NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Visiting Babson College scored 23 runs on 32 hits and sophomore Katie Gademsky (Hillsborough, N.J.) tossed the first complete-game shutout of her career to help the Beavers sweep Smith College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon. The Beavers won the opener 14-4 and recorded a 9-0 six-inning victory over the Pioneers in game two.
With the sweep, Babson improved to 20-10 overall and 10-4 in league play, while Smith drops to 5-22 overall and 2-12 in the NEWMAC.
GAME ONE: Babson 14, Smith 4
Senior Erica Pavlo (Coconut Creek, Fla.) went 2-for-3 with a double and four runs batted in, while classmate Ali Reilly (New Canaan, Conn.) added two hits, including a double, and drove in three runs to pace the Beavers' 16-hit attack. Reilly also improved to 12-3 in the circle with a complete-game victory that included five strikeouts.
Sophomore Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, and the trio of senior Samantha Smith (Hillsborough, N.J.) and juniors Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) and Alex Corrigan (Middletown, N.J.) all had two hits and combined to score six runs for the Green and White.
Leading 1-0 entering the fourth, Babson broke the game open with a four-run rally. Sophomore Kayla Schinik (Watchung, N.J.) drove in Paul with an RBI single to right and Reilly followed with a bases-clearing double that chased Smith senior starter Rowan Turner (Kansas City, Mo.) while extending the lead to 5-0.
Pavlo drove in runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to make it 7-0 and the Beavers responded to a four-run sixth from the Pioneers by scoring six times in the top of the seventh. Five different recorded an RBI in the frame, which was capped by Pavlo's two-run double to center.
Turner (4-12) gave up five runs on eight hits in 3.2 innings, while junior Jessica Flohr (Foster City, Calif.) was tagged for nine runs on eight hits in 3.1 innings of relief for Smith.
GAME TWO: Babson 9, Smith 0 (6 innings)
Smith and juniors Annie Quine (Santa Monica, Calif.) and Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) all finished with three hits apiece, and Paul homered and drove in three runs to help the Green and White rout Smith in the nightcap. Smith and Quine each drove in a pair of runs as Gademsky improved to 2-2 by striking out one and scattering six hits to record the first complete-game shutout of her career.
Pavlo and sophomore Victoria Casey (Emerson, N.J.) both finished with two hits for Babson, which recorded 16 hits for the second game in a row.
Paul gave the visitors a 1-0 lead in the second with a lead-off homer to left. Smith drove in Mares with an RBI triple and later scored on Quine's single to left to make it 3-0 in the second. Tango doubled to put a pair of runners in scoring position and Paul drove in Quine with a sacrifice fly to extend the margin to 4-0.
Mares plated Casey with a sacrifice fly in the fourth and Casey doubled home Quine in the fifth before the Beavers closed out the win with a three-run sixth that included RBI knocks by both Quine and Tango.
Gademsky stranded a runner on third in the first and a pair in scoring position in the fourth to keep Smith off the board. She also got a double play to end the third inning and retired six straight batters from the fourth to the sixth innings.
Turner (4-13) went the distance for the Pioneers, allowing nine runs on 16 hits.
Both teams return to action on Friday with doubleheaders starting at 3 p.m. as Babson hosts Springfield, while Smith travels to MIT.
• The Beavers are now 30-31 all-time against Smith and have won 18 of the last 22 games between the teams.
• Reilly became the first pitcher in program history to appear in 100 games with her start in game one.
• The 23 runs scored by Babson in Wednesday's doubleheader are tied for the most in a two-game series since putting up 25 runs in a sweep of Eastern Connecticut State on April 24, 2015.
• The Beavers are now 18-4 when allowing four runs or less this spring.