BABSON PARK, Mass.—Rowan University scored four two-out runs over the first two innings and held off Babson College, 4-3, in a winner's bracket game at the Babson Park Regional on Saturday morning.
Rowan, which has opened the NCAA Tournament with back-to-back victories, is now 33-9 on the year, while Babson slips to 29-14 overall.
Sophomore Gianna Genello (West Caldwell, N.J.) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and junior Carly Anderson (Nutley, N.J.) doubled and drove in a pair of runs for the Profs. First-year Jesse DeDomenico (East Windsor, N.J.) picked up her second win of the regional to improve to 12-4 overall, while classmate Lauren Shannon (Sewell, N.J.) recorded the final nine outs to earn her second save.
Junior Samantha Smith (Hillsborough, N.J.) was 2-for-3 with a run scored for the Beavers. First-year Annie Mitchell (Rehoboth, Mass.) hit a solo home run in the loss.
Rowan jumped on top in the first when Genello drew a lead-off walk and stole second with two outs before coming in to score on a base hit by junior Morgan Smith (Millsboro, Del.). Babson first-year pitcher Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) seemed primed to escape a lead-off walk in the second by recording two quick outs, but the Profs produced three straight hits to push across three two-out runs.
Genello legged out an infield single and Anderson ripped a two-run double to the base of the wall in left center to make it 3-0. Junior Nicole Paiotti (Oakland, N.J.), who hit the go-ahead home run in Friday's win over Framingham State, followed with a first-pitch single up the middle to plate Anderson for a 4-0 advantage.
The Green and White cut its deficit in half in the fifth after loading the bases with back-to-back singles by Smith and first-year Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) and a walk to Mares. Senior Meaghan Merullo (Winchester, Mass.) plated Smith with an RBI ground out and sophomore Annie Quine (Santa Monica, Calif.) followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Paul to make it 4-2.
Mitchell made a diving catch at shortstop to help Stock work out of a jam in the top of the sixth and then smacked her first career home run with two outs in the bottom of the frame to pull the Beavers within 4-3. It's as close as Babson would get though as Shannon retired the side in order in the seventh.
Stock (16-7) allowed four runs on six hits while striking out two and walking five for the Beavers. Shannon, who came on for Rowan with the bases loaded in the fifth, gave up just one hit and fanned four.
Babson will face the winner of Framingham State and Lesley at 2 p.m., while Rowan advances to the regional final on Sunday at 12 p.m.
• The Beavers are 1-2 all-time against Rowan will three games coming in NCAA Tournament play.
• Babson is now 5-2 this season in one-run games.
• Saturday's loss was just the third in 29 games this season for the Beavers when scoring at least three runs.