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Doubleheader Preview: Softball vs. Clark

Doubleheader Preview: Softball vs. Clark

Softball vs. Clark
Sunday, April 23—12/2 p.m.
Alumni Field—Babson Park, Mass.


Babson and Clark will meet for the 49th and 50th times on Sunday in a series that dates back to 1996. The Beavers are 29-19 all-time against the Cougars and have won 11 straight in the series going back to 2012.

Junior Ali Reilly struck out nine over six innings and sophomore Annie Quine went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored as Babson defeated Clark, 6-3, to sweep a doubleheader on April 22, 2016, in Worcester. Rachel Bullard '16 also had three hits and was one of six players to drive in a run for the Beavers.

The Beavers rallied for a pair of runs in the seventh inning but it wasn't enough as the Cougars held off the Green and White, 4-3, to sweep both games of a doubleheader on April 3, 2011, in Babson Park. Shawna Amatucci doubled and hit a two-run homer for Clark, while Jackie Enos '13 finished with three hits and scored a pair of runs for Babson.

Clark (9-19, 2-14 NEWMAC) enters the final weekend of the regular season following a sweep of Becker on Tuesday. First-year Sarah Woods went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI for the Cougars who rallied for seven runs in the fifth inning for a 9-8 win in game two after scoring a pair of runs in the ninth inning to edge the Hawks 3-2 in the opener. Senior Lauren Mackey is batting .425 with nine extra-base hits, 14 RBI and 16 runs scored, sophomore Jocie Orangio is hitting .265 with nine runs scored and first-year Christina Kopacz is second on the team with five extra-base hits and 13 runs scored despite her .231 average. Junior Sami West is 3-6 with a 2.03 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 62.0 innings for a Clark pitching staff that ranks fifth in the league with a 3.33 ERA.
Babson (21-12, 10-6 NEWMAC), which is sixth in the initial NCAA regional rankings, enters the final weekend of conference play following a doubleheader split against Brandeis on Tuesday. Sophomore Ashley Tango was 3-for-4 with two RBI and senior Shannon Kortmann drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth to give the Beavers a 6-5 game-two win after dropping the opener to the Judges 3-1. Quine, who has missed the last eight games, is batting .352 with seven extra-base hits and 13 RBI, first-year Victoria Casey is hitting .350 with seven extra-base hits, 12 runs scored and 14 RBI, and sophomore Josephine Mares has raised her average to .342 to go along with six doubles, three triples and 15 runs scored. Reilly is 9-6 with a 2.79 ERA and three shutouts in 105.1 innings, while first-year Brooke Stock has gone 11-5 with a 3.05 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 105.2 innings of work this spring.

The Beavers enter the final day of the regular season in sixth place, with four teams tied for second place just a game ahead of them. Depending on Sunday's results, the Green and White can finish anywhere from second to sixth.

Kortmann and fellow seniors Meaghan Merullo, Leslie Moore and Catherine Pitts will play their final regular season doubleheader at Alumni Field on Sunday. The quartet has helped the Beavers win 89 games over the last four years, in addition to earning four consecutive conference tournament berths.

In three career appearances against Clark, Reilly is 3-0 with a 1.05 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 20.0 innings. She also has issued just four walks while working at least six innings in every outing.

Mares has reached base in 15 straight contests, while Smith, who leads the Green and White in RBI (21) and walks (11), has been on base in eight of the last nine outings.

The Beavers are 20-2 this season when scoring at least three runs.