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Doubleheader Preview: Softball vs. Clark

Doubleheader Preview: Softball vs. Clark

No. 20 Softball vs. Clark
Tuesday, April 10—3/5 p.m.
Alumni Field—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Clark will meet for the 51st and 52nd times on Tuesday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1996. The Beavers are 31-19 all-time against the Cougars and won 13 straight in the series dating back to 2012.

Senior Ali Reilly tossed her first career no-hitter in game one and sophomore Brooke Stock struck out 13 and allowed just one hit as the Beavers completed the sweep with a 7-0 victory over Clark on April 23, 2017, in Babson Park. Junior Josephine Mares was 3-for-3 with an RBI and run scored, while sophomore Jacqueline Paul tripled and drove in a pair of runs for the Green and White in the nightcap.

The Beavers rallied for a pair of runs in the seventh inning but it wasn't enough as the Cougars held off the Green and White, 4-3, to sweep both games of a doubleheader on April 3, 2011, in Babson Park. Shawna Amatucci doubled and hit a two-run homer for Clark, while Jackie Enos '13 finished with three hits and scored a pair of runs for Babson.

Clark (5-11, 1-5 NEWMAC) has lost three in a row after suffering a 9-0 six-inning loss at MIT in the final game of Sunday's doubleheader. Senior Leah Bodin and junior Taylor Erickson both singled for the Cougars, who struck out 12 times in the setback. Bodin is batting .341 with three extra-base hits and four RBI, while first-year Jessica Urella has four doubles and one triple to go along with team highs of eight RBI and 10 walks. Senior Sam West (2-4) boasts a 1.41 ERA and 60 strikeouts over 44.2 innings to lead a Clark pitching staff that ranks fifth in the conference with a 3.17 team ERA.

No. 20 Babson (12-7, 3-3 NEWMAC) is looking to rebound from a sweep at the hands of WPI on Saturday afternoon. Junior Ashley Tango went 2-for-3 with a run scored and Stock struck out eight in game two for the Beavers, who fell 3-2 after dropping the opener 5-1. Tango is batting .362 with four doubles, a home run and nine runs batted in, junior Annie Quine is hitting .333 with six extra-base hits and 13 RBI, and Paul enters the day with a .327 average to go along with one double and a team-high 17 runs driven in. Reilly (7-2) and Stock (5-4) have combined for a 2.29 ERA and 102 strikeouts in addition to holding opposing hitters to a .236 average in 112.2 innings of work this spring.

Reilly has been superb in four career appearances against Clark going 4-0 with a 0.78 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 27.0 innings. She has also held Cougar hitters to just a .186 batting average over the last three years.

The Green and White entered Saturday's doubleheader batting .322 as a team over its first 17 games but was limited to just six hits against the Engineers dropping its season average to .304. The return to cold weather has not helped the Beavers, who are hitting just .237 in eight games since March 28.

Following Tuesday's twin bill against Clark, Babson will hit the road for four straight doubleheaders beginning with a trip to 2017 NCAA Tournament participant Framingham State on Wednesday. The Green and White has won 14 of its last 17 road games going back to April 8 of last season.

The Beavers are 12-1 this season when scoring at least three runs.