Softball vs. Brandeis
Tuesday, April 24—3/5 p.m.
Alumni Field—Babson Park, Mass.
Babson and Brandeis will meet for the 45th and 46th times on Tuesday in a series that dates back to 1987. The Beavers are 28-16 all-time against the Judges and have won 21 of the last 25 games between the teams.
Junior Ashley Tango was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI to help the Beavers edge Brandeis, 6-5, in the game of a doubleheader on April 18, 2017, in Babson Park. Meaghan Merullo '17 and Shannon Kortmann '17 both drove in a run in the bottom of the fifth to put Babson ahead for good. Marissa DeLaurentis hit a three-run homer in the third for the Judges.
LAST BRANDEIS WIN
Sophomore Scottie Todd allowed just one run on four hits in a complete-game effort as the Judges defeated Babson, 3-1, in the opener of a doubleheader on April 18, 2017, in Babson Park. Merullo had two hits and reached base three times for the Beavers.
SCOUTING THE JUDGES
Brandeis (9-17) dropped three of four at NYU over the weekend, suffering a 7-5 loss in the series finale on Sunday. Junior Keri Lehtonen had two hits and sophomore Brianna Urena drove in a pair of runs for the Judges, who allowed four runs in the bottom of the sixth. Lehtonen is batting .400 with 11 extra-base hits, 17 runs batted in and 22 runs scored, Todd is hitting .356 with three doubles and six RBI, and senior Amanda Shore checks in at .339 with two homers, 12 runs scored and seven driven in. Todd is 5-6 with a 1.83 ERA, while sophomore Callie MacDonald has struggled going 3-10 with a 5.05 ERA in 62.1 innings pitched.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (24-12), which is fifth in the first NCAA regional rankings, is coming off a 3-0 victory over Tufts on Monday afternoon. Senior Ali Reilly tossed a six-hit shutout and the Beavers scored three unearned runs to run their winning streak to four. Tango is batting .361 with 11 doubles and 22 runs batted in, junior Annie Quine checks in at .352 with 11 extra-base hits, 29 runs scored and 30 runs driven in, and sophomore Jacqueline Paul is hitting .343 with six extra-base hits and 28 RBI. Reilly is 14-4 with a 2.30 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 118.2 innings, while sophomore Brooke Stock is 7-6 with a 2.02 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 72.2 innings pitched.
MAKING PLAYS AROUND THE INFIELD
The Beavers' starting infield of Tango, Paul, senior Samantha Smith and sophomore Annie Mitchell has made just 19 errors in 537 chances for a .964 fielding percentage. Overall this spring, the Green and White has made just 37 errors in 36 contests and also boasts a fielding percentage of .964.
RUN PREVENTION AT A PREMIUM
Over the last seven games, the trio of Reilly, Stock and sophomore Katie Gademsky have combined to go 6-1 with a 1.31 ERA with 24 strikeouts against just four walks in 48.0 innings pitched. They have allowed two runs or less in five of seven contests and recorded a pair of shutouts during this stretch.
GETTING READY FOR A TOURNEY RUN
Following doubleheaders with the Judges on Tuesday and Endicott on Wednesday, the Green and White will turn its attention to the NEWMAC Tournament. Babson will face Emerson in the first round of the double-elimination championship next Wednesday at WPI as it looks to win back-to-back titles for the first time since 2005 and 2006.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers are 17-0 this year when allowing two runs or less.