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Softball Rallies for Split with Springfield in Battle of Regionally-Ranked Foes

Softball Rallies for Split with Springfield in Battle of Regionally-Ranked Foes

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Babson College juniors Annie Quine (Santa Monica, Calif.) and Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) each drove in a pair of runs as Babson College bounced back from a game-one loss to earn a split with Springfield College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball doubleheader on Friday afternoon at Alumni Field. The Beavers took game two 4-2 after dropping the opener to the Pride, 4-1.

Babson, which has won three of its last four games, is now 22-11 overall and 11-5 in league play, while Springfield is 22-10 overall and 8-8 in the NEWMAC.

GAME ONE: Springfield 4, Babson 1
Tango had a double and sophomore Kayla Schinik (Watchung, N.J.) drove in a run, but the Beavers were limited to just three hits in the opener. Senior Ali Reilly (New Canaan, Conn.) allowed four runs, two of them earned, on eight hits while striking out three and walking two in a complete-game loss to drop to 12-4 on the year.

Senior Kayla Pardoff (Southington, Conn.) was 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored, while sophomore Yaixsa Vargas (Waterbury, Conn.) drove in a pair of runs for the Pride. Senior Talia Loda (East Haven, Conn.) struck out three and improved to 11-4 with the complete-game victory.

Reilly retired the first eight batters she faced and Loda didn't allow a over the first three innings as the game remained scoreless into the fifth. Pardoff drove in the game's first run with a single down the left field line, and then scored the third running of the frame on a throwing error following Vargas' RBI base hit to give Springfield a 3-0 advantage.

The Pride tacked on another run in the top of the seventh as Pardoff led off with a single and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Vargas to make it 4-0. Tango started the bottom of the frame with a double and sophomore Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) followed with a single, but the Green and White was limited to just Schinik's RBI groundout.

GAME TWO: Babson 4, Springfield 2
Sophomore Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and sophomore Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) allowed just two runs while striking out four over seven innings to earn the game-two win for Babson.

Senior Carianna Gasdia (Wakefield, Mass.) had three hits and classmate Rachel Ball (Coventry, R.I.) was 2-for-3 with two runs scored for the Pride.

Springfield took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third on sophomore Allie Wheeler's (Agawam, Mass.) two-out single to right. The Beavers came right back in the bottom of the frame with a pair of runs as Quine was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Tango followed with an RBI groundout to take a 2-1 advantage.

Mares singled to start the fifth and came all the way around to score when Quine tripled to the base of the wall in right to make it 3-1. Tango then plated Quine with a long sacrifice fly to center to extend the margin to 4-1. Stock (7-5) retired the side in order in the sixth before running into a little trouble in the seventh.

Senior Kristen Drobiak (Griswold, Conn.) cut the Pride deficit to 4-2 with a two-out RBI single to left. Vargas followed with another single to center, but Schinik came up firing and gunned Drobiak down at the plate for the game's final out.

Both teams wrap up conference play with doubleheader's starting at 12 p.m. on Saturday as Babson hosts Coast Guard, while Springfield takes on Smith.

• The Beavers are 22-36 all-time against the Pride and have gone 4-3 in seven matchups over the last two seasons.
• Babson improved to 21-2 on the year when scoring three runs or more with its victory in game two.
• The Green and White is now 6-3 this season in games decided by one or two runs.