Beavers Edge Profs 7-4 and 3-2 to Advance to NCAA Tournament Super Regionals
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Annie Quine (Santa Monica, Calif.) hit a go-ahead grand slam in a game six win and senior Leslie Moore (Atkinson, N.H.) gave Babson College the lead with a two-run homer in a winner-take-all game seven as the Beavers defeated Rowan University twice to claim the Babson Park Regional crown on Monday at Alumni Field. Babson staved off elimination with a 7-4 win and then edged the Profs 3-2 to advance to next weekend's NCAA Tournament Super Regionals.
Babson, which won three straight elimination games to capture its first regional title, is now 32-14 on the year. Rowan, which reached the 2016 College World Series, sees its year come to a close at 33-11.
GAME 6: Babson 7, Rowan 4
Quine was 2-for-4, scored twice and drove in four runs, while first-year Kayla Schinik (Watchung, N.J.) had two hits and scored once to go along with an RBI for the Beavers. Junior Ali Reilly (15-7), who was selected as the regional's most outstanding play, won her sixth consecutive decision after allowing just one unearned run on three hits in four innings of relief.
Sophomore Gianna Genello (West Caldwell, N.J.) reached base three times, swiped a pair of bags and scored twice, while sophomore Carly Anderson (Nutley, N.J.), junior Nicole Paotti (Oakland, N.J.) and sophomore Cassandra Gerard (Wayne, N.J.) all finished with two hits for the Profs.
Following a pair of scoreless frames, Rowan jumped on top with a three-run third inning. Genello singled and scored on a base hit by Anderson, while Gerard and first-year Jesse DeDomenico (East Windsor, N.J.) followed with RBI knocks to make it 3-0. The Green and White responded in the top of the fourth though, as Quine singled and scored on a base hit by sophomore Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) before junior Samantha Smith (Hillsborough, N.J.) drove in Moore with a sacrifice fly to cut its deficit to 3-2.
First-year Lauren Shannon (Sewell, N.J.), who came on in relief of DeDomenico to start the fifth, retired seven of the first eight batters she faced before first-year pinch hitter Victoria Casey (Emerson, N.J.) started the Beavers' seventh inning rally with a single to left. Classmate Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) reached on an error and sophomore Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) worked a 10-pitch walk to load the bases with one out. Schinik tied the game with a bloop single to right and Quine followed with a mammoth grand slam to left to give Babson a 7-3 advantage.
First-year Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) started and allowed three runs on six hits in three innings for the Green and White. Shannon (16-4) suffered the loss for Rowan after giving up five runs, fourth of them earned, while striking out three in three innings of work. DeDomenico fanned four and gave up two runs on five hits over the first four frames.
GAME 7: Babson 3, Rowan 2
Moore went 2-for-3, homered and drove in all three runs as the Beavers rallied from an early two-run deficit to capture their first regional title. Reilly allowed two runs on five hits over 5.0 innings to improve to 16-7 with the win, while Stock came on to record the final six outs for her second career save.
Junior Morgan Smith (Millsboro, Del.) was 2-for-2 with a solo home run for the Profs. Anderson and Genello each added two hits apiece, while DeDomenico (12-5) suffered her first loss of the tournament despite allowing just one earned run on four hits over six innings.
Both teams left three on base over the first two frames before Rowan took the lead in the third. Genello, who singled to start the inning, scored on a sacrifice fly by Paiotti, and Smith drilled her sixth homer of the year to right for a 2-0 advantage.
Babson cut its deficit in half in the last of the third as Mares drew a lead-off walk, moved to third on a single by Quine and then scored on a base hit by Moore. The Beavers went down in order in the fourth, but took the lead for good in the fifth when Quine reached on an error and Moore ripped a two-run shot over the wall in left to make it 3-2.
Rowan put its first two batters on to start the sixth, but Stock came on in relief and used a ground out and a pair of line drives to get out of the jam. She allowed a pair of two out hits in the seventh, but got Paiotti looking to strikeout the side and preserve the win.
Babson will now begin a best-of-three series at 19th-ranked Williams on Friday at 4 p.m. Game two of the super regional is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday with game three, if necessary to follow at 3:30 p.m. The winner of next weekend's series advances to the College World Series in Oklahoma City.
• The Beavers are now 3-2 all-time against Rowan with all five meetings coming in the NCAA Tournament.
• Babson has won six consecutive conference and NCAA Tournament elimination games, and has trailed in four of the contests by at least two runs.
• The Beavers are 31-3 this season when scoring at least three runs.
• Reilly, who has won seven consecutive decisions, went 4-0 with a 0.56 ERA and 15 strikeouts while allowing just 13 hits in 25.0 innings in four appearances during the regional.
• Mares and Quine joined Reilly on the Babson Park Regional All-Tournament team.