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Doubleheader Preview: Softball at Wheaton

Doubleheader Preview: Softball at Wheaton

Softball at Wheaton
Friday, April 13—3/5 p.m.
Clark Field—Norton, Mass.

THE SERIES
Babson and Wheaton will meet for the 31st consecutive season on Friday in a doubleheader. The Beavers are 20-46 all-time against the Lyons and have dropped six of their last seven in the series.

LAST MEETING
Sophomores Tori Roche and Jacqueline Paul both had two hits and classmate Victoria Casey drove in a pair of runs in Babson's 6-4 loss at Wheaton in the second game of a doubleheader on April 2, 2017. Junior Emily Schlapak homered and Caroline Fairbanks drove in three runs for the Lyons, who scored twice in the top of the seventh to go in front for good.

LAST BABSON WIN
Senior Samantha Smith went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBI to help the Beavers defeat Wheaton, 4-2, in game two of a doubleheader on April 10, 2016, in Norton. Classmate Ali Reilly scattered seven hits to earn the complete-game win for the Beavers. Fairbanks went 2-for-3 with a double for the Lyons.

SCOUTING THE LYONS
Wheaton (5-15, 3-7 NEWMAC) snapped a five-game losing streak with an 11-8 victory over Wellesley in the back end of a doubleheader on Tuesday. First-year Jessica Nardozza and junior Shelbi Wilson both had three hits and drove in three runs for the Lyons, who pounded out 15 hits after dropping the opener to the Blue 5-4. Wilson is batting .380 with five doubles and 13 runs batted in, sophomore Jade Assad is hitting .345 with 10 doubles and 11 RBI, and junior Lily Ongkiko enters the day with a .274 average to go along with four extra-base hits and five runs driven in. Senior Allison Cox is 4-7 and Wilson has gone 1-6 for a Wheaton staff that has a 6.57 ERA over its first 20 games.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (15-8, 5-3 NEWMAC) split a doubleheader at Framingham State on Wednesday, winning the opener 9-1 before dropping game two 3-1. Junior Alex Corrigan had two hits and classmate Annie Quine drove in a run in the nightcap for the Beavers, who left six runners on base. Quine is batting .365 with seven extra-base hits and 18 runs batted in, junior Ashley Tango is hitting .357 with seven doubles and 12 RBI, and Paul enters the weekend with a .328 average to go along with one double and a team-high 21 runs driven in. Reilly is 9-2 with a 2.10 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 73.1 innings, while sophomore Brooke Stock (5-4) boasts a 2.02 ERA and has fanned 53 batters in 55.1 innings pitched.

MOVING UP THE CHARTS
In addition to ranking first in program history in wins, games started, appearances and innings pitched, Reilly is now third in Babson history with 372 career strikeouts. She also is just four appearances away from becoming the first pitcher in school history to reach 100 for her career.

GETTING IT DONE AT THE DISH
Smith and Tango have combined to hit .432 (16-for-37) with six doubles, six RBI and nine runs scored over the Beavers' first eight NEWMAC contests. The duo has also posted a .500 on-base percentage and have six combined stolen bases.

RULE OF THREE
The Beavers are 15-1 this season and have won 43 of their last 47 games when scoring three or more runs going back to the start of last season.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Green and White is 12-1 this season when leading after four innings.

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