Reilly Loses No-Hit Bid with Two Outs in the Ninth as Beavers Edge Rams in Extra Innings
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Ali Reilly (New Canaan, Conn.) lost her no-hit bid with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, but recorded her second shutout in as many NCAA Tournament starts to help Babson College defeat Framingham State University, 1-0, in an elimination game at the Babson Park Regional on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.
With the win, Babson is now 30-15 this season, while Framingham State sees its year come to a close at 31-13.
Reilly struck out five and walked one while allowing just an infield single to Rams' junior Dayna Marchant (East Bridgewater, Mass.). First-year Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) doubled and drove in the only run of the game for the Beavers in the top of the ninth.
Both Reilly and her counterpart, junior Jessica Pietersen (Norton, Mass.) of Framingham State, were in control for much of the afternoon. Babson sophomore Annie Quine (Santa Monica, Calif.) was stranded at third following a lead-off single in the second and classmate Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) doubled with one out in the eighth before being left at third.
Reilly retired the first 20 batters she faced prior to walking Rams' junior Megan Downing (Hanson, Mass.) with two outs in the seventh. She got a ground out to end the frame and then breezed through the eighth before the Green and White finally scratched out a run in the ninth.
Sophomore Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) reached on a fielder's choice and moved to second a wild pitch before Roche smacked a double to the gap in right center for a 1-0 edge. Reilly got two quick outs in the ninth and then caught a soft comebacker following Marchant's infield hit.
Pietersen (11-6), who allowed just seven hits over 9.0 innings, recorded her 10th complete game of the year in a losing effort.
Babson is now set to face Rowan in Sunday's regional final at 12 p.m. The Beavers must defeat the Profs twice to move on to next weekend's super regionals.
• The Beavers are now 11-5 all-time against Framingham State although the teams had not played since 2013 prior to Saturday.
• Including the NEWMAC Tournament, Reilly is 4-0 with a 0.62 ERA and has allowed just 17 hits while striking out 29 in 34.0 innings.
• Babson is now 6-2 in one-run games this season, which includes three 1-0 wins in nine postseason contests.
• The Beavers have also won four straight elimination games this spring.