BABSON PARK, Mass.—First-year Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) hit a go-ahead grand slam and sophomore Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) added a two-run triple as the Babson College softball team rallied for six runs in the sixth inning on its way to defeating Springfield College, 8-3, in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament championship game on May 6.
First-year Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), who was selected as the Tournament Most Outstanding Player, struck out six and did not allow a run after the first inning in her fourth complete game of the tournament. Classmate Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) doubled twice and drove in a run for the Beavers, who won three straight elimination games to capture their first NEWMAC title since 2006.
Forced into the losers bracket after a 2-0 loss to the Pride on April 29, Babson used extra-inning wins over WPI and Springfield on May 4 to reach the championship game for the first time since 2013. Stock blanked the Engineers for the second time in three starts in a 1-0 eight-inning triumph, and junior Ali Reilly (New Canann, Conn.) threw 10 shutout frames as the Beavers rallied from a 3-1 first-inning deficit to defeat the Pride 5-3 in 11 innings to force a winner-take-all final two days later.
Stock (3-1) and Reilly (2-0) combined for 50 strikeouts and a 1.22 ERA in 46.0 innings pitched over six conference tournament games, while Paul, who batted .350 with seven RBI, drove in the game-winning run in three of Babson's five victories.