CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Senior Ali Reilly (New Canaan, Conn.) tossed eight shutout innings and third-seeded Babson College broke a scoreless deadlock with a three-run eighth inning to defeat top-seeded MIT, 3-0, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament winner's bracket game on Friday afternoon at Briggs Field.
Babson, which is the defending NEWMAC champions, improves to 27-14 overall and advances to the tournament final, while MIT slips to 30-7-1 with its third loss in four games.
Reilly, who improved to 16-4 with the win, struck out six and scattered seven hits to record her third shutout of the year and the 16th of her career. Junior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) had two hits, an RBI and reached base three times, while sophomores Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) and Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) both drove in a run for the Beavers.
Junior Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) allowed just two hits while striking out six and walking three in six shutout innings for the Engineers. First-year Colleen Campbell (Snoqualmie, Wash.) came on in relief and suffered the loss to fall to 9-2 after giving up three runs on five hits in two frames. Seniors Jasmin Joseph (Woodland Hills, Calif.) and Amanda Lee (Saratoga, Calif.) both went 2-for-4 in the loss.
Deadlocked at 0-0 after seven innings, the Green and White finally broke through in the eighth. Junior Annie Quine (Santa Monica, Calif.) stroked a one-out double to left center and Tango drove her in with a single to center for the game's first run. Tango stole third and scored on Paul's perfectly execute squeeze bunt, and Roche capped the rally with another RBI knock that scored Paul for a 3-0 advantage.
MIT brought the tying run to the plate after back-to-back one out singles in the last of the eighth, but Reilly blew away sophomore Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) and then got Lee to pop up to finish off the victory.
Neither team could take advantage of their limited opportunities over the first seven innings as the Beavers stranded a pair of runners in the second and left the bases loaded in the sixth. Reilly didn't allow multiple runners on base until the eighth and the Babson defense did its job, throwing out sophomore Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.) trying to stretch a double into a triple to start the second, and picking off Sierra Rosenzweig (Anchorage, Alaska) at third to end the third.
Babson returns to action on Saturday when it faces either MIT or second-seeded WPI in the NEWMAC Tournament final at 2 p.m.
• The Beavers, who have won two-out-of-three against MIT this season, is now 41-19 all-time against the Engineers.
• Babson has scored 15 runs in three NEWMAC Tournament games, nine of which have come in its final at-bat.
• Paul has now driven in 10 runs in nine career conference tournament games.
• Over the last two seasons in the conference playoffs, Reilly is 4-0 with 0.64 ERA, 30 strikeouts and just five walks in 33.0 innings pitched.