Softball

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Softball Powers Past Wheaton, 6-2 and 8-0

Softball Powers Past Wheaton, 6-2 and 8-0

NORTON, Mass.—Senior Ali Reilly (New Canaan, Conn.) and sophomore Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) each picked up a win and combined for three hits, three runs and five RBI as visiting Babson College swept a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball doubleheader at Wheaton College on Friday afternoon. The Beavers rallied to win the opener 6-2 before recording an 8-0 five-inning victory in game two.

Babson, which has won five of its last six games, improves to 17-8 overall and 7-3 in league play, while Wheaton slips to 5-17 and 3-9. 

GAME ONE: Babson 6, Wheaton 2
Senior Samantha Smith (Hillsborough, N.J.), junior Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) and classmate Annie Quine (Santa Monica, Calif.) all had two hits and combined to drive in five runs in the opener for the Green and White. Reilly, who was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored at the plate, improved to 10-2 on the year after giving up just two runs on seven hits in her 54th career complete game.

Junior Shelbi Wilson (Peabody, Mass.) went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI for the Lyons. Senior Allison Cox (Torrance, Calif.) dropped to 4-8 on the season after allowing six earned runs on 10 hits in a complete-game effort.

Wilson smacked an RBI double and junior Emily Schlapak (Dover, N.H.) followed with an RBI single to give Wheaton a 2-0 lead after one. The Beavers broke through in the third as Smith tied the game with a two-run double to left and junior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) followed with an RBI single to center for a 3-2 advantage.

The Lyons left the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position in the bottom of the fourth and Babson tacked on three insurance runs in the seventh to put the game away. Mares tripled to right to score sophomore Annie Mitchell (Rehoboth, Mass.) and Reilly, and Quine came through with an opposite-field single to drive in another run two batters late to extend the margin to four.

GAME TWO: Babson 8, Wheaton 0 (5 innings)
Stock (6-4) tossed a three-hit shutout in the circle and hit a grand slam and drove in five runs at the plate to help Babson finish off the sweep. Mares had two hits, including a double, while sophomores Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) and Kayla Schinik (Watchung, N.J.) each recorded a pair of hits and combined to score three times in the win.

Wilson (1-7) started but was unable to make it out of the second inning after giving up five runs on four hits for Wheaton.

Mares gave the Beavers a 1-0 lead in the first after doubling and stealing third before racing home on a throwing error. First-year Jamie Hoffman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) led off the second with a walk, Paul and Schinik followed with singles and Stock cleared the bases with her first career dinger to make it 5-0.

Stock drew a bases-loaded walk in the third to extend the lead to 6-0 and Paul and Quine came through with RBI singles in the fifth for an eight-run advantage. The Lyons recorded back-to-back singles with one out in the fourth, but the scoring threat was quickly ended as Schlapak lined into a double play.

Both teams return to action on Saturday at 12 p.m. as Babson visits Emerson for a doubleheader, while Wheaton hosts Clark.

DOUBLEHEADER NOTES
• The Beavers are now 22-46 all-time against Wheaton and swept the Lyons for the first time since 2011.
• Smith is now tied for fourth on the program's career list with 41 doubles and moved into 10th place with 144 hits.
• Mares' triple in game one was the ninth of her career, tying her with Michelle Malone '02 for fourth on the program's all-time list.
• Babson is now 17-1 this season when scoring at least three runs.

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