Beavers Clinch Third Seed in Upcoming NEWMAC Tournament, Record Most Conference Wins Since 2006
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Ali Reilly (New Canaan, Conn.) and sophomore Katie Gademsky (Hillsborough, N.J.) both tossed complete games and Babson College rallied with late runs in both contests to sweep the visiting Coast Guard Academy in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.
Babson, which is fifth in the NCAA regional rankings, improves to 23-11 overall and finishes conference play at 13-5. Coast Guard, which is eighth in the regional rankings, drops to 21-11 overall and 10-8 in the NEWMAC.
GAME ONE: Babson 4, Coast Guard 1
Sophomore Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) was 3-for-3 with a home run, junior Alex Corrigan (Middletown, N.J.) had a pinch-hit double and classmate Annie Quine (Santa Monica, Calif.) singled, scored and drove in a run for the Beavers. Reilly allowed just one unearned run on five hits while striking out five over seven innings to improve to 13-4 on the year.
Sophomore Audrey Bartz (Arlington, Va.) was 2-for-3 and classmate Kayla Sowers (Rocklin, Calif.) drove in a run for the Bears. Fellow sophomore Julia Ferris (Falls Church, Va.) suffered the loss to fall to 10-8 after giving up two runs on four hits in five innings. First-year Sydney Arendt (Manistee, Mich.) also allowed two runs on three hits in an inning of relief.
Coast Guard broke a scoreless deadlock in the third as sophomore Courtney McKenna (Sparta, N.J.) singled to lead off the frame and advanced to third on an error and a sacrifice bunt before coming in to score on Sowers' one-out single to center. Babson had just two hits through the first four innings but tied the game at 1-1 on Roche's team-leading fourth home run to left center with one out in the fifth.
Corrigan started the fifth with a double to right-centerfield gap and senior Samantha Smith (Hillsborough, N.J.) walked and raced to second on the wild pitch to put a pair of runners in scoring position. Quine delivered junior Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas), who came on to run for Corrigan, with the go-ahead run, junior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) followed with a sacrifice fly, and sophomore Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) plated Quine with a base hit through the left side to make it 4-1.
GAME TWO: Babson 3, Coast Guard 1
Tango went 3-for-3 with an RBI, Smith was 2-for-3 with a triple and Gademsky (3-2) allowed just one run on six hits to pick up her second consecutive win. Corrigan doubled for the second game in a row and Paul singled and drove in a run for the Beavers.
Sophomore Carly Hattman (Egg Harbor, N.J.) was 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored for the Beavers. Ferris (10-9) started suffered her second loss of the day, allowing three runs on eight hits while fanning three in six innings.
Both teams stranded a pair of runners in the first inning and Coast Guard took a 1-0 lead in the third as Hattman singled and scored all the way from first on senior Emma Hvozdovich's (Palm Harbor, Fla.) double to the wall in right center. The Beavers tied the game when Paul drove in Tango with a double to center in the fourth, and then took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the fifth inning.
Senior Erica Pavlo (Coconut Creek, Fla.) singled to right with one out and Smith drilled a triple to the gap in right center to score Mares, who came on as a pinch runner, all the way from first for a 2-1 advantage. Tango followed with a two-out RBI knock to make it a two-run game.
Gademsky took advantage of a line-drive double play to erase a leadoff single by McKenna in the sixth, and then retired the side in order to close out the win in the seventh.
Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Brandeis in a doubleheader on Tuesday at 3 p.m., while Coast Guard takes on Trinity in a twin bill on Monday at 3 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 22-35 all-time against Coast Guard and have won five straight against the Bears going back to 2016.
• Babson's 13 NEWMAC regular season wins are the program's most since 2006.
• The Green and White improves to 23-2 on the year when scoring at least three runs with Saturday's sweep.
• Over her last five appearances since April 11, Gademsky is 2-1 with a 1.75 ERA.