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No. 19 Softball Sweeps UMass Boston as Reilly Ties Program's All-Time Wins Mark

No. 19 Softball Sweeps UMass Boston as Reilly Ties Program's All-Time Wins Mark

BOSTON, Mass.—Senior Ali Reilly (New Canaan, Conn.) tied the program's all-time wins mark and sophomore Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) tossed her first shutout of the season as 19th-ranked Babson College swept UMass Boston in non-conference softball action on Wednesday afternoon. The Beavers won the opener 5-1 before taking game two 8-0 in five innings.

Babson, which has won seven of its last eight games, improves to 9-4 on the year, while the Beacons drop to 2-10 overall.

GAME ONE: Babson 5, UMass Boston 1
First-year Jamie Hoffman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) went 3-for-3 and junior Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) walked three times and scored twice to lead a Babson offense that saw six players record at least one hit. Reilly (6-0), who has now won 14 straight decisions, scattered eight hits and finished with a season-high nine strikeouts in a complete-game effort to tie Meghan Gaskell '06 as the program's all-time leader with 50 career wins. 

Junior Roxanne Vento (Roxbury, Mass.) was 2-for-2 with a double, two walks and an RBI, while sophomore Gigi Braga (Medford, Mass.) added a pair of hits for the Beacons. First-year Drew Washington (Bordentown, N.J.) allowed five earned runs on six hits and three walks in four innings to fall to 0-3 on the year with the loss.

After going hitless over the first two innings, the Beavers broke through for three runs in the third. Hoffman led off with a single to right and later scored on a double to the left-centerfield gap by Reilly to tie the game at 1-1. Mares walked with one out and senior Samantha Smith (Hillsborough, N.J.) stroked a two-out, two-run double to center to extend the margin to 3-1.

Reilly escaped a bases-loaded jam when junior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) caught a line drive at third base in the top of the fourth, and Roche drilled her third home run of the season to centerfield in the bottom of the frame to make it 4-1. The Green and White tacked on another run in the fifth as Mares led off with a walk and came around to score on a two-out pinch-hit single by senior Erica Pavlo (Coconut Creek, Fla.).

GAME TWO: Babson 8, UMass Boston 0 (5 innings)
Stock (3-3) struck out five and allowed just two hits, and the Beavers scored six times with two outs in the third inning finish off their sweep of the Beacons. Junior Annie Quine (Santa Monica, Calif.) went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI, while Tango and junior Alex Corrigan (Middletown, N.J.) both doubled for the Green and White.

Sophomore Jess Greenspan (Rocky Hill, Conn.) suffered the loss after giving up eight runs, two of them earned, on seven hits over four innings to fall to 1-5 on the year. UMass Boston matched its season-high with five errors in the loss.

Babson took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Smith reached with a one-out single to center and stole second before scoring on Quine's double to left. The Beavers added to their lead with a six-run third inning rally that included four errors with two outs by the Beacons.

Stock scored on an RBI single by Quine, Mares raced home on an error, and Tango smoked a double that went off Vento's glove at third and down the left field line to bring in two more runs to make it 5-0. Tango scored on a fielding error and Roche, who advanced all the way to third on the play, came home one batter later to extend the margin to 7-0.

The lead was more than enough for Stock, who retired the first 10 batters she faced and gave up just a pair of singles in the fourth on the way to recording her seventh career shutout.

Babson returns to action when it travels to MIT for a doubleheader on Friday starting at 1 p.m., while UMass Boston hosts Castleton on Thursday at 3 p.m.

DOUBLEHEADER NOTES
• The Beavers are 15-8 all-time against UMass Boston.
• Quine extended her hitting streak to nine with knocks in both games, while Stock has now has a hit in each of her last four starts.
• Babson is 5-1 this season when allowing three runs or less.

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