NEWMAC Tournament Final
Softball at No. 18 MIT
Sunday, May 6—1 p.m.
Briggs Field—Cambridge, Mass.
Babson and MIT will meet for the 62nd time in a winner-take-all NEWMAC championship game on Sunday. The Beavers are 41-20 all-time against the Engineers and the teams have split four games this spring.
Babson and MIT will matchup for the third day in a row but just the sixth time overall in the conference playoffs in Sunday's winner-take-all game. The Beavers are 3-2 against the Engineers in the postseason.
Senior Katherine Shade drove in the winning run with a bunt single in the bottom of the seventh as No. 18 MIT edged Babson, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon in Cambridge. Junior Ravenne Nasser alllowed just one run while striking out five in a complete game for the Engineers. Sophomore Brooke Stock scored the Beavers only run of the game in the third inning.
LAST BABSON WIN
Senior Ali Reilly tossed a complete game and the Beavers pushed across three runs in the top of the eighth to defeat No. 18 MIT, 3-0, on Friday afternoon in Cambridge. Junior Ashley Tango had two hits, an RBI and reach base three times, while sophomores Jacqueline Paul and Tori Roche both drove in a run for Babson.
SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
Top-seeded MIT (32-7-1), which is ranked 18th in the NFCA poll, is 3-1 in the tournament with wins over Babson, Springfield and WPI. Sophomore Sarah Von Ahn is batting .393 with 14 doubles, five triples and 34 runs batted in, senior Amanda lee is hitting .389 with 19 extra-base hits and 31 RBI, and sophomore Devon Goetz boasts a .366 average to go along with 19 extra-base hits, 39 runs scored and 23 runs drive in. Nasser is 18-4 with a 1.61 ERA and 112 strikeouts in 135.0 innings this spring.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Third-seeded Babson (27-15) opened the tournament with wins over Emerson, WPI and MIT prior to Saturday's loss. Junior Annie Quine is batting .349 with 14 extra-base hits and 31 runs batted in, Tango has a .346 average to go along with a team-high 11 doubles and 23 runs driven in, and Paul is hitting .331 with four doubles and 32 RBI. Reilly is 16-5 with a 1.98 ERA and 107 strikeouts in 137.2 innings, while Stock (8-7) boasts a 2.04 ERA to go along with 79 strikeouts in 89.1 innings pitched.
RUNS AT A PREMIUM
In four meetings this season, Babson and MIT have combined for a total of just 13 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 21-10 this season in road and neutral-field games, which includes an 11-3 mark against NEWMAC opponents.
LAST CHANCE TO DANCE
A victory on Sunday would send Babson to the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row and fifth time in program history. The Green and White has not made back-to-back trips to the Division III championship since 2006 and 2007.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Of the 16 runs the Beavers have scored in four NEWMAC Tournament games, nine of have come in their final at-bat.