NEWMAC Tournament Preview: Softball at No. 18 MIT

NEWMAC Tournament Preview: Softball at No. 18 MIT

NEWMAC Tournament | Game #8
No. 3 Softball at No. 1 MIT
Friday, May 4—4 p.m.
Briggs Field—Cambridge, Mass.

BRACKET

THE SERIES
Babson and MIT will meet for the 60th time in a winners bracket game of the 2018 NEWMAC Championship on Friday afternoon in Cambridge. The Beavers are 40-19 all-time against the Engineers and the teams split their regular season doubleheader back on March 30.

POSTSEASON HISTORY
Babson and MIT will matchup for the second year in a row but just the fourth time overall in the conference playoffs on Friday. The Beavers have won two of the three previous meetings, which includes a 1-0 victory in the opening round of last year's tournament.

LAST MEETING
Sophomore Brooke Stock allowed just three hits over the final six innings as Babson rallied to defeat MIT, 3-1, in the back end of a doubleheader on March 30 in Cambridge. Junior Alex Corrigan was 2-for-2 with an RBI and classmate Josephine Mares and sophomore Kayla Schinik both drove in a run for the Beavers, who handed the Engineers their only conference loss.

LAST MIT WIN
Junior Ravenne Nasser tossed a four-hit shutout and senior Amanda Lee smacked a two-run double in the seventh inning to help the Engineers edge Babson, 3-0, in the opening game of a doubleheader on March 30 in Cambridge.

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
Top-seeded MIT (30-6-1), which is ranked 18th in the NFCA poll, defeated fourth-seeded Springfield, 1-0, on Wednesday afternoon. Nasser and first-year Colleen Campbell combined on a two-hitter and senior Zoe Hinton drove in the game's only run in the fifth inning for the Engineers. Sophomore Sarah Von Ahn is batting .402 with 13 doubles, five triples and 33 runs batted in, classmate Devon Goetz is hitting .385 with 18 extra-base hits, 22 walks and 22 RBI, and Lee boasts a .374 average to go along with 18 extra-base hits and 28 runs driven in. Nasser is 16-4 with a 1.85 ERA and 97 strikeouts in 117.0 innings, while Campbell (9-1) has fanned 86 in 74.1 innings to go along with a 1.79 ERA this spring.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Third-seeded Babson (26-14) followed a 5-3 win over sixth-seeded Emerson with a 7-3 victory over second-seeded WPI on Wednesday afternoon. Corrigan drove in the go-ahead run agsint the Lions and sophomore Victoria Casey was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI against the Engineers to help the Beavers rally with six unanswered runs. Junior Annie Quine is batting .350 with 13 extra-base hits and 31 runs batted in, sophomore Jacqueline Paul is hitting .342 with four doubles and 31 RBI, and junior Ashley Tango has a .339 average to go along with a team-high 11 doubles and 22 runs driven in. Senior Ali Reilly is 15-4 with a 2.17 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 125.2 innings, while Stock (8-6) boasts a 2.02 ERA to go along with 78 strikeouts in 78.2 innings pitched.

RAISING HER GAME
Paul, who had three hits in Wednesday's win over Emerson, went 4-for-7 with two RBI and two runs scored against the Lions and Engineers. She has now driven in nine runs in eight career NEWMAC Tournament games.

RUNS AT A PREMIUM
In their last three meetings dating back to last year's conference tournament matchup, Babson and MIT have combined for a total of just eight runs.

LIFE ON THE ROAD
The Green and White continued its success away from the friendly confines of Alumni Field on Wednesday and is now 20-9 this season in road and neutral-field games, which includes a 10-2 mark against NEWMAC opponents.

ANOTHER MILESTONE FOR REILLY
Reilly, who tossed a complete game against Emerson in Wednesday's tournament opener, struck out eight batters to become just the second pitcher in program history to record at least 400 career strikeouts.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers scored six runs in the final at-bat of their two wins on Wednesday.