NEWMAC Tournament | Game #2
No. 3 Softball vs. No. 6 Emerson
Wednesday, May 2—2:30 p.m.
Rooftop Field—Worcester, Mass.
Babson and Emerson will meet for the 12th time on Wednesday in the opening round of the 2018 NEWMAC Tournament. The Beavers are 8-3 all-time against the Lions and the team split their regular season doubleheader back on April 14.
The Beavers and Lions will meet for the first time in the postseason on Wednesday.
Senior Jacqueline DeFusco hit a two-run double in the second and first-year Maddie Tomich added a two-run homer in the fifth as Emerson defeated Babson, 6-1, in game two of a doubleheader on April 14 in Boston. Sophomores Victoria Casey and Jacqueline Paul and first-year Jamie Hoffman all finished with two hits for the Beavers, who left eight on base.
LAST BABSON WIN
Junior Annie Quine doubled, tripled and drove in two runs, while classmate Ashley Tango doubled and drove in three as the Beavers defeated Emerson, 7-2, in the opening game of a doubleheader on April 14 in Boston. Senior Ali Reilly, who struck out five in a complete-game effort, also homered for the Beavers. DeFusco homered in the loss for the Lions.
SCOUTING THE LIONS
Emerson (20-12), which is making its first NEWMAC Tournament appearance, clinched its spot with a 4-3 nine-inning victory at Wheaton back on April 21. Tomich singled home Kallista Leonardos with two outs in the ninth for the Lions, who had just seven hits in the game. DeFusco is batting .406 with 10 doubles, five homers and 24 runs batted in, first-year Lindsey Lowe is hitting .387 with 10 extra-base hits, 18 RBI and 26 runs scored, and Leonardos enters the tournament at .324 with eight doubles, four home runs and a team-high 28 runs driven in. First-year Neely Eddleston is 14-6 with a 3.30 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 106.0 innings pitched.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (24-14) enters the tournament looking to snap a two-game skid following a 4-2 loss to Brandeis in the back of a doubleheader back on April 24. Hoffman and senior Erica Pavlo both had pinch-hit doubles and classmate Nicole Civello drove in a run in the bottom of the seventh for the Beavers. Tango is batting .361 with 11 doubles and 22 runs batted in, Quine is hitting .351 with 11 extra-base hits and team highs of 30 RBI and 31 runs scored, and Paul enters the championship with a .343 average to go along with six extra-base hits and 29 runs driven in. Reilly is 14-4 with a 2.24 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 118.2 innings, while sophomore Brooke Stock has gone 7-6 with a 2.02 ERA and has fanned 66 in 72.2 innings pitched.
SUCCESS STARTS IN THE CIRCLE
Reilly and Stock were dominant in the circle during last year's run to the NEWMAC title posting a 1.22 ERA and recording 50 strikeouts over 46.0 innings. The duo also held opposing batters to just a .211 average over six games and tossed two shutouts in six starts.
Mares is batting .457 (16-of-35) with one double and seven runs scored and Smith boasts a .387 average (12-for-31) with four doubles, five runs scored and six RBI in 10 NEWMAC Tournament games going back to 2016.
LIFE ON THE ROAD
Getting away from the friendly confines of Alumni Field has proven to be successful this spring for Babson, which is 18-9 in road and neutral games this season, which includes an 8-2 mark against NEWMAC opponents.
The winner of Wednesday's contest will take on second-seeded WPI at 5 p.m., while the loser will face an elimination game against either fourth-seeded Springfield or fifth-seeded Coast Guard on Friday at 10 a.m. at MIT.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers are 24-3 this season when scoring three runs or more.