WORCESTER, Mass.—First-year Kayla Schinik (Watchung, N.J.) had two hits and classmate Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) allowed just one earned run, but fourth-seeded Babson College suffered a 2-0 loss to second-seeded Springfield College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament contest on Saturday at Rooftop Field.
Babson, which is eighth in the most recent NCAA regional rankings, is 25-13 on the year, while Springfield, the region's top-ranked team, improves to 32-7 overall and is just one victory away from claiming the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Beavers must win three games next weekend to claim the program's first NEWMAC title.
First-years Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) and Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) also had one hit apiece for the Green and White. Stock struck out six but dropped to 14-6 on the year despite allowing just four hits.
Junior Talia Loda (East Haven, Conn.) tossed her fifth shutout of the year to move to 19-2 for Springfield. She struck out three and walked one while also working around three errors.
The Pride stranded a pair of runners in the second before breaking through for a pair of runs in the third. Junior Carianna Gasdia (Wakefield, Mass.) drove in classmate Rachel Ball (Coventry, R.I.), who reached on an error with a double to left, and fellow junior Kirsten Drobiak (Griswold, Conn.) came through with an RBI single one batter later.
The Beavers loaded the bases with one out in the fourth and put their first two hitters on in the sixth, but were unable take advantage. Roche and Paul also singled in the seventh, but Roche was cut down at third for the final out of the game.
Babson returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Endicott for a single game at 4 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 7-9 against Springfield in NEWMAC Tournament play.
• Babson, which defeated MIT 1-0 in Friday's opening game, is just 2-11 when scoring two runs or less this season.
• In two NEWMAC Tournament starts, Stock has allowed just two earned runs on eight hits while striking out 20 in 13.0 innings.