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Doubleheader Preview: No. 19 Softball at MIT

Doubleheader Preview: No. 19 Softball at MIT

No. 19 Softball at MIT
Friday, March 30—1/3 p.m.
Briggs Field—Cambridge, Mass.

Babson and MIT will meet for the 58th and 59th times on Friday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1988. The Beavers are 39-18 all-time against the Engineers and won all three games between the teams last season.

Senior Ali Reilly tossed a complete-game two-hitter and junior Josephine Mares doubled and scored the only run of the game as Babson defeated MIT, 1-0, in the first round of the NEWMAC Tournament on April 28, 2017, in Worcester, Mass. Reilly struck out six to outduel Engineers' junior Ravenne Nasser, who fanned two and gave up six hits in a complete-game effort.

Nasser and Alexandra Marshall combined on a five-hit shutout as MIT blanked the Beavers, 2-0, to complete a doubleheader sweep on April 1, 2016, in Babson Park. Junior Erika Anderson drove in a run and later scored to break a scoreless deadlock in the top of the seventh for the Engineers. Reilly tossed a complete game in defeat for the Green and White.

MIT (8-3-1, 2-0 NEWMAC) has won four of its last six games despite suffering a 3-0 loss and finishing in a 6-6 tie at 16th-ranked Rowan on Wednesday. Sophomore Sierra Rosenzweig was 2-for-3 with a three-run homer in game two for the Engineers, who were limited to one hit in the opener against the Profs. Sophomore Sarah Von Ahn is batting .512 with seven extra-base hits and 15 runs batted in, classmate Devon Goetz is hitting .471 with six doubles and five RBI, and senior Jasmin Joseph enters the day with a .400 average to go along with a pair of extra-base hits and 11 runs scored. Nasser is 4-2 with a 2.63 ERA in 40.0 innings, while first-year Colleen Campbell has gone 3-0 with a 2.97 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 30.2 innings.

Babson (9-4, 0-0 NEWMAC) has won seven of its last eight games after finishing off a sweep of UMass Boston with an 8-0 victory in five innings on Wednesday. Sophomore Brooke Stock struck out five in a complete-game two hitter and juniors Annie Quine and Ashley Tango combined to drive in five runs for the Beavers. Quine is hitting .419 with six extra-base hits and 12 runs batted in, sophomore Jacqueline Paul checks in at .395 with 17 RBI and Mares is batting .375 with a double, a triple and 14 runs scored. Reilly (6-0) boasts a 2.14 ERA and four complete games in five starts, while Stock (3-3) has a 2.24 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 34.1 innings and is holding opposing hitters to a .190 batting average.

The program's all-time leader in innings pitched and appearances, Reilly needs just one victory to pass Meghan Gaskell '06 as Babson's all-time leader. She has won each of her last 14 decisions dating back to April 23 of last year and is 50-26 overall in her career.

Quine and Tango have batted .393 in five games against MIT over the last two seasons. Additionally, Mares went 5-for-10 with a double, a triple and two runs batted in over three contests last year.

First-year Jamie Hoffman produced the first three-hit game of her career in the opener at UMass Boston on Wednesday, while sophomore Tori Roche homered for the second time in three games against the Beacons.

Going back to the start of last season, the Beavers are 37-3 when scoring at least three runs.