smith and Mitchell's bases-clearing triple made it 10-0 with one out in the sixth.

First-year Keely Marquez (La Verne, Calif.), who dropped to 3-9 with the loss, and Erin Nolan (Hunterdon, N.J.) both allowed five runs for Emerson.

GAME 2
Casey went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple, three RBI and three runs scored, and Mares was 3-for-4 with two triples and four runs scored to lead the Beavers' 13-run uprising. Smith had a pair of hits, which included a triple, and drove in three runs, Moore finished 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, and first-year Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) chipped in with a pair of hits in the win.

Senior Shelby Carney (North Reading, Mass.) doubled and drove in three runs, while sophomore Kallista Leonardos (El Granada, Calif.) homered and scored twice for the Lions.

Babson started fast as it took advantage of four hits and two walks to build a 5-0 lead in the top of the first. Smith produced a bases-loaded triple in the second and Casey drove in Roche with an RBI double in the third to give the Beavers a 10-0 lead.

Emerson cut its deficit in half in the fourth though, as Leonardos homered and Carney produced a two-out, two-run double to make it 10-5. The Lions then scored four times with two outs in the fifth to pull within a run on first-year Marisa DeFranco's (Falls Church, Va.) two-run single.

The Green and White responded with a pair of insurance runs in the sixth as Mares led off with a triple and then came home on Casey's triple one batter later. Casey later scored on a wild pitch to make it 12-9, and then plated Mares with a two-out double in the seventh for the final margin.

First-year Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) picked up her 10th win of the year despite allowing six earned runs over 4.1 innings before Reilly got the final eight outs to record her second save of the season.

Both teams will host doubleheaders on Saturday beginning at 12 p.m. as Babson hosts Springfield, while Emerson faces Smith.

DOUBLEHEADER NOTES
•    The Beavers are 7-2 all-time against the Lions and have won six consecutive games in the series since 2015.
•    Babson is now 8-1 on the road dating back to April 3.
•    The Beavers have finished with at least 10 hits in eight of their last 10 games.
•    Despite allowing two runs in 2.2 innings of relief in game two, Reilly is now 4-0 with one save and a 0.54 ERA in 25.2 career innings against Emerson.

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