Beavers Win Battle of Regionally-Ranked Foes to Advance to NEWMAC Finals for First Time Since 2013
WORCESTER, Mass.—First-year Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) tossed a complete-game shutout and classmate Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) drove in the only run of the game in the top of the eighth inning to lift fourth-seeded Babson College to a 1-0 victory over top-seeded WPI in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament elimination game on Thursday at Rooftop Field.
With the win, Babson (26-13) advances to the conference tournament final for the first time since 2013. WPI, which falls to 29-13, was defeated twice by the Beavers in the tournament.
Stock (15-6) continued her dominance of the Engineers by scattering seven hits and striking out eight. She has now defeated WPI three times in less than two weeks, which includes a pair of NEWMAC playoff wins.
Sophomore Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) went 3-for-3 with a double and junior Samantha Smith (Hillsborough, N.J.) singled to start the eighth and later came around to score the game's only run.
First-year Cassie Graca (Somerset, Mass.) and senior Kristin Gallagher (Coventry, R.I.) both had two hits for the Engineers, who stranded eight runners in scoring position on the day. Classmate Caroline Medino (Pompton Lakes, N.J.), who had allowed nine earned runs in 10.1 innings this season, was the hard-luck loser after striking out five and giving up just the one run in 7.1 frames.
Babson will now take on second-seeded Springfield on Thursday night and must defeat the Pride twice to earn the NEWMAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
• The Beavers are now 3-1 against WPI this season and 31-33 all-time against WPI.
• Babson is 6-4 in NEWMAC Tournament elimination games going back to 2013.
• Stock is now 2-1 with a 0.67 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 21.0 innings during the 2017 NEWMAC Tournament.