FRAMINGHAM, Mass.—Following a nine-run uprising in game one, the Babson College softball team was limited to just six hits in the nightcap and split a non-conference doubleheader at Framingham State University on Wednesday afternoon. The Beavers won the opener 9-1 before dropping game two to the Rams, 3-1.
Babson, which has split its last six games, is 15-8 overall, while Framingham State improved to 12-12 on the year with its third victory in four outings.
GAME ONE: Babson 9, Framingham State 1
Junior Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) and sophomores Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) and Kayla Schinik (Watchung, N.J.) each drove in two runs apiece in the opener. First-year Jamie Hoffman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) had two hits, including a double, and senior Ali Reilly (New Canaan, Conn.) went 2-for-4 at the plate and allowed just one unearned run while striking out seven to improve to 9-2 with the victory in the circle.
Senior Dayna Marchant (East Bridgewater, Mass.) was 2-for-4 with a triple and first-year Grace Caughey (Mendon, Mass.) added a pair of hits for the Rams, who committed a season-high seven errors. Senior Jessica Pietersen (Norton, Mass.) gave up five runs, three of them earned, on four hits over 3.1 innings to slip to 1-1 with the loss.
The Green and White took advantage of two errors to go ahead 1-0 in the first and tacked on three more runs in the second. Hoffman, Schinik and Reilly all doubled and Mares reached on an error allowing another run to score, extending the margin to 4-0.
Paul had an RBI single in the fifth and the sophomore Victoria Casey (Emerson, N.J.) produced a run-scoring single in the seventh as the Beavers took advantage of three errors to score three more runs.
Reilly worked around a leadoff triple by Marchant in the first and kept the Rams off the scoreboard over the first four frames. Framingham State scored its lone run on Anna Dziok's (Southampton, Mass.) RBI groundout in the fifth.
GAME TWO: Framingham State 3, Babson 1
Junior Alex Corrigan (Middletown, N.J.) went 2-for-3 at the plate, senior Samantha Smith (Hillsborough, N.J.) doubled and junior Annie Quine (Santa Monica, Calif.) drove in the lone run of the contest for the Green and White. Sophomore Katie Gademsky (Hillsborough, N.J.) gave up two runs on six hits over 4.0 innings and suffered the loss to drop to 1-2 on the year.
Senior Megan Downing (Hanson, Mass.) was 2-for-3 with two runs batted in and a run scored to lead the Rams' eight-hit attack. Junior Kelsi Gunarathne (Providence, R.I.) scattered six hits over seven innings and improved to 6-4 with the win.
The Green and White gunned Marchant down at the plate for the second out of the first inning, but senior Bridget McGrail (Worcester, Mass.) followed with an RBI single through the left side to give Framingham State a 1-0 lead. Babson tied it up in the third as Schinik led off with a bunt single and came around to score on Quine's two-out base hit to left.
The Rams loaded the bases with a single, an error and an intentional walk with no outs in the fifth, and went in front for good on Downing's single to centerfield off of Reilly that scored a pair of runs. Corrigan singled with one out in the sixth, but Gunarathne retired to the final five batters she faced to close out the win.
Reilly, who came on in relief with one out in the fifth, gave up one unearned run on two hits while striking out a pair in 2.0 innings.
Babson returns to action on Friday when it travels to Wheaton for a 3 p.m. doubleheader, while Framingham State will play two at Worcester State on Saturday beginning at 12 p.m.
• The Beavers are 12-6 all-time against Framingham State.
• Babson is now 6-4 on the year against teams that participated in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
• Reilly, who is first in program history with 76 career games started, made the 20th relief appearance of her career in game two.
• Smith's double in game two was the 40th of her career, moving her into fifth place on the program's all-time list.