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Bats Come Alive as No. 20 Softball Sweeps Clark

Bats Come Alive as No. 20 Softball Sweeps Clark

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Ali Reilly (New Canaan, Conn.) recorded a season-high 10 strikeouts in the opener and 20th-ranked Babson College finished with 16 hits in game two on its way to sweep a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball doubleheader against Clark University on Tuesday afternoon. The Beavers took game one 3-1 and then cruised to an 18-6 five-inning victory in the nightcap.

With the wins, Babson improves to 14-7 overall and 5-3 in league play, while Clark drops to 5-13 overall and 1-7 in the NEWMAC.

GAME ONE: Babson 3, Clark 1
Eight different players had a hit and junior Alex Corrigan (Middletown, N.J.) and sophomore Victoria Casey (Emerson, N.J.) both doubled in the opener for the Beavers. Reilly gave up just one unearned run on three hits in a complete-game effort to improve to 8-2 with the win.

Sophomore Christina Kopacz (North Grosvenordale, Conn.) went 2-for-3 with a run scored for the Cougars. Senior Sami West (Gonic, N.H.) took the loss after giving up two runs on seven hits while striking out one and walking one in 4.1 innings.

Clark took a 1-0 lead with two outs in the second when Reilly misplayed junior Kendra Walker's (Cumberland, R.I.) bunt allowing Kopacz to score from second. The Green and White tied it in the bottom of the frame though, as Roche singled home senior Nicole Civello (Huntington Station, N.Y.), who came on as a pinch runner after Corrigan doubled to lead off the frame.

After leaving a pair of runners in scoring position in the third, the Beavers went ahead for good in the fifth as Casey led off with a double and moved to third on a passed ball before scoring on junior Ashley Tango's (Reading, Mass.) single to center to make it 2-1. Reilly struck out first-year Emily Vincent (North Grosvenordale, Conn.) with runners on second and third in the top of the sixth and Babson extended its lead to 3-1 when junior Annie Quine (Santa Monica, Calif.) singled and later scored on an error in the bottom of the inning.

GAME TWO: Babson 18, Clark 6 (5 innings)
Quine went 3-for-3 with a home run and four runs batted in, Tango doubled twice and drove in two runs, and first-year Jamie Hoffman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBI to lead the Beavers' 16-hit onslaught. Civello added a two-run double and sophomore Kayla Schinik (Watchung, N.J.) contributed a bases loaded triple in the win.

Kopacz and senior Leah Bodin (Andover, Vt.) both drove in a pair of runs, while first-year Jessica Urella (North Grafton, Mass.) went 2-for-3 with a double, and RBI and two runs scored for the Cougars.

Clark jumped on top 1-0 in the top of the first, but Quine hammered a two-run homer to left and Hoffman followed with a two-run double to give the Green and White a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the frame. The Cougars scored three times with two outs in the second, including a two-run triple to center by Bodin to cut their deficit to 5-4 only to see Babson responded with six runs in its half of the inning.

Quine came through with an RBI single, Schinik cleared the bases with a triple to right and sophomore Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) drove in her second run of the game with a sacrifice fly to make it 11-4. The Beavers put the game away with seven more runs in the fourth inning, which included two-run doubles by both Civello and Tango as well as an RBI single by junior Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas.).

Sophomore Katie Gademsky (Hillsborough, N.J.) tossed a complete game allowing five runs on eight hits to pick up her first collegiate win. She also recorded the first hit of her career with a two-out single to right in the second inning.

First-year Isabella DiOrio (Lincoln, R.I.) retired just one batter in the first inning and dropped to 0-1 on the year with the loss.

Babson returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Framingham State for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. Clark will host WPI in a twin bill on Thursday starting at 3 p.m.

DOUBLEHEADER NOTES
• The Beavers are 33-19 all-time against Clark and have won 15 straight in the series going back to 2012.
• Reilly, who no-hit the Cougars last season, improved to 5-0 with 0.62 ERA and 51 strikeouts over 34.0 innings in five career appearances against Clark.
• Babson recorded season highs in runs (18), doubles (6) and extra-base hits (8) in its game two victory.

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