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Softball Trades Shutouts With No. 19 Springfield in Doubleheader Split

Softball Trades Shutouts With No. 19 Springfield in Doubleheader Split

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Babson College and 19th-ranked Springfield College traded shutouts on its way to splitting a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field. After dropping game one 5-0, the Beavers defeated the Pride, 4-0, in game two.

Babson improves 19-10 overall and 9-5 in conference, while Springfield is now 24-6 overall and 10-4 in the NEWMAC.

Senior Leslie Moore (Atkinson, N.H.) and sophomore Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) both doubled, but the Green and White was limited to just three hits by Springfield junior Talia Loda (East Haven, Conn.). Junior Ali Reilly (New Canaan, Conn.) who had won five straight decisions, took the loss for Babson to drop to 8-5 after giving up five runs on 13 hits in a complete-game effort.

The Pride took the lead in the top of the second, loading the bases with three straight singles before Loda plated first-year Meghan Sastram (Oxford, Conn.) with an RBI ground out. Junior Kayla Padroff (Southington, Conn.) raced home on a squeeze bunt by junior Carianna Gasdia (Wakefield, Mass.) one batter later to make it 2-0. The Beavers stranded runners on second and third in the fourth and loaded the bases in both the fifth and sixth innings, but Loda retired the side in each frame to keep the hosts off the board.

Springfield extended its advantage to 3-0 on junior Kristen Drobiak's (Griswold, Conn.) RBI double in the sixth and tacked on two more insurance runs in the seventh thanks to an RBI double by first-year Alexyss Conley (Bloomingburg, N.Y.) and a sacrifice fly from Padroff.

Loda (13-1) walked four and struck out two to record her fifth shutout of the spring.

First-year Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) struck out six and allowed just four hits and no walks to help Babson earn a split with a 4-0 game-two victory. Junior Samantha Smith (Hillsborough, N.J.) went 2-for-3 with a double, while Tango and first-year Kayla Schinik (Watchung, N.J.) both drove in a run.

Smith doubled to lead off the second and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by junior Nicole Civello (Huntington Station, N.Y.) before scoring on Schinik's RBI ground out to give the Beavers a 1-0 lead. Tango came through with a two-out single in the third that ended up plating a pair of runs following a throwing error to extend the lead to three.

The Green and White tacked on another run in the fourth as first-year Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) reached with a two-out single and would come around to score when the Pride made another error following a base hit by sophomore Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas). The lead was more than enough for Stock (11-5), who gave up just two hits and faced only 18 batters through six innings.

Sophomore Shelby Allen (Oakland, N.J.) gave up four runs, two of them earned, on six hits over 4.0 innings to drop to 7-4 with the loss for Springfield.

Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Brandeis in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m., while Springfield takes on Westfield State in a doubleheader on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

•    The Beavers are 19-34 all-time against the Pride after splitting their regular season doubleheader for the fifth year in a row.
•     Babson needs one win or one loss by Smith to clinch a spot in the six-team NEWMAC Tournament, which begins on April 28.
•    Despite having her nine-game hitting streak snapped in game one, Mares has reached base in 11 straight contests.
•    With four runs in game two, the Beavers improve to 18-2 this season when scoring at least three times.